Top Schools for Graphic Communications

Find out which top schools offer programs in graphic communications, a specialized field that uses images and typography to convey a visual message. Read about the programs at three top-notch universities, and find a list of other schools in the U.S. that offer programs in graphic communications.

Depending on the course of study, graphic communications programs can prepare students for careers as graphic or Web designers, desktop publishers, illustrators or production managers. Relevant programs are available the undergraduate level.

School Overviews

Top graphic communications schools offer wide-ranging bachelor's degree programs, as well as outside educational enrichment opportunities in the field. These listed schools offer such programs:

California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA

School Highlight: The College of Liberal Arts at this school offers various student clubs, including the Technical Association of Graphic Arts and University Graphic Systems.

This university offers a major and minor in Graphic Communication. Concentrations are also available in areas of study, such as Design Reproduction Technology, Graphics for Packing, and Graphic Communications Management.

Murray State University in Murray, KY

School Highlight: This school's Department of Journalism and Mass Communications houses its own media, in the form of its own news publication called the Murray State News, in addition to a public-access show on TV.

This school offers a Graphic Communications Media Major, a Graphic Communications Technology Minor and a Photography Minor. With the major, students will study course topics like Web Page Design, Desktop Multimedia, Trends in Graphic Communications and Customer Service in Media.

Bluefield College in Bluefield, VA

School Highlight: The library at this school offers over 50 electronic databases, 16,000 online and print magazines and journals, 63,000 e-books and over 40,000 books.

At Bluefield College, a Christian liberal arts college in Bluefield, Virginia, graphic communications majors study art, business and design theory to prepare for graphic design-related careers. Real-world internships are integral to the curriculum; students may get work experience at on-campus organizations such as Bluefield College Public Relations and Sports Information, or they may find internships with outside businesses and governmental organizations, such as the Bluefield Daily Telegraph or the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Prior to graduation, students take a capstone course.

Top Graphic Communications Programs

The following schools also provide strong programs in fields related to graphic communications:

  • At Eastern Washington University in Cheney, WA, students can earn a B.A. in Visual Communication Design.
  • Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI, offers a Graphic Design Communication program.
  • The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH, offers majors in graphic design and art management.
  • The University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Graphic Technologies.

Through comprehensive bachelor's degree programs, students who are interested in graphic communications can get the education they need for jobs related to media and graphic design.

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