Digital Arts

Become a Student

Contact Art Department

Department Phone


This program is part of the Art Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts
Digital Arts

The overarching goal of our Digital Arts program is to teach students how to create and present art and design that is technically sound, conceptually rich, and visually powerful. While computers have opened up a seemingly limitless amount of creative options for artists and designers, making truly effective work requires a mix of technical capabilities and creative intelligence.

The Digital Arts Program at MCC is designed for the student who wishes to develop marketable skills in digital photography, digital illustration, and graphic design. Our program allows aspiring digital artists to develop their area of interest and can prepare them for employment or transfer to a four-year institution. For those already working in the field, our classes are a great way to continue building knowledge and skills.

For the convenience of our students, we offer both day and evening classes. Students in our program have access to three Mac labs loaded with the Adobe Master Suite and other media production software. Designated lab hours with optional software tutoring in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are also available to all Digital Arts students.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.


The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Digital Arts program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Digital Arts: Digital Photography
Certificate of Completion CCL Graphic Design
Certificate of Completion CCL Illustration


MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Digital Arts program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Animation and Time-Based Media
Associate in Applied Science AAS Graphic Design
Associate in Applied Science AAS Illustration and Sequential Art
Associate in Applied Science AAS Photography

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of the Digital Arts program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, and Other Fine Artists


Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators


Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers


* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

Meet with an Advisor

Become a Student

Click here for MCC’s easy-to-use Enrollment Steps.

Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Digital Arts program is available through the Art department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.