School of Graphic Design
"Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated."
~ Paul Rand
The Graphic Design degree program embraces the entire range of visual communication, recognizing that design is a cultural force that spans 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.
Academy of Art University students have earned countless awards and distinctions confirming its reputation as a top Graphic Design school. World-renowned professionals prepare students for the careers of their dreams. As a Graphic Design student, you will begin your professional career on day one. Starting with first semester class projects, you will begin developing strategic thinking, problem solving and design skills.
Our Graphic Design school offers accredited AA, BFA and MFA degrees. Learn More.
Study Graphic Design through our undergraduate programs, graduate programs, accredited online program, Continuing Art Education and Pre-College Art Experience programs.
Graphic Design courses include Typography, Interactive Design, Branding, Information Design and many others. See more.
Branding for the Web
Calligraphy & Letterform
Executing 3D Design
Graphic Design Principles
Hierarchy & Form
History of Graphic Design
Materials, Tools & Comping Techniques
Photography for Designers
Presentation for Designers
Print & Digital Media
Strategies for Branding
UX Design & Navigational Structure
Web Tools: Standards Compliant
Schedule of Classes
View Graphic Design course offerings, read course descriptions and plan your schedule. See All Classes »
Learn from top industry professionals in Graphic Design who work to inspire you and develop your unique talents as you pursue your Graphic Design degree. Learn More.
Gain hands-on experience with the latest computer graphic design tools to create a dynamic body of work that stands out above the rest. Learn More.
News & Success Stories
Find your motivation in the success stories of Academy alumni and faculty members. See what took them to the top of the industry and earned them the acclaim of their peers. Learn More.
Spring Show Portfolio
Our Graphic Design degree program is like no other. See the student work that can truly be called the best of the best from this year's Spring Show. Learn More.
Graduates of our Graphic Design school can embark on careers such as Package Designer, Creative Director and many others. See more.
Package Design Director
Print Design Director
Strategic Branding Director
As a Graphic Design student, you will begin your professional career on day one. Your Graphic Design degree opens the door to countless opportunities. Learn More.
Firms & Clients Hiring Our Graduates
Graduates from the School of Graphic Design have gone on to work at companies such as Apple, Frog Design, Landor & Associates and many others. See more.
Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners
Deutsche Design Works
Dwell Media LLC
E & J Gallo Winery
Engine Company One
Forty Forty Agency
Giant Creative Strategy
Goodby Silverstein & Partners
Hornall Anderson Design Works
Landor & Associates
Michael Osborne Design
Raison Pure International
Silverlign Group, Inc.
Slover and Co.
Sony Design Center
Square Peg Design
Starfish Brand Experience Design
the Visionaire group
Program Learning Outcomes
To learn more about the skills you will acquire in this Graphic Design degree program, view BFA Program Learning Outcomes and MFA Program Learning Outcomes.