Online Associate Degrees in Graphic Design

An online associate degree in graphic design may provide students with a concentrated program of study in which students learn how to create electronic images and concepts using specialized software. In this two-year program, students may learn how to visually communicate ideas using images and graphics. Program coursework may combine select general education courses with core graphic design courses such as typography, color theory, and electronic publishing.

Upon completion of the program, individuals may consider entry-level employment in the graphic design field or enter a baccalaureate program at an online college or university. Graduates of associate-level programs may pursue employment in publishing, web design, publishing, or advertising.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: Two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment or Bachelor’s Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 13% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for associate-level graphic design programs may integrate general education courses with core graphic design coursework. These core courses may teach students how to create visual concepts and images necessary to provide brand identity to an organization. Core graphic design courses may include the following:

  • Color Theory
  • Typography
  • Concept Development
  • Photo Image Editing
  • Electronic Publishing
  • Introduction to Design Applications
  • Design and Technology

Career Options

Graduates of online associate degree programs in graphic design may find employment opportunities in advertising, publishing, computer design, and marketing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in graphic design are expected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Art Director
  • Industrial Designer
  • Advertising Designer

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an associate degree program in graphic design may choose to continue their education by obtaining a four-year bachelor’s degree in a related field. A bachelor’s degree program may provide more advanced training in design concepts, computer programs, and graphic tools. Employers may require individuals to hold at least a bachelor’s degree before advancement to senior-level positions.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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