Graphic Arts

Graphic Arts

Headline: Students: Apply now for a One-Thousand Dollar ($1K) Education Scholarship
Deadline May 31, 2022 – For full information, go to News Page:

Mission Statement: The Laney College Graphic Arts Department provides a first-tier education in Graphic Arts at an affordable rate. The diversity of the multi-generational and multicultural population of students and faculty provides a unique learning experience. We teach graphic design and new-media skills using the latest software used in the print and online media industries. These tools include the Adobe Creative Cloud products: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and web and animation technologies.

We offer degree and certificate programs in Applied Graphic Design and digital media. We recently added a new animation certificate to our program.

We are offering a mix of online, hybrid, and in-person classes in Spring 2022. 

The Graphics Arts courses are uniquely suitable for online and hybrid instruction. Our capable instructors have created outstanding online and hybrid courses with digital lectures, video tutorials, and online discussions.

  • Online courses are taught remotely using Canvas and Zoom
  • Hybrid courses are taught 50% remotely using Canvas and Zoom and 50% in-class on the Laney campus
  • In-person classes are taught fully masked with appropriate social distancing
  • Our students have access to their virtual classrooms 24/7
  • Our instructors are available via Zoom and Canvas to answer questions
  • We have student tutors/TA who can provide extra help to our students
  • Laney College provides laptops and free access to software for those who need them

Video: How to enroll online at Laney College


Video: Dept. Chair Daniela Nikolaeva and her students interviewed on Peralta TV

Earn a Degree or a Certificate in Graphic Design

PDF: Program Learning Outcomes

Certificates/AA Degrees

Applied Graphic Design/Digital Imaging

The AA degree and certificate in Applied Graphic Design/Digital Imaging offer hands-on experience for students interested in combining artistic creativity and computer technology. Students receive practical knowledge of processes, color theory, design elements and principles, computer software applications, and personal communication skills.

Graphics in Motion

The Certificate of Proficiency in Graphics in Motion introduces students to the fundamental building blocks of animated filmmaking using art, animation principles, and personal creativity. Students will cover topics in basic drawing for animation; Disney’s 12 principles; timing and spacing of objects, nature, animals, and humans; and professional animation software.

To find information about our certificates and degrees,
please download the Graphic Arts Brochure:

For practice assessment tests go to the Assessment web site
For Information on Registration for Classes
Here is our Laney Graphic Arts Facebook link