Online Graphic Design Bachelor's Degree

Overview

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Through strategic color, text and image choices, graphic designers can help set the tone for everything from a website to a product line or ad campaign - and even an entire business venture. An online bachelor’s degree in graphic design can teach students how to harness their creative energy to shape that tone, while creating a marketable portfolio in the process.

Course Work

Example courses
Interactive design
Typography
Advanced digital imaging
Color theory
History of design
Concept development

Students enrolled in an online bachelor’s program in graphic design should expect to take courses such as photography, drawing and color theory, as well as classes such as concept development, corporate identity and graphic symbolism.

Online programs should also equip students to work in the digital age, as the bulk of career opportunities for graduates involve designing for the Web and mobile devices. Courses such as digital imaging, animation and Web graphics can help students develop the skills most employers are looking for.

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Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Graphic artist $43,900
Graphic designer, Web $50,600
Art director $60,900
Marketing manager $73,000
Creative director $87,400

*per PayScale.com

Graphic design is a competitive field, and graduates should market themselves via Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites. An online portfolio is also a must for job-seeking graphic design grads, industry experts say.

"A website is a necessity for a graphic designer. Showing off the correct pieces [is] absolutely the difference between 'You’re hired' and 'I’ll pass,'" according to GraphicDesign.com, an industry news site.

The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design is $35,500, and the midcareer median salary is $55,500, according to PayScale, an online salary database. Popular jobs for graphic design grads include graphic artist, Web designer, art director and marketing manager.

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