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
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
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:
- Manual Typography
- Type Typography
- Web typography
- Typography History
- Poster Typography
- Typography Design
- Digital Typography
- Experimental Typography
- Typography Art
- Corporate Branding
- Information design
- Print and editorial design
- 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
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,
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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