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Columbia College Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Gain practical experience and build a professional portfolio with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree from Columbia College.

Explore graphic design at Columbia College

The BA in Graphic Design provides personalized instruction designed to build your portfolio and launch your career in visual communication. You will receive training in techniques and research, while gaining a better understanding of the history and criticism of graphic design.

Throughout the program, you will gain technical skills in the software programs (like Adobe Creative Cloud) needed to deliver dynamic design solutions.

The foundation courses will provide an understanding of the arts across mediums including drawing, printmaking and photography. Then you will delve deeper into typography, web design, and branding. All design students are also required to complete an internship, applying your design skills in a professional setting.

Opportunities to study:

  • Layout design
  • Typography
  • Web design
  • Branding
  • Promotional design
  • Printmaking
  • Illustration
  • Photography

Launch a career in visual communication.

Graphic designers are critical to organizations that use visual messages to educate, motivate, and inspire people to take action. Designers use critical thinking skills to create visual solutions to complex societal problems. Our program prepares you to integrate research, technology, and aesthetics to build design solutions for printed, digital, and built environments.

Learning graphic design hones important skills and leads to a wealth of fulfilling career opportunities. You could go on to work at design firms, startups, nonprofits, Fortune 500 corporations, or start your own freelance business.

Some possible paths include:

  • Graphic design
  • Brand management
  • Motion design
  • Packaging
  • Publication design
  • Web design
  • User Interface/ User Experience
  • Creative direction

Columbia College Global offers traditional classroom instruction for many courses at nationwide locations. Students at nationwide locations are expected to engage with multiple learning methods, including online and virtual while completing their degree. Columbia College offers on-campus programs with traditional classroom instruction at the Residential Campus in Columbia, Missouri.

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Danielle Langdon

"The visual arts are labor intensive—running two galleries, maintaining a kiln, working with chemicals and technology—but we do it and more, all for our students. To give them a strong foundation to go out and be successful."

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Available program formats

  • General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
  • Core requirements 51 credit hours
  • Electives 21-24 credit hours
  • Multicultural requirements 6 credit hours
  • Total degree requirements 120 credit hours

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