BA Degrees in Graphic Design

Compare 52 Bachelor of Arts Programs in Graphic Design

Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design is an undergraduate program that prepares students to work in and influence all forms of media and messaging across public, commercial, and political realms. This program typically lasts between three and four years, but may be shorter or longer depending on the institution and desired concentration.

What is a BA in Graphic Design? A Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design is a liberal arts degree that is awarded to students who complete the graphic design undergraduate program. Students earn valuable skills that prepare them to lead in the fields of design and creative visual media. They will gain practical hands-on experience in design, as well as build professional portfolios while integrating technical skills and critical analysis. Students may focus on graphic design alone or combine it with another area of concentration in their desired career path. For example, some may pair a graphic design degree with a degree in business, management, or mass communication as examples.

As our world grows increasingly connected via the Internet and social media, employers are in constant need of workers who have both the creative and technical skills to compete on a global level. Graphic designers often transcend the written word, and they can create powerful visual messages that resonate with audiences worldwide. Creative problem solving and technical foundations make graphic design graduates extremely competitive job applicants across a variety of industries.

Program costs vary greatly from institution to institution. It may be more or less depending on the course load required and time length needed to complete the degree. Students are always encouraged to research potential schools thoroughly to ensure the program fits with their financial and academic goals.

Graphic designers are equipped with the technical and creative skills necessary to work in many different sectors. Depending on the student’s desired industry, he or she may work as an art director, web or multimedia designer, publication manager, or communications specialist, just to name a few. If combined with a business degree, graduates are also prepared for management roles.

There are myriad graphic design programs to choose from. The easiest way to get started is to peruse the schools and programs in our database. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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BA in Graphic Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Milan
Campus Full time 3 years October 2018 Italy Milan

The course of Graphic Design aims to form a designer of visual communication. This professional role foresees the ability to create communication tools, and to create the language and images which are capable of effectively transmitting the message and the value they are striving for. [+]

BAs in Graphic Design. The course in Graphic Design focuses on training visual communication experts. This professional figure works on complex “communication systems” through different media, having knowledge of advanced editing software, professional printing and production methods. The contexts students operate in are graphic design studios, which are progressively expanding in different fields: product design, communication, fashion, photography, but also corporate communication and design areas, publishing companies, web, advertising agencies and TV production. Career opportunities - Graphic Designer, Art & Design Director, Visual Journalist. Title – This BA is recognised by Italian Ministry of Education Research (MIUR) as an Academic Diploma Level I and awards 180 credits. Context - Graphic design is everywhere, in printed and digital applications of our everyday life. Methodology and structure – A strong laboratory overtone is the feature of the course: from basic design theories to high-level professional simulation, students progressively develop complex research projects through guided design labs in collaboration with real companies. In parallel with the design laboratory classes, our students acquire historical, sociological, economical and technical skills. These techniques are useful to help them on interpreting and decoding the language of visual communication, of contemporary arts, cinema and all the society communication needs. Our students acquire immediately the basic tools of Graphic Design: knowledge on Typefaces' usage, page formats and layouts, genesis meaning and perception of shapes and colors. The study plan also focuses on technical tools: from basic softwares on Photo editing, picture management and vector graphics to advanced ones dedicated... [-]

Bachelor of Design Arts: Graphic & Digital Design

Academy of Design Australia
Campus Full time 3 years January 2018 Australia Melbourne

Our Graphic & Digital Design program will provide you with a broad range of specialisations, such as print and collateral, brand, packaging, or digital design. Whatever design direction you take, you can create and produce technically refined designs against objectives and outcomes outlined within the briefing procedure. [+]

Our Graphic & Digital Design program will provide you with a broad range of specialisations, such as print and collateral, brand, packaging, or digital design. Whatever design direction you take, you can create and produce technically refined designs against objectives and outcomes outlined within the briefing procedure. Engaging with design studio environments, both simulated and actual, will further enhance your professional creativity and extend your skills. The program will provide you with detailed technical knowledge of leading-edge digital tools allowing you to realise your designs. The Academy’s Graphic & Digital Design program will also advance your visual literacy and cultivate your design aesthetic, leading to dynamic and rewarding career outcomes such as Art Director, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Multimedia Designer or Storyboard Artist. COURSE OBJECTIVES Adeptness with a broad range of skills, including: print and collateral, brand, packaging, or digital design. Conceive, develop and produce technically refined designs to meet a creative brief. Detailed knowledge of leading edge digital tools. Use the design process to achieve sophisticated design outcomes. Build industry contacts via professional placement and international exchange opportunities. Enhance creative skills via a sub-major from either the Communication Design stream or one of the other creative disciplines. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA To be considered for admission, applicants are generally required to have successfully completed their VCE or equivalent. Mature-aged applicants who have attained sufficient industry experience will also be considered. PROGRAM LENGTH The Bachelor of Design Arts is completed over 3 years or part-time equivalent. The course consists of five credit-bearing units... [-]

Ba Graphic Design And Visual Communication

HMKW Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft
Campus Full time 6 - 8 semesters October 2018 Germany Berlin Cologne Frankfurt am Main + 2 more

The course BA Graphic Design and Visual Communication in the design department at HMK offers a broad and interdisciplinary education. Students are familiarized with all important aspects of visual communication and are ideally prepared for their creative careers through the practical approach of studying. [+]

BAs in Graphic Design. The course BA Graphic Design and Visual Communication In the design department at HMK offers a broad and interdisciplinary training. Students are familiarized with all important aspects of visual communication and are ideally prepared for their creative careers through the practical approach of studying. Study content and teaching The course BA Graphic Design and Visual Communication provides the theoretical, technological and design basics for designing print and digital. They are applied to typography, logo design, corporate design, poster design, illustration, photography, film, motion design, editorial design, graphic design in space and web and app design. In this way, you are ideally prepared to start a creative career as a freelancer or junior designer in a design studio, advertising agency or marketing department. In addition to the classical six-semester education, you can also obtain the vocational training program for media designers / digital and print (IHK) at the HMKW in eight semesters, which offers a technical and technical deepening which is appreciated by employers. The training at the HMKW is diverse: They learn all relevant aspects of visual communication in order to orient themselves and position themselves in this interesting field of work. interdisciplinary: They learn at a university, which also trains for other professions in the media. Therefore interdisciplinary co-operation with incoming journalists, psychologists and event managers can be achieved. internship All classical Bachelor courses of HMCs include a six-month compulsory internship. Students of BA Graphic Design and Visual Communication have completed internships in various companies.... [-]

BA in Graphic Design (Hons)

University of Gloucestershire
Campus Full time 3 years August 2018 United Kingdom Cheltenham

With this degree, you’ll learn to express yourself through distinct, creative, commercially-astute and ambitious ideas. You’ll work on projects as part of creative campaigns in a professional studio environment, benefiting from daily contact with staff. You will develop your understanding of graphic design and creative entrepreneurship to ensure you are prepared to move into industry when you graduate. [+]

Learn from graphic designers who have worked for 20th Century Fox, Cartoon Network and Universal Pictures. Gain essential industry experience through work placements and live briefs. Students have recently worked with Channel 5, 1HQ London, Jones Knowles Ritchie, Bulletproof and Taxi Design – winning awards with their work and moving into successful design careers.

We’re ranked in the top 10 for value added in the Guardian University Guide 2017 (design & crafts subjects). We support our students to become exceptional designers.

With this degree, you’ll learn to express yourself through distinct, creative, commercially-astute and ambitious ideas. You’ll work on projects as part of creative campaigns in a professional studio environment, benefiting from daily contact with staff. You will develop your understanding of graphic design and creative entrepreneurship to ensure you are prepared to move into industry when you graduate.... [-]


BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Nottingham Trent University: School of Art & Design
Campus Full time 3 years September 2018 United Kingdom Nottingham

This award-winning course will give you the chance to learn about graphic design and engage with it in a way that reflects current industry practice. By the end of the course you will have developed a professional portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your career as a designer. [+]

BAs in Graphic Design. BA (Hons) Graphic Design This award-winning course will give you the chance to learn about graphic design and engage with it in a way that reflects current industry practice. You will have the chance to study the broadest range of disciplines including typography, branding, advertising, illustration, editorial design, interactive design, animation, moving image, information design, and packaging. The course will equip you with the professional, creative, intellectual, and technical skills you need to work successfully within the global design profession, and it is known for producing interdisciplinary graduates who are industry-ready. By the end of the course you will have developed a professional portfolio tailored to your own career aspirations, and be ready to launch your career as a designer. Key features Gain a professionally accredited degree – this course is accredited by the Chartered Society of Designers (CSD). This course has been awarded the Creative Skillset Tick, a mark of quality and strong links with industry. Explore the whole subject area of graphic design – from typography to illustration, and from branding to interactive design. Learn in a creative studio environment, using industry-standard equipment and software. Spend your final year developing a professional portfolio in line with your career aspirations. Work on live briefs with national and international companies like Abercrombie & Fitch, Tigerprint, Hallmark, and Paul Smith. Develop your professional skills through self-initiated work experience placements, competitions, collaborations with organisations, and visiting lecturers. Apply to go on an overseas exchange to a partner university... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in New Technologies for Applied Arts

NABA - Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano
Campus Full time 3 years October 2018 Italy Milan

The BA in New Technologies for Applied Arts - Digital Production, alongside NABA BA in Media Design and Multimedia Arts, completes the Academy’s educational proposals in the multimedia arts sector. The course, in fact, has been conceived to train three types of professional figures, respectively in the fields of motion graphics, 3D design and animation, and game development. [+]

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES FOR APPLIED ARTS

Specialization in Digital Production 

Our ‘Learning by Doing’ approach combines traditional visual disciplines with new digital technologies and synthesizes individual study with group project work. We establish numerous collaborations and projects with Italian and international companies and institutions to give students hands-on workplace opportunities to develop their critical thinking, conceptual problem solving, and practical artistic and design skills.

WHY NABA To study in Milan, recognized as the world’s capital of fashion, arts and design To collaborate with over 1,000 companies, working on real-world projects and complementing your studies with unique internship opportunities To obtain a multidisciplinary and multi-cultural learning experience, with a focus on direct experimentation To learn from an outstanding faculty of inspiring industry professionals and mentors To attend cutting-edge programs held both in Italian and English, that will give you an internationally recognized degree To study in an award-winning academy, selected by leading publications such as Frame Publishers, Domus Magazine and Business of Fashion as one of the world's top schools for art and design ... [-]

Bachelor of Arts validated programme in Graphic Design - 3 years

Marbella Design Academy
Campus Full time 1 - 3 years September 2018 Spain Marbella

The validated Graphic Design programme which is offered to the students at the Marbella Design Academy is taught in English. [+]

Bachelor of Arts validated programme in Graphic Design, taught in English Study at Marbella Design Academy in sunny Spain and have maybe the best time of your life. A great place to be a student! Duration: 3years Language: English Credits: 360CP in the UK = 180 ECTS points Marbella Design Academy is an exclusive design school with a family-like atmosphere among students and staff who originate from around the world. The maximum number of places available is 230, so students receive a great deal of personal attention and one-to-one tuition from their teachers. Each academic year is quality controlled by external examiners. Being a Graphic Designer is a wonderful profession full of creativity and exciting assignments. As a professionally trained Graphic Designer your world will open up to an interesting, rewarding and creative working life where no two days are the same. At Marbella Design Academy students’ individualism and creative expression is nurtured to the extreme. Students benefit from culturally diverse professional tutors, who provide them with an international perspective, they receive lots of one-to-one teacher attention and are taught to a very high academic level. The validated programme in Graphic Design will equip you with all of the necessary and professional skills to enter an exciting career in Graphic Design, guaranteeing you the highest calibre of education in the design industry. Throughout the course you will combine art and technology to communicate your ideas to users. Graduates will assume their position in the professional marketplace, with the necessary resources... [-]


BA in Graphic Design

IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Torino
Campus Full time 3 years October 2018 Italy Turin

The course of Graphic Design aims to form a designer of visual communication. This professional role foresees the ability to create communication tools, and to create the language and images which are capable of effectively transmitting the message and the value they are striving for. [+]

The course of Graphic Design aims to form a designer of visual communication. This professional role foresees the ability to create communication tools, and to create the language and images which are capable of effectively transmitting the message and the value they are striving for. Professional Profile: Graphic Artist, Visual Communications Manager, Multimedia Designer The course is recognized by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as an Academic Diploma Level I (180CF). The areas in which the Graphic Designer operates, range from the design of the visual identity of a company or product, to the realization of the packaging, to the creation of the graphics used in all company communication channels on line and off. The first year of the course of Graphic Design is dedicated to the introductory aspects of the field, and specifically to acquiring the basics, with regard to the culture, the tools and the rules which distinguish and characterize a project based behavior. In particular: font types used as tools of the graphic artist, the genesis and perception of forms and colors, software specific to graphics, the elaboration of images, including the cultural knowledge which allows one to interpret and decode the language of visual communication and cinema. The second year concentrates on the methodology and project design internships. The future Graphic Designer gains knowledge and competence in several specific professional fields, through practical experience in three areas of visual communications: the area of expressiveness, where symbols are transformed into trademarks, logos, posters; the area... [-]

Bachelor in Graphic Design

Academy of Art University
Campus or Online Full time 4 years September 2018 USA San Francisco

The School of Graphic Design’s BFA program guides students through the nuanced skill-development process required to achieve excellence in typography, print, packaging, branding, user experience, and motion graphics. [+]

BAs in Graphic Design. The School of Graphic Design’s BFA program guides students through the nuanced skill-development process required to achieve excellence in typography, print, packaging, branding, user experience, and motion graphics. The faculty is comprised of nationally recognized professionals who challenge their students to reach their personal creative potential. BFA Graphic Design Unit Requirements Major Coursework Core 36 units Major 42 units Electives 9 units Liberal Arts 45 units TOTAL 132 units BFA Graphic Design Degree Requirements Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist And the following general education requirements: Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements: 3 Written Communication courses 4 Art Historical Awareness courses 1 Employment Communications & Practices course 1 Historical Awareness course 1 Quantitative Literacy course 1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement. BFA Program Learning Outcomes Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Critical & Creative Thinking Identify appropriate audiences for defined problems Demonstrate the resourcefulness and flexibility necessary to conceive appropriate design solutions Conceptual Skills Develop and prototype potential design solutions for specific problems Create visual communications that are audience appropriate Develop design solutions that function within a defined context recognizing physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors Formal Skills Create visual communications demonstrating competent formal design skills based in design principles: composition, balance, hierarchy, harmony, and contrast Create visual... [-]

Bachelor Of Arts Graphic Design

Diploma University of Applied Sciences
Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time 6 - 7 semesters October 2018 Germany Bad Sooden-Allendorf Aalen Baden-Baden Berlin Bochum Bonn Friedrichshafen Hamburg Hannover Heilbronn Kaiserslautern Kassel Leipzig Magdeburg Mainz Mannheim Munich Ostfildern Würzburg Regenstauf Nürnberg Wiesbaden Wuppertal Germany Online + 24 more

The Bachelor course in graphic design intended as a part-time study to people who want to use professionally their creative talent in the future and have a keen interest in professional visual processing of information. [+]

​The Bachelor Degree Graphic Design is intended as occupational studies To people who want to use their creative talents professionally in the future and who have a strong interest in the professional visual treatment of information. The normal period for the program is in graphic design distance learning 7 semesters and im presence studies full-time six semesters. A campus program is currently offered at the Study Center Leipzig and in Stein / Nuremberg. The Fernstudium graphic design can be completed at all DIPLOMA locations throughout Germany. studying graphic design The study of graphic design with a bachelor's degree in both distance and postgraduate studies is designed as a practical training course, which meets the real requirements of agencies as well as the students' expectations of their work. Basis of the program is a sound design basic training, which is extended to general knowledge in business administration and marketing. The visual presentation of information nowadays affects all popular media of daily life, accordingly, the design of print through online media and web applications to mobile up and interactive applications is an integral part of the course. In the main course is a choice between the priority areas of Digital Communications and Corporate Communication (Corporate Communications). In addition to the design skills and knowledge students acquire relevant marketing skills and business knowledge. The job of a Graphic Designer The combination of creative skills with commercial and marketing-relevant know-how qualifies the graduates both for management positions in the design and advertising industry as... [-]

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

University of Central Oklahoma
Campus Full time 4 years January 2018 USA Edmond

The Graphic Design curriculum embraces and integrates art, advertising and communication. The program rogram at UCO has grown into the largest program between Kansas City and North Texas. It has truly become a center of excellence at UCO. [+]

BAs in Graphic Design. Graphic Design is visual communication and visual problem solving. This kind of visual communication can be found printed on a poster, a bag of chips, a can of soda, on the display of your laptop, or anything out in the real world or digital realm. You may not realize it now, but Graphic Design is all around you. You see as many as 5,000 advertisements a day. That means, you see Graphic Design more than 5,000 times a day, because advertising is just one medium in which you will find Graphic Design. Graphic Design can be artistic, illustrative, systematic and even simple. Ultimately though, it is up to you, the designer, to problem solve and find with the most effective solution. Our Graphic Design Program is NASAD accredited. For more information regarding Graphic Design, Design History and Illustration minors, please click here. Curriculum The Graphic Design curriculum embraces and integrates art, advertising and communication. The program rogram at UCO has grown into the largest program between Kansas City and North Texas. It has truly become a center of excellence at UCO. Degree Sheet International Scholarships The University of Central Oklahoma is committed to providing affordable tuition to our students and their families from all over the world. UCO recognizes and rewards student achievements by offering scholarships and awards on the basis of academic merit, talent in the fine arts or athletics. Other awards are based upon financial need. Students may qualify for both types of awards.... [-]

BA in Graphic Communication

University of Nicosia
Campus Full time Part time 4 years September 2018 Cyprus Nicosia + 1 more

In Graphic Communication the human eye is the basic channel of communication; the history, the theory and the practice of the graphic language play an important role as the latter significantly affects our everyday life. [+]

Duration (years): 4 Qualification Awarded: Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communication Level of Qualification: Bachelor Degree (1st Cycle) Language of Instruction: English (First and second year courses offered also in Greek) Mode of Study: Full-time or Part-time Minimum ECTS Credits: 240 Profile of the Programme

Aims and Objectives

The Graphic Communication programme aims to:

Provide an integrated, stimulating education in design for students who wish to obtain a firm grounding in the practice of the subject, informed by theory and history. Equip students with the understanding and appropriate skills to operate effectively within a competitive and diverse design industry. Stimulate students to develop their own interests within the broad field of enquiry offered by the subject and to develop a range of intellectual, visual, technical and social skills. Provide learners with the means for lifelong learning within the professional or educational environment. Provide reflective and responsive graphic design training which is directly relevant to the changing needs of the creative and manufacturing industries. Develop a range of processes and skills, including design studio skills, multimedia skills, as well as business awareness and historical and theoretical knowledge in order to test individual ideas and solutions. Encourage students to become more self critical, display critical judgment and challenge assumptions and prejudice. Provide students with the opportunity to study and practice graphic design in the context of the area of visual communication or engage in postgraduate study. Make students aware of the professional practice of graphic design; this will be achieved through a... [-]

Bachelor in Graphic Design

Budapest Metropolitan University
Campus Full time 6 semesters September 2018 Hungary Budapest

In the age of desktop publishing (DTP), graphic design became the most innovative branch of design, with a strong presence of its’ intellectual products in everyday life, both in online and offline media, in the graphic and typographic solutions from street posters to various media platforms. [+]

BAs in Graphic Design. In the age of desktop publishing (DTP), graphic design became the most innovative branch of design, with a strong presence of its’ intellectual products in everyday life, both in online and offline media, in the graphic and typographic solutions from street posters to various media platforms. We place our foundations on the development of individual capacities; we help our students find their own voice and style. We guide them through the workflow of plans and completed graphics, providing them with a comprehensive picture in the process of completing an idea. We encourage students to become committed to innovative, aesthetic and smart graphic design and typography. In addition to handing down professional skills and knowledge, the program also aims at merging intuition and consciousness in the course of the planning process and relies on students’ sensitivity and cooperating skills in individual and group projects in the studio. THIS PROGRAM IS DESIGNED FOR YOU:
 ...if you are interested in the various fields of graphics, are creative, have a good visual sense, enjoy working in teams and are capable of teamwork, are success-oriented, have sufficient manual skills and drawing skills, and are familiar with the basic computer graphics software. CORE SUBJECTS: Creative Visual Studies, Classical Studies, Graphic Design, Typographic Culture/Typographic Studies, Paper and Packaging Technologies, Printing Technologies, History of Graphic Design, Theory and Methodology of Graphic Design, Production Design, Packaging Design, Calligraphy, Comics, Media and Advertising Psychology, Photography for Graphic Design, Web and 3D Graphics; History of Art CAREER... [-]

Bachelor of Art - Studio Emphasis and Graphic Arts Emphasis

Lakeland University
Campus Full time September 2018 USA Plymouth

Whether you’re a classical artist who paints, sculpts or draws, or an artist whose canvas is a computer screen, Lakeland College will help you flourish. Our two art major options – art with a studio emphasis and art with a graphic design emphasis – are designed to meet your specific needs and make you stand out to potential employers in your chosen profession. “I think what most parents ask is, why would you major... [+]

Whether you’re a classical artist who paints, sculpts or draws, or an artist whose canvas is a computer screen, Lakeland College will help you flourish. Our two art major options – art with a studio emphasis and art with a graphic design emphasis – are designed to meet your specific needs and make you stand out to potential employers in your chosen profession. “I think what most parents ask is, why would you major in art? What can you do with this?” says Denise Presnell-Weidner, associate professor of art. “Is there a career? Is there a future in this? Well, today, especially in the area of graphics, there are a lot of jobs in that area. Graphics are everywhere.” Broad spectrum knowledge All art majors at Lakeland College will learn time-tested art theories and techniques. Traditional classes in design, drawing, color theory and art history are in the core academic mix. Later, students gravitate toward their true artistic love. “Then the students will discover what they really want to do,” says Presnell-Weidner, who has served Lakeland College for almost three decades. “Do they want to work on a computer all the time or would they rather sculpt or paint?” Lakeland features a “Mac Lab” that includes the latest software for graphic design applications. Says Presnell-Weidner: “We’ve learned how to bring both contemporary ideas into our program while maintaining the traditional programs that make a strong art student a strong graduate.” Art at Lakeland When our art students produce great work,... [-]

BA in Graphic Design

Wartburg College
Campus Full time 4 years September 2018 USA Waverly

The Art Department provides Wartburg students the ability to communicate with discipline and imaginative understanding about the visual world and its design. Through appreciation, experience, and production, art students broaden their creative and critical abilities and share these new skills through creating works of art. [+]

BAs in Graphic Design. The Art Department provides Wartburg students the ability to communicate with discipline and imaginative understanding about the visual world and its design. Through appreciation, experience, and production, art students broaden their creative and critical abilities and share these new skills through creating works of art. The Art Department offers a variety of academic and studio courses in traditional and technology-based media. The limited size of classes and open attitudes of faculty encourage individual attention and a close working relationship. Through advanced courses and independent studies, students may pursue individual interests. Requirements 14 course credits: ART 105 Design I ART 108 Graphic Design ART 111 Drawing ART 150 20th-Century Art, Media, and Design ART 201 Painting ART 205 Communication Design ART 208 Photography I ART 210 Communication Design II ART 250 Art History: Early Through Gothic ART 251 Art History: Renaissance Through Modern ART 310 Advanced Design Projects ART 371 Internship ART 461 Seminar in Art: Research ART 462 Seminar in Art: Exhibition One course credit from: BA 353 Principles of Marketing BA 454 Advertising and Promotion [-]