Online Bachelor of Science in Design in Graphic Design

The graphic design major teaches you how to be a responsible design steward while developing your visual communication skills. The graphic design major is focused on teaching you how to visually communicate rather than teaching software. You’ll learn visual literacy, critical thinking and storytelling skills that can be used in many design-related industries.

Lower-division courses focus on teaching design principles such as typography, layout and color. In these courses, you’ll complete theory-based projects using drawing and other hand-done techniques to create handbound booklets, small-bound books and presentation boards. In advanced courses, you’ll apply your knowledge of design principles to professional computer-based projects in publication design, motion graphics, web design, animation, interface design and more.

Our graphic design bachelor’s degree online is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

What is a graphic design major?

 

Graphic designers are responsible for visually designing how information is communicated. Design theories, principles and layout techniques are used to create visual designs that clearly communicate messages and enhance user experience.

In this online graphic design bachelor’s degree, you’ll learn these design theories and master how to apply them in your own professional design projects. As an ASU Online student, you’ll learn the same curriculum and earn the same degree as on-campus students.

Program Field of Study
Bachelor of Science
Program Focus
Graphic Design
Program Name Abbreviation
Graphic Design (BSD)
Program Category
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Program Description Intro

Major in graphic design to explore ways you can solve problems and tell stories through visual communication. In this degree, you’ll learn essential design principles and master applying these skills to professional print and web design projects.

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Courses Summary

Courses in the graphic design major focus on the visual language of graphic design and visual communication. You’ll learn how to use these principles and the design thinking process to create creative and informative visual communications. The graphic design major requires a capstone course in your final year of study. For this project, you’ll conduct research and design a campaign around a social issue of your choice. You’ll present your work at a final exhibition near the end of your last semester.

Total Classes
26
Total Credit Hours
120
Program Fee Code
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts - Undergraduate Programs
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Graphic design courses and curriculum
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Major in graphic design with leaders in the industry
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ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is home to world-class scholars, artists and designers who inspire students to shape the future. Our faculty’s research is grounded in the transformative power of art and its ability to change the world. Faculty research areas include:

  • Arts and design for social justice.
  • Arts, education and arts-integrated education.
  • Arts, entrepreneurship and cultural policy.
  • Community engagement and public policy.
  • Creative health collaborations.
  • Design, arts, science and engineering.
  • The study of creative work.
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Join one of the best schools for design
Accolade Description

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has a tradition of top-ranked undergraduate and graduate programs from a combination of disciplines. These range from the arts, media and engineering to film, dance and theatre. The institute trains artists and designers to leverage their creativity and problem solving to advance culture, build community and transform society.

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5,300+
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students.

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400
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internationally recognized faculty members.

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125
Accolades Description

programs in arts, media and engineering, design, film, dance and theatre, and music.

Accolades Title
Top 20
Accolades Description

among fine arts schools in the nation, ahead of Cornell University, Parsons School of Design and the University of California.

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Admission requirements
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Weeks per Class
7.5
Academic Career
Undergraduate
Program fee code for resident
UPO204
Program fee code for non-resident
UPO204
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Program Generated Code
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Does my graphic design major say 'online'?
Description
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
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