Graphic Design

Graphic design majors are taught to communicate visually through a variety of mediums for commercial use. Graphic designers use a combination of typography, computer-assisted art and design, technical drawing, color theory, modeling, animation, and multimedia applications to create logos, packaging, advertisements, print publications, and websites.

This area of study generally leads directly to a career as a graphic designer. It is available predominantly at the baccalaureate and master levels.

Baccalaureate

A Bachelor’s in Graphic Design is what’s typically required to enter the field. Taking the traditional four years, majors in this area of study will have courses on two- and three-dimensional design, desktop publishing, graphics for the web, digital photography, and more. To graduate, many programs require a portfolio and/or internship.

Careers for graduates with a Bachelor’s in Graphic Design: Graphic Designer

Master’s Level

Furthering education in this field of study usually results in higher pay or title. There are several options at the graduate level, beginning with either a Master of Arts (MA) in Graphic Design or a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. An MA will likely take between 1 to 2 years, the shortest graduate program type available. An MFA will typically take between 2 to 3 years and is considered a terminal degree, so it’s a good option for students interested in teaching graphic design at the university level.

Two other options available to graphic design students are a Master of Design (MDes) or a Design Master of Business Administration (DMBA). Traditionally, both are two year programs and both are designed for specialization, such as constructing 3D models or web videos, motion graphics or project conceptualization. The DMBA will feature the chosen specialization as well as business skills and can be a good option for individuals looking to start their own business.

Careers for individuals with a graduate degree in graphic design include: Graphic Designer, Professor, Art Director, Industrial Designer, Animator

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Colleges

“…Penn State was a large beautiful school. It offered many different fields for students to choose to major in. There were many activities to do, organizations to join, and people to meet.” – Michelle

“…The University of Florida is a great college to attend because it provides a very diverse environment- which includes diversity within the students, professors, and employees, and diversity within the studies. It is a beautiful university with...” – Melissa from Silver Springs, FL

“…Boston University is an elite university that is constantly improving. It is a very expensive college but has a lot of resources for its students. Students who wish to attend should be somewhat independent and not afraid to take full advantage of the...” – Daniel from Staten Island, NY

“…Arizona State University is a great school. I attend the Walter Cronkite School for students of Mass Communication and Journalism and I love the experience I have gained from the college. I feel prepared for future jobs and work experience. ” – Kirsten from Phoenix, AZ

“…The University of Washington is a challenging school that blossoms independence and creativity. The majority of all faculty members are enthusiastic about the subject they teach, and are willing to assist all students. This school provides excellent...” – Ronald from Honolulu, HI

“…michigan state had everything i was looking for in a university-challenging classes, all types of students, and a beautiful location to call home. as an undecided freshman, i appreciated the wide variety of available classes and majors. the 500+...” – Rachel from Ann Arbor, MI

“…Great friendly campus in the middle of cornfield, USA. Classes are theoretical and challenging in the engineering dept. However, it's easy to take a variety of other classes (art, history, dance, etc), regardless of your major.” – Alleycats from Urbana, IL

“…The ambient and city surrounding UM contribute a completely unique cultural experience the likes of which are cannot be found any where else in the world. The academic environment is lackluster, and those seeking a truly rigorous scholastic...” – BME from Miami, FL

“…Northeastern is an incredible school. The professors truly want to see you succeed, the classes are far more interesting and engaging than I ever imagined they would be, and there is really a sense of community throughout the campus. From the amazing...” – Brooke from Marlton, NJ

“…in my opinion, this school is underrated. it is an excellent university with excellent professors and spectacular school spirit. it can definitely compete with other texas universities. ” – Christopher from Houston, TX

“…Central Michigan University has the best professors for the Recreation Department! Everyone here is a family and the people really do care about your well being and future. This college has made me a better person through it's programs.” – Jelina from Mt. Pleasant, MI

“…ohio university deserves a 10 out of 10! the campus and atmosphere here is remarkable. the teachers really want you to succeed and so do your peers.” – Amy from Newark, OH

“…Exciting and diverse” – Thomas from Philadelphia, PA

“…Colorado State University has given me the best college experience I could dream of. There are opportunities for anything you could imagine - and these opportunities are everywhere! Everyone is friendly, and all anyone wants is for each and every...” – Bailey

“…liberty is an absolutely fantastic school due to its involved staff, passionate students, and overall christian experience. as a christian school it carries certain stigmas, but i have found that despite the rules that are just there to protect us,...” – Jacquelyn from Crozet, VA

“…George Mason University is very diverse. The classes and professors are also very helpful in class and throughout the application process. The school is also very, very welcoming and makes you have a sense of belonging. ” – LISA from Falls Church, VA

“…By far the most diverse private school I've ever encountered, I love it. Staff is always easily approachable! Extremely worth every cent I pay. ” – Cynthia from Chicago, IL

“…University of Denver is an AWESOME school! The small and focused class sizes allow students to get a wonderful education and the professors truly care about the students well being. It also offers a wonderful social life with sororities/fraternities,...” – Tara from Highlands Ranch, CO

“…George Washington is the only place I'd want to be. There's no other college in the world that is just a few steps from the White House and the Lincoln Memorial. GW is a large school, with a diverse student body who all come together for fun events...” – Meredith from Marlton, NJ

“…This university offers great city living where museums, concerts and sports events are only a stones throw away. The opportunity offered to students to work 6 months inbetween academics is also appealing both in terms of seeing if your chosen major...” – Sean from Quakertown, PA

“…Iowa State is a large university with the small college feel. It has many students but everywhere I go, I see people I know, and that are in my classes. Everyone is very nice and the professors know what they are teaching.” – Grace from Vermont

“…USF is a beautiful school located in one of the coolest cities in the U.S. The classes are fun, the community on campus is lively and engaging, and the friends you meet are definitely the ones who will be in your life for a long time. I've really...” – Laura from La Quinta, CA

“…NC State is a large school with a small school feel. You can walk around campus and always see a familiar face. There are always new people to meet as well. ” – Shayna from Germantown, MD

“…I have had a great time during my four years at AU. Not only did I receive an excellent in-class education, but I was able to supplement this part of my education with an internship every semester. In addition, the study abroad program that I did was...” – Kaitlyn from Frankenmuth, MI

“…the campus is beautiful and there are so many helpful students and staff (and plus all of the student programs they offer!). there are plenty of ways to get involved on campus through clubs or greek life or even a job on campus. the academics are a...” – Kaitlin from Merced, CA

“…Brigham young stands as a precedent for student education. It is a pinnacle of cleanliness of word and of character. It is a school like no other with the honor code as a standing tradition to be upheld by the students and the faculty. ” – Kaitlyn from Riverton, UT

“…I have a love-hate relationship with UNLV as I pretty much do with anything. The good definitely outweighs the bad though. It's virtually impossible to sum up my experience at UNLV in only three sentences!” – Jenny from Las Vegas, NV

“…Small classrooms and good teachers.” – Garrett from Portland, OR

“…The rustic mountains make calling it home easier than I ever thought possible. The friendly atmosphere creates lasting and loving friendships for a lifetime. Lastly, but not least, the innovative thinkers that enter the classrooms each day give a...” – Camille from China Grove, NC

“…san jose state is a great school. they provide many resources for students to be successful. although college is hard, there are always something fun to do there such as participating in clubs and sports.” – brian from san jose, ca

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“…Mercer University is a great college for students who want academic rigor, professors who know their names, and a place to meet all kinds of people.” – Kelsy from Tifton, GA

“…Montclair State University is a beautiful school and i definitely recommend it for anyone looking for a college to attend. The class sizes are good for learning and the professors are very helpful! You learn more at this school than you could...” – Tabish from Bergenfield, NJ

“…A friendly campus nestled in the heart of a city that's small enough to feel comfortable, with home town charm. The instructors know their stuff and deliver lectures of the highest caliber, providing a friendly learning environment that welcomes all...” – Jessica from Fresno, CA

“…Chapman is a small school with lots of friendly familiar faces. Chapman has great enthusiastic professors that are very personable. Chapman is really a school that is all about you. ” – so you cant stalk me on facebook

“…Pratt is an oasis in the city for artistic people looking to develop and expand their skills. Prestigious and rigorous, this school is not for everybody, but it is a guaranteed that if you can get through four years here, you will be able to find...” – Landry from Scottsdale, AZ

“…High Point is a very clean, organized, and up-and-coming school in North Carolina. It is a four-year university, although it is working on expanding currently and creating new masters degree programs as well. It has a generally friendly atmosphere...” – Caitlin from Daleville, VA

“…You get what you make of it. Research funding is limited, however when you are interested in running studies, if you impress the right people you can dominate your department. ” – Melissa from Smithtown, NY

“…WMU has a very nice campus where everything is fairly close to each other, unlike big 10 universities with enormous campuses. The professors are very helpful and personable due to the small classes and the opportunity to get acquainted with one...” – Alexander from Shelby Township, MI

“…Oklahoma State University is an amazing place to live. The second I stepped on campus the current students and the staff made me feel like I was at home. The faculty is always friendly and willing to work with you, allowing you to have a successful...” – Alyssa from Sapulpa, OK

“…Suffolk University has great professors that not only challenge your mind but guide you thoroughly through the course. The campus is in the heart of Boston which is another plus. And there are also so many opportunities for clubs and activities for...” – Desiree from Beverly, MA

“…I love Columbia. It's a great environment for artists. I am always getting great opportunities. ” – Catherine from Oak Park, IL

“…Xavier is a private institution with a strong Jesuit focus. Xavier always has a welcoming atmosphere that makes campus immediately feel like home. The professors on campus are eager to teach and always make class interesting and engaging. ” – Kathleen from IL

“…georgia southern is a great place to go if you are outgoing and like being around people. the campus is absolutely beautiful, and the library is unlike anything you've ever seen. being involved on campus is the best thing you could do for yourself!” – Rebecca from Acworth, GA

“…I give Southern New Hampshire University an excellent rating, five stars out of five stars. I feel at home here and have little financial, academic, or social worries. Southern New Hampshire University does an outstanding job at building...” – Mallory from Gorham, NH

“…coastal carolina is an excellet school, it has a pretty good science program. although biochemistry is a new major here, the science departments are pretty fond of this major. the science departments has a good tutoring program” – Tiesha from Lancaster, SC

“…The university is very clean and a small campus. Not very diverse, predominantly white. There isn't a whole lot going on, but you find things to do.” – Sara from Farmington Hills, MI

“…Quinnipiac has a beautiful campus right across from Sleeping Giant state park; no matter what season it is the campus is stunning. The class sizes are nice and small so it is easier to learn in the classroom. The professors are amazing and try to...” – Susan from North Andover, MA

“…A very good school, close to plenty of nice places to go. If you ever need to find food or anything for your dorm room, you can easily find plenty of stores that can accommodate you. If you ever need to get anywhere in Florida and don't have a car,...” – Michael from Pembroke Pines, FL

Oakland University
Rochester Hills, MI

“…Oakland University is an involved and exciting school with so much to offer students. A place to learn and explore many options of career choices. A place to meet life long friends. ” – Yewande from Warren, MI

“…Very Military Friendly school. The faculty and staff are very helpful and knowledgable. Very cost effective for those on a limited budget.” – Alexander from Fayetteville, NC

“…TCU is a small-medium size school that is gaining national recognition in academics and sports. The community is very supportive and school-spirited. The students and professors are all passionate about their particular area of study and just...” – Becca from California

“…creighton is easily the best college in the area, and has a great reputation, especially in the midwest. it has awesome medical and science programs. everyone i know who has gone there has come away from it pleased with their investments, whether...” – Mauree from Lavista, NE

“…This college is a great choice to consider while looking into colleges. The campus is absolutely beautiful and peaceful to study during breaks! The administration and faculty is really helpful with all students! ” – Dhandavie from Far Rockaway, NY

“…virginia commonwealth university is a terrific school.i don't recommend this school to someone who isn't use to a big city. also if you don't like big classrooms with 150 plus students, i don't recommend it.” – Christa from Lynchburg, VA

“…New School is a wonderful school, small classes and very involved student and faculty. As students we also benefit from great lectures and organized events involving highly recognized professionals in fields from fashion design to sustainable...” – Saydee from Brooklyn, NY

“…i would rate fit, 9 out of 10. fit offers endless opportunities that allow students to get involved in the fashion industry in college. all of the professors and faculty are serious about every students success. last but not least, fashion institute...” – Michelle Smith

“…The academics are rigorous RIT is not a place to take your academics lightly. How good your social life is depends on what your looking for. If your a geek you'll fit right in but if more of a party person it will be harder for you to find your niche...” – Ernesto from Inglewood, CA

“…A small private school in the midst of big changes in the upcoming years. Good community within the school that reaches out and makes use of the surrounding community as well. Teachers and advisers on the whole are very supportive and will do what...” – Britnee from Annandale, VA

“…This college is meant for those who want to be themselves or want to discover themselves. The classes feel almost personalized, everyone cares about your education and how you do. Basically, everyone accepts you without judging you and wants the best...” – Ana from Savannah, GA

“…Central is a college that makes one feel like they fit in. No one looks down on others. Central Washington University is a place where fun is encouraged, but it does not interfere with school work. ” – Billie-Jean

“…i love colorado mesa university. the campus is beautiful and the curriculum is very good. it is also a great place to make new friends, and in some cases even family. ” – Kimberly from Salida, CO

“…Philadelphia University is a beautiful university. The faculty here will do all it can to make sure you succeed in your future career or field. It provides many opportunities that many other universities do not, including free tutoring, personal...” – Rachel from Weatherly, PA

“…One of the best in the midwest! My experience has been great, everybody is dedicated to making the Elmhurst Experience better. Beautiful campus, great reputation.” – Chad from Lombard, IL

“…A&T is a wonderful institution! They provide lots of scholarship, and internship opportunities, and provide other services to their students to ensure success after graduation. I also found out at A&T that as long as I asked for help, I received help...” – Keira from Buffalo, NY

“…i am so glad i decided to come here! all of the professors have doctorates and so far they have genuinely cared about my education. the campus is absolutely gorgeous.” – Meridith from Byron, IL

“…Boise State University is a beautiful school. It is very socialized with tons of campus activities such as sports. I enjoy going to school here as well as living in the dorm on campus.” – Yonsoo from Boise, ID

“…I love the atmosphere here at UNI. The students are amazing and the professors are always there to help. The class sizes are perfect for someone who is looking for a college that has a lot going on but isn't too big.” – Christina from Cedar Falls, IA

“…Park University is a very DIVERSE school. It is also very private not cluttered like most of your public schools. The teachers there also give you more attention then any other school I went to.” – Chaz from Saint Louis, MO

“…bradley gives a well-rounded education. the campus is beautiful and everything is easily accessible. the students, faculty, staff, and professors are nice and always willing to give a helping hand.” – Megan from Lake Zurich, IL

“…i love lamar, its a great school and very diverse. at lamar university we have so many opportunities here. the school helps you succeed with the internships and organizations that are provided for us here at lamar. ” – Shaundrea from Houston, TX

“…This is an affordable university with a great atmosphere. I would suggest Texas A&M-Commerce to anyone looking for an affordable, well-rounded college. The professors and staff are very friendly and love to work with the students.” – TAMUC Student

“…Cleveland State University is Full of opportunity and people who want you to succeed. CSU has so many student Clubs and activities going on that you may wonder if attend fun events might be a class. CSU also has wickedly awesome discounts with local...” – Sir Joshua from Cleveland, OH

“…I love Weber State!!! The teachers are extremely caring and are willing to help you with anything in order to help you succeed. I was extremely worried about attending my first year of college, but from the moment I got there I have felt excited...” – Hunter from West Bountiful, UT

“…Carthage is about meeting new people and feeding off others ideas and outlooks on life. In most traditional colleges an intellectual development is highly stressed, but here you are encouraged to grow spiritually , socially, and emotionally into a...” – Alicia from Zion, IL

“…The University of North Dakota is a great college that offers many different options for student interests. It allows students to open their horizons and experience different programs. Its system is easy to navigate and the advisors are always...” – Kirsten from Staples, MN

“…the professors i have met have been helpful and caring. the financial aid office is really helpful. wsu also has a really good student guest program if you are still in high school. ” – Rachel from Goddard, KS

“…Marymount Manhattan College is in an ideal location for students interested in all kinds of studies. The college is incredibly helpful in ensuring students get everything they need from tutoring to finding an internship in the city. The professors...” – Brittany from Leonardo, NJ

“…samford is a great place to learn in a christian environment. there is a great student to faculty ratio, giving students plenty of opportunity to seek individual help. the faculty are warm and inviting, and always willing to help students improve...” – Megan

“…St. John's University is an amazing school. Not only is the campus amazing but the people are great as well. You will feel more than at home here.” – Jessica from Elmhurst, NY

“…Muhlenberg is such an amazing school in every aspect of student life. The accommodations are amazing and they're enhanced by all the students who fill them. You can always find something to smile about while you're on campus. ” – Anna from Scarborough, ME

“…UB is essentially a diverse small friendly community providing a great atmosphere with much to benefit and learn from. The programs as well as courses satisfy my academic endeavor for the pursuit of knowledge. Living on campus is an individualistic...” – Brian from Yonkers, NY

“…The U of M has exceptional opportunities for those undergraduates who want to pursue research. The campus has a very diverse population with students coming from all over the world. The classes are difficult, but numerous sources of help are...” – Staci from MN

“…If Susquehanna University fits your criteria when looking for schools, it is close to guaranteed that you will find it to be wonderful. Don't let the sticker shock get to you- they give good financial aid here. If you're serious about your college...” – Sarah from Pennsylvania

“…The University of La Verne is a great university to attend because the class sizes are small enough to be able to interact with everyone, especially Professors. I find that it is easier to learn in a small classroom setting. What I love most about...” – RR from Duarte, CA

“…This school provides a great educational opportunity for those who want a good education but have other obligations.” – Teffany from Tracy, CA

Rider University
Lawrenceville, NJ

“…I simply just love attending Rider University. From the amazing people, to the fun events and the great professors, choosing Rider was the best decision I made. ” – Diana from South River, NJ

“…benedictine university is a great institution for students facing adversity. the faculty, staff and students all work together to provide a great community. at benedictine university everyone is someone you should know.” – Shaccira from Lisle, IL

“…lipscomb is an excellent school with a very caring faculty and staff. the christian community here is uplifting and encouraging.” – Jessica from Smyrna, TN

“…on a 1 to 10 i rate oru a 10. it is truly a fine university academically, athletically, and spiritually. it is an honor to say i attend oru!” – Michael from North Carolina

“…the community here is an incredible blessing. the close-knit relationships formed are life changing. the professors truly care about each student.” – Sharon from Abilene, TX

“…St. Cloud State University is a truly positive, educational institution. It provides the knowledge one seeks when deciding colleges and offers a life unlike other institutions. Those who experience it understand its superior qualities.” – Sonny from Saint Cloud, MN

“…Awesome staff/teachers/workers, number 2 in the country for travel abroad, 100% of students complete professional internships! AWESOME! AWESOME! AWESOME!” – Alexis from Durham, NC

“…the teachers/professors have unbelievable knowledge and not afraid to share it. though the hours can be very strenuous, the work you put in definitely brings benefits that wouldn't be found elsewhere. it's a fantastic opportunity” – John from Mcallen, TX

“…Professors with Masters or professional experience Attractive modern buildings Attractively dressed girls” – Harshana from Westwood, CA

“…Surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi provides a positive and upbeat learning environment. You are not only living on a beautiful campus, you're earning an amazing education while doing so. Overall, it's a fantastic...” – Miranda from Canyon, TX

“…RISD is competitive, everyone is expected to be self-motivated and self-reliant. Asking for help is strongly encouraged and freely given, but you have to self advocate. The school is small but the resources available are without equal.” – Clara from Providence, RI

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI

“…Calvin is a liberal arts school that will bolster your faith and prepare you to be an active citizen of this world. You will gain a clearer vision for your life and learn what your passions are in a Christ-centered community with the support of...” – Melanie from North Chili, NY