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BA in Graphic Design

Students interested in a curriculum that is designed to help them develop technical and creative skills for careers in digital imaging design might consider enrolling in Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program. Learn more about this online bachelor's program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

Students seeking to enter the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program should have strong creative, communication, and basic computer skills. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Once enrolled in Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program, students will have the opportunity to study introductory and advanced topics in media arts, design, and digital imaging while also receiving a broad liberal arts education. The curriculum is presented through instruction, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences to help students fully understand graphic design concepts and principles. Topics addressed in program coursework include layout strategies, production language and technology, desktop publishing software, color management, image editing systems, digital photography, typography, and visual merchandising. Students will work with various applications including Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and QuarkXPress. Required core courses provide study in diverse subjects including mathematics, science, history, social science, and art.

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Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design:

Graphic Design and Media Arts Courses

  • COM 128: Language and Practice of Media Arts
  • COM 230: Graphics and Layout for Print Media
  • COM 232: Desktop Publishing
  • FAS 226: Digital Photography
  • GRA 101: Basic Design and Color Theory
  • GRA 310: Digital Graphic Design
  • GRA 320: Introduction to Digital Imaging
  • GRA 340: Typography
  • GRA 410: Advanced Digital Graphic Design
  • GRA 420: Advanced Digital Imaging
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • FAS 320: History of Design
    • FAS 326: History of Photography

Required Core Courses

  • BIO 210: Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • HIS 114: United States History II: 1865 to Present
    • HIS 241: World War II

B.A./B.S. Core

Skills Courses

  • ENG 120: College Composition I
  • ENG 200: Sophomore Seminar
  • IT 100: Introduction to Information Technology
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • SNHU 303: SNHU Experience: Life After SNHU
  • SNHU 404: SNHU Experience: General Education Capstone
  • Select two of the following courses:
    • MAT 130: Applied Finite Math
    • MAT 140: Precalculus
    • MAT 200: Mathematics for the Humanities
    • MAT 210: Calculus I
    • MAT 230: Discrete Mathematics
    • MAT 240: Applied Statistics
    • One MAT elective based on school

Core Knowledge Courses

  • Select one of the following courses:
    • FAS 201: Introduction to Humanities I
    • FAS 202: Introduction to Humanities II
    • FAS 223: Appreciation and History of Music
    • FAS 340: Modern Art
    • FAS 370: American Art
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • HIS 109: Western Civilization I
    • HIS 110: Western Civilization II
    • HIS 113: United States History I
    • HIS 114: United States History II
  • Select one 200-level Literature elective
  • Select one of the following courses:
    • PHL 210: Introduction to Western Philosophy
    • PHL 212: Introduction to Ethics
    • PHL 214: Logic, Language, and Argumentation
    • PHL 230: Religions of the World
  • Select one Science elective
  • Select four Social and Behavioral Science electives

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program who are considering upper management or executive positions in the field might choose to enroll in an advanced degree program. Many companies will require a master's degree for those seeking these types of positions. Master's degrees graduates could pursue include but are not limited to:

  • Master of Arts in Digital Media
  • Master of Arts in Graphic Design
  • Master of Fine Arts in Media Art

Career Paths:

After completing Southern New Hampshire University's Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program, graduates could seek entry-level or possibly mid-level management positions in a variety of professional settings. They could work as junior graphic artists or assistant graphic designers for graphic design studios, advertising firms, corporate communications departments, or digital media and marketing companies.

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