Design drives the story
Can you tell a story without using words? Does creating illustrations and manipulating images make you feel like an author? In the online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic & Web Design degree program, you’ll learn that these skills have value in the creative marketplace.* They’re needed by advertisers, event promoters, advertising agencies, and design studios.
You’ll take courses that help you to choose between a focus on graphic or web design course electives. From color and design fundamentals to art direction and advertising concepts, our classes teach skills that may help you to seek employment as a computer artist, graphic designer, junior brand strategist, or web developer.
The degree is offered in a convenient online program, meaning you can study right from home. You’ll learn alongside other artistic individuals and gain insight from the experience of our professional instructors.** If you’re ready to let your art speak for itself, join our creative community to fine-tune the power of your design.
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.
Learn how to produce creative graphics using industry relevant technology tools.
Creative design and technology skills
Gain the fundamentals of print and digital to design for any environment--from traditional to digital campaigns.
Theory and practice of print and digital design
Learn how to design for a target audience by researching the users and selecting appropriate content that appeals to them.
Audience targeting and content research
Learn how to pair solid design methodology and research skills with problem solving skills to think critically in the creative marketplace.
Critical Thinking in Design
Learn how to communicate effectively with the employers and clients you’ll work alongside in the professional world.
Design Research and Presentation
Create a portfolio of your best work, showcasing your digital and print design. This course is supported by experienced faculty who serve as mentors.
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.