Associate of Arts in Graphic Design

a GWU alumna from the graphic design program

With an Associate of Arts in Graphic Design, you will receive a solid foundation in both print and digital design with an emphasis on creativity and innovation, while also gaining knowledge and experience to prepare you to continue your education toward a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.

Undergraduate Admissions

Graphic Design students obtain skills related to the full design process, including typography, color theory, print and digital layout, and industry-standard software, while also placing an emphasis on effective communication, writing, and critical thinking. Students will receive professional, real-world experiences through classroom service-oriented projects and industry internships.

Graphic Design majors are encouraged to continue their education toward a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design in a traditional undergraduate program.

Graphic Design majors will also have the necessary skills and knowledge to obtain positions in a variety of design-related professions including:

  1. design firms
  2. print companies
  3. newspapers/magazines
  4. marketing companies
  5. advertising agencies
  6. in-house design for large corporations

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in print and website design, packaging, design for churches and nonprofit organizations, and freelance design.

In addition to 36 hours of general education requirements, Graphic Design majors must complete 30 hours of coursework, which includes 12 hours of department core classes, and 18 hours of graphic design courses. To provide you with reality-based experience, an off-campus professional internship in graphic design is also required. Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

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