Art Institutes

Graphic &Web Design

I'm ready to prove myself.

Nobody has to tell you that visual communication is becoming more and more interactive. And as the lines between graphic design and web design become less defined, employers are starting to look for both graphic designers with interactive skills and web developers with solid design skills. If you’re considering either direction, our Graphic & Web Design degree programs is the place to start. We’ll guide you through the fundamentals of visual communications in both disciplines. Then you’ll choose either a print or interactive concentration as you begin to work toward a future where you can do what you love. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be and pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty* who know what it takes to succeed in the real world.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty & instructors.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science in Graphic & Web Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Estimated Number of Quarters:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes
X

Bachelor of Science in Graphic & Web Design

Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:

Graphic & Web Outcomes

  • Demonstrate versatile aesthetic layout and design solutions, including effective usage of space, line, color, shape, texture, form, balance and value; typographic and photographic hierarchy structures.
  • Demonstrate conceptual thinking through work that reflects historical and contemporary trends, answering design problems with creative visual and writing elements.
  • Demonstrate the interdependence of content and visual expression; evaluate and critique their design concept; articulate the vision behind their creative work, and defend their creative solutions.
  • Articulate their design direction by communicating mastery of graphic and web design, problem solving, ethics and industry standards in visual presentations.

Graphic Design Specific Outcomes

  • Demonstrate and apply competencies in industry-specific computer software. These include preparation and presentation of work, technical aspects of prepress, output, and quality reproduction as well as web design.

Web Design Specific Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of interactive design & development using industry software, authoring systems and/or web scripting.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3929 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Associate of Science in Graphic Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
90
Timeframe:
6 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes
X

Associate of Science in Graphic Design

Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to:
  • Apply aesthetics and formal concepts of layout and design, including spatial relationships; communication effectiveness; interrelationships among imagery and text; balance; typography; and color theory.
  • Apply design concepts to produce successful visual solutions to assigned problems.
  • Articulate the vision behind their creative work and explain and defend their solutions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of industry standards, professional practices and ethics in their work and self-presentation.
  • Apply skills in industry-specific computer software programs to produce concrete projects.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/357 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Classroom Experience

I have the talent and the intensity. I just need the tools.

Both graphic design and web design are really about coming up with new approaches to solve problems. So you’ll start with the basics of both in areas like color, illustration, and image manipulation, then explore concept development and implementation courses. After your first year, you’ll choose a concentration. In Graphic Design, you’ll take a more traditional approach, studying product packaging, posters, art direction, and layout design. You’ll work on product packaging, posters, and interactive media, including web page design. You’ll work with professional technology, including image manipulation software and computer-aided design, then progress to art direction and strategies for designing a product, service, or message. If you choose Web Design, you’ll work across media platforms from mobile devices to desktop computers. This is screen-based visual communication involving interactive design and development using industry software, authoring systems and web scripting. You’ll explore emerging technology, work with audio and video, and more. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.

Meet our Alumni

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    Eric Christopher Jackson

    Graphic & Web Design , 2011

    “My instructor, Mr. Frawley, helped to rekindle my passion for creative writing, which led to three self-published poetry collections.”

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    Eric Christopher Jackson

    Creates Artwork that is Exhibited Through Artbox Gallery in Zug, Switzerland

    Eric Christopher Jackson is self-employed resident artist. His creations are created, sold, and exhibited through The Artbox Gallery in Zug, Switzerland. They’ve also been featured in art fairs including Spectrum: Miami and Art Basel. “As a resident artist, I understand that it is not solely the responsibility of the gallery to promote my work. Oftentimes, I begin with posting an art piece to social media, such as Instagram or Facebook. I write an art blog at least once a week,” he says. Eric checks in regularly with the gallery in Switzerland to see how sales are going and to share new pieces. He also shares his work with interior designers, real estate agents, and art consultants to obtain new contracts for collaborations.

    Eric finds it interesting that his work represents a gallery in a country he’s never visited. “I am having my first group exhibition at the gallery in Switzerland. The world seems smaller; it's so cool that my work has traveled places I have not.”

    He adds that having international work is exciting and has increased awareness of his work. “When the gallery signed me, the price of my artwork increased. Then, I began to see the competition I'm up against. With the work of so many amazing contemporary artists at major exhibits, I realized I have to get better in order to be recognized on a consistent basis.”

    Eric admits that it isn’t easy being an artist. “I’ve been very stubborn about sticking with my goal to become a professional artist. It took years to improve the style of my artwork.” After many attempts to make his career goal a reality, he entered an art competition in the summer of 2016. “By winter of that year, my art piece was one of three finalists at Spectrum: Miami. Enough attendees voted for my art piece to make it the winner.” A few months later, Eric was invited to become the resident artist for the gallery that had held the competition. “It is truly mind-boggling how life can turn around.”

    Eric, who in 2011 earned an Associate of Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of California—Orange County, says that his education helped him to identify the areas of art that he’s passionate about. When he first started at the school, he was enrolled in a photography program, but he quickly found that he didn’t have a knack for it. Moving on to graphic design helped him to eventually transition into contemporary art prints. He’s also interested in creative writing and has three self-published poetry collections.

    Eric advises students to forge their own path. “Figure out what you’re good at. Focus on improving your craft as much as possible. Just because things get tough it doesn’t mean that you’re headed in the wrong direction. It simply means you have to fight for what you want.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/357 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    *As of 2012, a campus of Argosy University

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What Will I Study?

Graphic & Web Design Study

I'm a visual problem solver. Let's get started.

The curriculum for each concentration is hands-on, rigorous, and well-rounded. It was designed by experienced industry and education innovators to emphasize the skills you’ll need to start you career. Beginning with common classes, then exploring concentration-specific areas, you'll study:

SHARED COURSES:
  • Color & Design Fundamentals
  • Image Manipulation
  • Traditional Typography
  • Layout & Concept Design
  • Web Page Scripting
  • Digital Illustration
  • Interactive Motion Graphics
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONCENTRATION:
  • Advertising Concepts
  • Form and Space, including Advanced Layout Design
  • Package Design
  • Business of Graphic Design
  • Publication Design
  • Art Direction
WEB DESIGN CONCENTRATION:
  • Information Architecture
  • Interface Design
  • Audio & Video
  • Design for Mobile Devices & Emerging Technologies
  • Web Page Design

I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Our Graphic & Web Design degree programs are 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.

 

Meet our Faculty

  • Daniel Gross

    Daniel Gross

    Graphic & Web Design

    "Work hard, and don't just go with the first solution."

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    Daniel Gross

    Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

    I knew I wanted to be a creative professional in high school when I realized you could be creative and solve problems to communicate to others.

    How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

    As a working designer, I share real-world knowledge and experience in every class. I want my students to have all the information and tools they need to get started at a highly professional level.

    What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

    I enjoy teaching sustainable design. I believe we all have to take an interest in our world and understand how we can all make a difference. We can improve processes and create wins for both our clients and the environment.

    How does collaboration contribute to students’ success—particularly when students from various programs work together?

    It’s exciting to watch students in different programs work together, sharing their talents and skills. I think it’s very real-world in terms of the situations they’ll encounter as working professionals.

    What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?


    You have the skills to solve problems.

    What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

    Work hard, and don’t just go with the first solution.

    Anything else you’d like to share?


    It’s a great honor to see former students become successful designers. They make me proud that I had a small part in their education.

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Miami International University of Art & Design alumni Marlon Munoz I'm challenged by the opportunity to take my ideas and bring them to life. Marlon Munoz
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, Miami International University of Art & Design, 2008