Art instructor with student

Art and Design

Certificate Technical Degree Transfer

Do you dwell in the creative sphere? At San Jacinto College, we believe in the transformative power of art. Our art and design program provides hands-on education in various mediums, empowering you to turn your passion into a career.

Transfer to a university with a Fine Arts degree offered at all campuses. Or, pursue a technical degree or certificate at our South Campus.

Program at a Glance

Career Opportunities

With a technical degree or certificate in art and design, you can find a career as a:

  • Art Director
  • Layout Artist
  • Brand Identity Designer
  • Logo Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Prepress Technician
  • Web Designer

Earning Potential

Graphic Designer: $51,158
Art Director: $85,473
Fine Artists, including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators $27,249
Special Effects Artists and Animators $61,157

For more salary information, check out Texas Wages.


Central Campus, Fine Arts AA only
North Campus, Fine Arts AA only
South Campus, Fine Arts AA and Art & Design degree/cert.


Art and Design, AAS

Technical Degree
The Associate of Applied Science degree prepares you for an entry-level career. You’ll be ready to enter the visual advertising, graphic design, or media communication fields. Our program covers both print and digital media, as well as:Web design, Digital video, Photography, and Motion graphics
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in four terms.

Art and Design, Certificate of Technology

The Certificate of Technology prepares you for the degree program, an entry-level career, or advancement in your current career. The program covers a wide range of design concepts and applications. It includes hands-on training in:Design communications, Digital media, Web design, Photography, and Video production
Length 1.5 Years
If you're studying part-time, you can complete the 33 credits for this certificate in three terms

Art and Design, Occupational Certificate

The Occupational Certificate prepares you for the AAS degree or Certificate of Technology program or to advance in your current career. Get the skills you need to launch a career in graphic design. Our program covers everything from design principles to software. You’ll learn from experienced instructors in our modern computer labs and studios.
Length 6 Months
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 21 credits for this certificate in two terms.

Fine Arts, AA

This Associate of Arts degree prepares you to transfer to a 4-year college or university. You'll gain a solid understanding of the principles of art and design, as well as practical skills in various mediums. Contact our advisors if you’re planning to transfer to a four-year institution. We can design a transfer plan to make it a seamless transition.
Length 2 Years
If you're studying full-time, you can complete the 60 credits for this program in four terms.


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After San Jacinto College

Students can choose to move on to a Bachelors Degree by first earning a Fine Arts AA degree in order to transfer to a 4 year university. Learn more about transferring.

Art Class

SmooTh transitions

Academic Transfers
Planning to transfer to a four-year university after San Jac? We’ve got you covered! Our transfer program makes the process simple and hassle-free. Our advisors can help you create a personalized transfer plan, ensuring a smooth transition to your next institution.

The Gallery Experience

With galleries on three campuses, there are endless opportunities for you to showcase and experience art. All galleries are free to the public and also host professional artists, national traveling exhibitions, and interactive works.
Central Campus Gallery

Hours vary. Contact us for a showing!

8060 Spencer Highway, Building 21
Pasadena, TX 77505


North Campus Gallery

Monday - Friday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

5800 Uvalde Rd, Building N1, 
Houston, TX, 77049


South Campus Gallery

Monday - Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: By appointment

13735 Beamer Road 
Houston TX, 77089 



Interested in joining the San Jac art and design department? Fill out the form below!



Ask Us!

Have questions? Please reach out to one of our faculty members.
Randy Snyder
DC, Fine Arts/Speech/Educ
(281) 998-6150x7228
Jeffrey McGee
Dept Chair, Fine Arts
(281) 998-6150x3523
Todd Allison
Dept Ch, Arts/Comm/Phys Educ
(281) 998-6150x1376