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Graduate School of Graphic Design

Creative problem solving is at the heart of graphic design. At Academy of Art University, students in the graphic design graduate school program brainstorm and build visual solutions. They communicate ideas in fresh and powerful ways, creating innovative packaging, logos, type faces and more.

Students build a portfolio that demonstrates their technical abilities and their own one-of-a-kind style in hands-on classes. With an eye toward guiding graphic design graduate degree students to professional creative futures, Academy of Art University offers students the best facilities and opportunities to land their dream job.


Graphic Design Graduate Studio Courses

Each course in Academy of Art University's School of Graphic Design focuses on hands-on experience. Through these graduate graphic design classes, students build portfolios that impress and intrigue audiences, including hiring managers. Whether in San Francisco or pursuing an online masters degree in graphic design, students collaborate with their instructor and fellow students to bring their ideas to life.

Working with instructors who have won numerous awards in graphic design, students get the best sense of the latest trends in the industry and the most important graphic designer qualifications.

Green design has always been a strong focus in Academy of Art University's graduate graphic design school program. Throughout the college, students consider inventive ways to make product packaging and printed materials more sustainable.

School of Graphic Design graduate courses:

  • Typography
    • Manual Typography
    • Type Typography
    • Web typography
    • Typography History
    • Poster Typography
    • Typography Design
    • Digital Typography
    • Experimental Typography
    • Typography Art
  • Branding
    • Corporate Branding
    • Identity
  • Information design
  • Print and editorial design
  • Packaging
    • Package Design
    • Logo Design
    • Cosmetic Package Design
    • Food Package Design
    • Product Package Design
  • Green Strategies (Sustainability Issues: considered in almost every course)
  • And more!

Professional Graphic Design Opportunities

While technique and creativity are key, it is also important to network with other successful graphic designers. Academy of Art University offers its graphic design graduate school students the best opportunities to get exposure for their work.

Real-World Acclaim – Even before they graduate, students at Academy of Art University are recognized as having professional graphic designer qualifications. Each year, they complete projects for real clients. Student designs have been featured in trade publications such as CMYK and The Dieline.

Spring Show & Winter Show – Each year, industry leaders converge in San Francisco for the Academy of Art University Spring Show, a vibrant showcase of top student work. Recruiters and professionals in graphic design review portfolios and interview students for jobs.

In addition to participating in the Spring Show, the School of Graphic Design also hosts its own Winter Show. This level of industry networking far exceeds what students find at most schools.

Graphic Design career opportunities include:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Typographic Designer
  • Print Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Publication Designer
  • Branding and Identity Designer
  • Corporate Communications Designer
  • Environmental and Retail Designer
  • In House Graphic Designer
  • Communications Director
  • Music Industry / Entertainment Designer
  • And more!

School of Graphic Design Facilities

With new techniques and styles emerging daily, graphic designers must be able to quickly adapt to changing trends. Academy of Art University's state-of-the-art facilities provide students in the graphic design graduate school all of the tools they need to create moving and powerful designs. Students use world-class equipment and the latest technology to make their vision a clear, compelling reality.


Graduate Classes Online & in San Francisco

With graphic design graduate school classes available online and in San Francisco, Academy of Art University has flexible graphic design graduate programs. The online masters degree in graphic design engages students through an interactive format, with hands-on assignments and detailed videos that students can watch at their convenience.

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