Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

A GWU alumna from the graphic design program

With a Bachelor of Arts degree 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 real-world experience to prepare you for a career in a wide range of design-related fields. 

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.

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Graphic Design majors will 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 general education and prerequisite course requirements, Graphic Design majors must complete 54 hours of coursework, which includes 15 hours of department core classes, 27 hours focused on graphic design-related courses, and 12 hours focused in marketing and art. 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.

Graphic Design minors must complete nine hours of department core requirements and nine additional hours of Graphic Design elective courses. An off-campus professional internship is also required. The University also offers an array of minor opportunities in other departments.

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