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Design &Technical Graphics

I want to solve problems with my ideas.

There’s no shortage of visual communications challenges out there. In settings from manufacturing to medical research, from science to sports training, construction to communication, there’s never been more of a need for thinkers who can create visual simulations in a wide range of applications, including computer-aided design (CAD), 2D and 3D digital imaging, technical illustrations, and business graphics. If you’re willing to go all-in, the path to your creative begins with our Design & Technical Graphics degree program. You’ll work with professional-grade technology as you prepare to solve the toughest design problems—and helping you launch a career doing what you love. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty*. It won’t be easy. If it was, anybody could do it.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Design & Technical Graphics

Quarter Credit Hours:
12 Quarters

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Classroom Experience

I can't wait to show what I can do.

As organizations present information on a growing array of increasingly sophisticated media, there’s a need for confident, creative minds to develop visual simulations. Our program is equal parts visualization, production, and technology. In our collaborative environment, you’ll start with basics like color and design fundamentals, perspective drawing, and drafting. From there, you’ll progress to areas including CAD/CAM (computer-aided manufacturing) freehand drawing, typography, and page layout. We’ll help you build such skills as 2D and 3D modeling, digital imaging, and technical illustration. You’ll study business applications including file management, production technology, and professional practices. You’ll explore linear perspective, visual composition, and theatrical staging to create interactive digital 3D environments. And you’ll have the opportunity to construct a prototype model of a consumer product.

What Will I Study?

Austin Student Working on an Assignment

I'm ready to get down to business.

The Design & Technical Graphics program is as demanding, exacting, and rigorous as the real world challenges from which it’s drawn. The learning is hands-on and focused on helping you develop the skills to create design solutions. You'll study and gain skills in:

  • Design Fundamentals
  • Perspective Drawing
  • Drafting
  • CAD/CAM Freehand Drawing
  • Typography
  • Page Layout
  • 2-D and 3-D Modeling
  • Digital Imaging
  • Technical Illustration
  • File Management
  • Production Technology
  • Professional Practices
  • Linear Perspective
  • Visual Composition
  • Prototype Modeling

I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Our Design & Technical Graphics degree program is built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But we temper the tough with the support you need to make your creativity marketable. We provide the mentoring and real-world experience you need to prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field and internship possibilities at successful businesses. Here, you’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. So if your heart is telling you that you belong in a creative field, you belong here. It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.


Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Adam Halberg Nobody is going to make it easier or harder for you. Success comes from within. You must push yourself. Adam Halberg
Culinary Arts, The Art Institute of Atlanta, 2000