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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

Associate of Applied Arts in Graphic Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
90
Timeframe:
6 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes
X

Associate of Applied Arts in Graphic Design

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/89 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will:

  • demonstrate competencies in industry-specific computer software programs within the context of producing concrete projects. This includes technical aspects of prepress, output, and quality reproduction, as well as web design.
  • incorporate formal concepts of layout and design. This includes spatial relationships; communication legibility and effectiveness; interrelationships among imagery and text; balance; typography; and color theory.
  • understand and apply basic research methods in graphic design, including research, design, data analysis, and interpretation, and demonstrate professional presentation and articulation of knowledge of graphic design.
  • demonstrate and integrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in graphic media.
  • demonstrate experience in working within a team environment to execute on the creative strategy for projects by creating viable design schemes.
  • apply advanced skills and critical thinking in the principles of form and function to produce design and business solutions appropriate to a particular client or target audience.
  • apply their personal vision and skills toward particular interests in relation to the graphic design field, whether in print, motion design, web design, typography, environmental design or other forms of message making.

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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic & Web Design

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes
X

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic & Web Design

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3874 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will:

  • demonstrate competencies in industry-specific computer software programs within the context of producing concrete projects. This includes technical aspects of prepress, output, and quality reproduction, as well as web design.
  • incorporate formal concepts of layout and design. This includes spatial relationships; communication legibility and effectiveness; interrelationships among imagery and text; balance; typography; and color theory.
  • understand and apply basic research methods in graphic design, including research, design, data analysis, and interpretation, and demonstrate professional presentation and articulation of knowledge of graphic design.
  • demonstrate and integrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in graphic media.
  • demonstrate experience in working within a team environment to execute on the creative strategy for projects by creating viable design schemes.
  • apply advanced skills and critical thinking in the principles of form and function to produce design and business solutions appropriate to a particular client or target audience.
  • apply their personal vision and skills toward particular interests in relation to the graphic design field, whether in print, motion design, web design, typography, environmental design or other forms of message making.

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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.

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.

 

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