Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design


We have suspended new enrollments to the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design programs and are no longer accepting applications for admission.

If you are a student enrolled in this program, our advising staff will work with you to complete all coursework.

Please Note: Undergraduate classes moved to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Translate Your Love of Art into a Rewarding Career

The Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design degree program is designed to help you acquire the computer graphics, digital imaging, and production skills you need to achieve success in the graphic design field. Engaged with the latest techniques, tools, and applications, you will enhance your understanding of color, composition, design, and typography. Even more important, you will learn to develop and present creative solutions to your clients’ most pressing design issues.

Whether you plan to become a graphic designer, computer artist, advertising or creative director, or production specialist, this bachelor’s degree in graphic design will accelerate your creativity and put you on the path toward a rewarding and interesting career.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for graphic designers are expected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations. While keen competition for jobs is expected, individuals with a degree that includes website design and animation courses will enjoy the best opportunities. Given the project-based nature of the industry, graphic designers often perform freelance work after-hours, while holding a salaried job in design or another occupation.

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Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.


Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.

Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.

Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:


ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.

Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.

Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY


Suggested courses:


BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.

Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:


HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:


HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.


Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.

*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Please Note: Undergraduate classes moved to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2016. Learn more here.

Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their manual degree audit, which can be obtained by contacting their academic advisor.

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

In addition, the Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design program has specific requirements to be taken in the core. The following core courses are required choices for this degree:

Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.

Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.

The remaining Core Curriculum credits are not specified by the BS in Graphic Design program and may be selected by the student from any courses within the Core Curriculum guidelines.

Foundation Courses (15 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

ART 1001 Introduction to Art  3 q.h. 
ENG 3003 Writing for the Professions 1 3 q.h.
CMN 2051 Professional Speaking 3 q.h. 
CMN 1101  Fundamentals of Human Communication  3 q.h. 

Complete one of the following courses:

ENG 3004 Writing for the Professions 2 3 q.h. 
ENG 3001 Expository and Persuasive Writing 1 3 q.h.
JRN 1050 Writing for the Media 3 q.h. 

Major Courses (54 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

ART 1100 Visual Foundations: Two-Dimensional Design (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 2105 Visual Foundations: Three-Dimensional Design (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 1110 Visual Foundations: Color (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 2510 Digital Print Production 3 q.h.
ART 4141 Graphic Design 1 (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 4142 Graphic Design 2 (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 4211 Advertising Design (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 2601 Introduction to Computer Graphics (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 2720 Electronic Publishing Design and Systems (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 3010 Creative Imaging: Custom Computer Design (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 3320 Advanced Computer Illustration (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 4630 Advanced Electronic Publishing Design (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 4700 Portfolio Development Workshop (Studio)* 3 q.h.

Complete five of the following courses:

ART 1130 Typography 1 3 q.h.
ART 1115 Principles of Drawing (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 1160 Digital Photography 1 3 q.h.
ART 2111 Designing Digital Visual Interfaces 3 q.h.
ART 2112 Designing Web Graphics 2 (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ART 3130 Typography 2 (Studio)* 3 q.h.
ITC 1120 Web Site Design 3 q.h.
MKT 1001 Principles of Marketing 3 q.h.


Complete 6 q.h. from the following prefixes:

CMNITC, or MKT 6 q.h.


Non-Business Electives (26 q.h.)

Open Electives (26 q.h.)


Required minimum credit hours: 160 q.h.


*Studio courses meet for 3 1/2 hours.

Admissions Requirements


Estimated total tuition for this program is .

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2017-18 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?

This bachelor’s degree program in graphic design is intended for students who wish to pursue a career as a:

  • Graphic designer
  • Graphic artist
  • Commercial or industrial designer
  • Desktop publisher
  • Production specialist
  • Drafter
  • Prepress technician

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Demonstrate understanding of how to select and manipulate typography, color, layout, and imagery to achieve a stated objective and adhere to standards for professional practice, including
    • consistent skill achieving visual/compositional balance
    • consistent skill using an appropriate grid
  2. Broad and Integrative Knowledge
    Demonstrate the ability to synthesize a message and express it effectively through the creation and use of illustration, photography, typography, color, and layout.
  3. Intellectual Skills
    Generate multiple visual solutions to a stated communication goal, explain the rationale, and qualify design decisions.
  4. Applied Learning
    Formulate a complete response to a specific communication goal at the individual level, and cite research and/or previous work by leaders in the field which supports the response. Ask thoughtful and relevant questions of other students in a collaborative setting.
  5. Civic Learning
    Explain the pros and cons of a variety of techniques, tools, and/or methods for addressing a visual communication or production challenge. 

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