Graphic Design

The School of Graphic Design is one of the top schools in the field of graphic design, emphasizing conceptual development, strategic thinking, technique, and presentation within an environment that stimulates innovation.

Our curriculum guides students as they develop finely tuned skills in the areas of typography, print media, packaging, branding and identity, Web design, and motion graphics. Our instructors are nationally recognized working professionals who challenge students to reach industry standards. Students graduating from this program are well prepared to meet the rigorous challenges within the field of graphic design and are working in many of the world's most prestigious firms. The numerous awards bestowed on the students' work demonstrate our excellent approach to design and audience-based marketing strategies.


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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Graphic Design embraces the entire range of visual communication. We recognize that design is a cultural force that spans the consumer, commerce, and social causes. The program provides a robust curriculum of conceptual problem solving, innovation, critical thinking, and formal design, as well as branding and marketing strategies.

The areas of study encompass typography, print and editorial design, branding and identity, information design, and packaging, as well as production and presentation skills. Green strategies and issues of sustainability are very much a part of the program. A real-world approach to design assures aesthetics, functionality, value, and meaning to all student projects. Final portfolios demonstrate the total integration of message and content as well as the highest standards of graphic design.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The Master of Fine Arts program in Graphic Design emphasizes mastery of the profession including narrative abilities, presentation skills, strategic thinking, problem solving, and the ability to develop innovative conceptual solutions. Areas of specialized training include typography, visual literacy, identity, and print publication. Students acquire the finely tuned design skills, self-discipline, and professional expertise necessary to become advanced practitioners.

The graduate student's final thesis project must integrate concept and content with technical prowess to make an original contribution to the field of graphic design. The thesis project is critically reviewed and approved by the Graduate Final Review committee and then it is professionally exhibited to the industry and public.

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

The Associate of Arts degree provides students with a well-rounded foundation in graphic design. The program provides a curriculum of conceptual problem solving, innovation, critical thinking, and formal design, as well as branding and marketing strategies. Once earned, the Associate of Arts degree can be used as a stepping stone to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or as a way to gain entry level employment into the games industry.

Online Award of Completion

The Online Award of Completion in Graphic Design requires completing three classes designed to improve students' skills. These classes were chosen for non-degree-seeking students who are looking to improve their knowledge and abilities.

Successful completion of these courses can also be credited towards a degree at the Academy of Art University. The Online Award of Completion requires that all courses must be taken online.

Required Courses
(3 units each unless otherwise noted)
GR 102 Digital Tools Design Applications
GR 105 Principles of Graphic Design
GR 122 Typography 1 Hierarchy and Form

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Online Programs

Since 2002 the Academy has taught Graphic Design online, and our program is one of the most advanced online design programs available. This exciting and dynamic program is populated by students and instructors from all over the world and provides a unique educational environment tailored to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving marketplace.
 

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