Online Bachelor’s Degrees in Graphic Design

Online baccalaureate programs in graphic design may provide students with comprehensive training on creating visual concepts via computer software applications. In these four-year programs, students may learn how to create images that convey a specific message, develop graphic images for clients, and present projects to art directors for final approval. Program coursework may combine general education requirements alongside core graphic design courses, such as art direction, concept development, and design principles.

Graduates may either seek entry-level employment or enroll in upper-level educational programs. Graduates of the baccalaureate program may seek employment in advertising, public relations, publishing, or design.

Program Overview

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

Program Coursework

The curriculum within a baccalaureate program in graphic design may integrate general education courses alongside major-specific classes. These core-centric classes may teach students how to create marketing strategies, develop critical thinking skills, and deal with conceptual problem solving. Core graphic design courses may include the following:

  • Typography
  • Graphic Symbolism
  • Concept Development
  • Art Direction
  • Web Scripting
  • Mixed Media
  • Design Principles

Career Options

Graduates of online baccalaureate programs in graphic design may find employment options in publishing, design services, advertising, and public relations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment opportunities are expected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020*.

Possible careers include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Industrial Designer
  • Print Designer
  • Web Developer

Continuing Education

Individuals who successfully complete a bachelor’s degree program in graphic design may have the opportunity to continue their education by enrolling in a graduate-level graphic design program. A master’s-level program may provide students additional training and experience in graphic design theory and research. The BLS states that most employers prefer to hire candidates who have at least a bachelor’s degree in graphic design or related field*. Prior to seeking advancement, candidates may need at least one to three years of experience in the industry.

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

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