Visualize and lay out your future
Does a vibrant ad catch your eye? Do you think of clever ways to market a particular brand? Your creativity can tell a story—and with an online degree from Miami International University of Art & Design, you’ll have the opportunity to gain the skills you need to design your creative future. In our Associate of Arts in Graphic Design program, you’ll gain insight into classic design, art direction, print, and product packaging.* You’ll start with classes in color, drawing, layout, and design before moving on to more specialized classes and industry-relevant software.
The program is offered in a convenient online format that allows you to learn from home. Courses are taught by professional instructors who bring their experience into the classroom.** To complement your learning experience, you’ll become a part of our online creative community, comprised of students and instructors who bring their creative passion, insight, and feedback to the table.
You’ll graduate with a portfolio of work, ready to show to potential employers in advertising agencies, design studios, and other companies. And you may choose to pursue employment in graphic design, art direction, and print production.
What Will I Study?
Our curriculum is designed to help develop the tools and skills to pursue employment in the industry. Students will be mentored by faculty – many of whom are working or have worked in the industry and obtain invaluable guidance to create a standout portfolio.
You'll learn about design principles & how to use industry-standard software to produce creative graphics used by agencies and businesses.
Creative design and technology skills
Study the fundamentals of traditional & digital design for any environment, then apply current design and software skills to a wide range of projects.
Theory and practice of print and digital design
Learn how to design for a target audience by researching who will see the design and selecting appropriate content that resonates with them.
Audience targeting and content research
Gain experience producing digital graphics for a variety of settings, platforms, tools, and environments.
Digital Design Production
Learn how to design captivating graphics that catch a user's attention, then animate the designs to enhance the visual experience.
Graphics and Animations
With the support and mentoring of experienced faculty, create a portfolio of your best work, showcasing digital and print design.
Professionalism in Design
Each degree offered includes an Introductory Technology Fee designed to provide you with the technology you need to get started with your program. The fee covers the cost of an iPad, Apple Pencil and a smart keyboard. In addition, each program includes a Technology Fee that provides the industry-relevant tools and specialized software you’ll need as you move through coursework and assignments. The items included as part of this fee will support your collaboration with other students and assist you in creating a portfolio to present to potential future employers.
• Students have the option to opt out of the Introductory Technology Fee and/or Technology Fee and purchase necessary technology on their own. Tuition includes required eBooks and basic software for all courses within the student's program of study. Students are responsible for procuring and/or replenishing any other equipment or materials as required. Please contact your enrollment counselor for a full list of items that make up the technology fee. Technology specifications are subject to change and/or be replaced with a comparable item due to vendor availability. Some technology fee components are distributed over the course of a student’s program; some technology fee components are downloadable items.
- Laptop and external hard drive
- Program specific software, including the Adobe Suite.
Upcoming Start Dates
Prospective students may apply for admission at any time. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and prospective students are encouraged to apply as early as possible prior to their intended start date. Admitted students may begin their program of study at the start of any quarter (i.e., October, January, April, or July) or mid-quarter (i.e., February, May, August, or November).
If you’re ready to apply, please follow these simple steps: Complete an online application form. Then, within 10 days of applying, send us your high school transcript or high school equivalency certification (or exam, depending on the context) (such as the GED®), and any other college or military transcripts you may have. In the meantime, we’ll work with you to arrange a virtual interview where we can get to know you and your interests in attending college.
GED® is a registered mark of American Council on Education.
To successfully participate in online learning, students must have a computer and stable internet connection. Additional software and hardware differs by program of study. Have questions about whether you’re set up to start online learning? Talk to one of our Admissions Representatives.