Online Master’s Degrees in Graphic Design

An online master’s degree in graphic design may provide students with advanced training on the basics of technology and media art. In these upper-level programs, students may learn how the role of graphic design integrates with different cultures. Program coursework may include major-specific courses, such as integrated advertising, information design, and digital photography.

Graduates may either seek entry to upper-level employment opportunities or enroll in a doctoral program in the field. Graduates may seek employment in advertising, public relations, publishing, and design.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: 13% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum within a master’s degree program in graphic design includes several core courses that may help students build a strong, visually engaging portfolio. These courses may teach students how to understand the latest global trends within the industry, use communication skills through technology, and develop practical skills. Core graphic design courses may include the following:

  • Typography
  • Information Design
  • Branding
  • Packaging
  • Green Strategies
  • Integrated Advertising
  • Digital Photography

Career Options

Graduates of master’s-level programs in graphic design may find employment opportunities in publishing, advertising, public relations, and media design. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment options in graphic design are expected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020*.

Possible careers include:

  • Marketing Manager
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Print Designer
  • Publication Designer

Continuing Education

Students who graduate from a master’s-level program in graphic design may decide to further their education by enrolling in a doctoral-level program. These upper-level programs may provide students with additional research and training in which students learn design and innovation theory and teaching. Most employers prefer to hire applicants who have successfully completed a bachelor’s-level program in graphic design or a related field.

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

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  • Media Design, Master of Fine Arts (Online)