Online Doctoral Degrees in Graphic Design

An online doctoral degree in graphic design may provide individuals with in-depth and training needed to investigate design theory and methods pertaining to graphic design research. Students enrolled in these PhD programs, students may learn how to create images to convey a message, select specific layouts, and investigate graphic design history. In these upper-level programs, students may complete a thesis or dissertation as well as take major-specific courses, such as research ethics, interactive design, and multicultural communication.

Upon graduation, students may seek entry to upper-level employment. Doctoral-level graduates may find employment opportunities in publishing, advertising, and designing.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 13% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within an online doctoral degree in graphic design may include several major-specific courses as well as a dissertation or thesis requirement. In these upper-level programs, students may learn how to evaluate and analyze color theory, understand the history behind graphic design, and conduct investigations pertaining to industrial design and graphic design. Core graphic design courses may include the following:

  • Multicultural Communication
  • Design Education
  • Interactive Design
  • Design History
  • Research Ethics
  • Color, Design, and Human Perception
  • Design Planning and Evaluation

Career Options

Doctoral-level graphic design graduates may find employment in designing, publishing, advertising, and computer systems design. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for those pursuing graphic design careers are expected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Industrial Designer
  • Drafter
  • Printing Worker

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

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