Graphic Design Options Grow

Graphic Design Options Grow

Gardner-Webb University will offer students new options for an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in graphic design in the Department of Communication & New Media, beginning in fall 2017.

The associate’s degree in graphic design will be the University’s first Associate of Arts (AA) degree. The two-year program includes 66 total hours, with 36 hours of general education courses. All of the AA general education requirements will fulfill those for the bachelor’s degree.

“The AA is intended to provide students with the technical skills needed to begin work in the field with the ability to either progress beyond the technician level—to move from being only an implementer to being a planner, decision maker or manager—or to return to GWU to complete a bachelor’s degree,” explains Dr. David Yelton, GWU Associate Provost for Arts & Sciences.

Previously, graphic design was offered as a concentration within Gardner-Webb’s communication studies major. The new bachelor’s degree expands the concentration and consists of 128 total hours with 54 in the major, which includes an internship experience plus required courses in art and marketing.

“Graphic design is a growing industry which is becoming increasingly competitive, so the transition and addition of these degrees will prepare our students to go out and secure these highly-sought-after positions,” observes Dr. Amanda Bridges, assistant professor of graphic design. “The addition of courses will give the students a broader scope of knowledge and skills, which will make them more competitive and attractive to potential employers.”

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