Bachelor's in Graphic Design

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Why Study Graphic Design? 

Our graphic design program connects you with new ways of thinking and utilizing visual messaging to educate, motivate, and inspire people to take action. Our hands-on curriculum teaches you to use critical thinking skills and to integrate research, technology, and aesthetics to build design solutions for printed, digital, and built environments.  

What You'll Learn 

With a graphic design degree, you’ll learn the skills to bring innovative ideas to life and accelerate your career. Building upon a foundational education in the arts across mediums, you’ll delve into specialized topics in typography, web design and branding, and receive personalized instruction in software programs (like Adobe Creative Cloud) that allow you to create dynamic designs. All design students are required to complete an internship, applying your design skills in a professional setting.

Program Details

A Bachelor’s degree prepares you for a rising career and for future graduate study by emphasizing clear communication, critical thinking, and a leading-edge understanding of your chosen field. View the core requirements and electives needed to earn a Bachelor's in Graphic Design from Columbia College.

A Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science require slightly different coursework. A Bachelor of Arts allows you to take more classes in the humanities, specifically foreign language. A Bachelor of Science requires more courses specific to your major.

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

Pair your degree with a related minor or explore your other interests without taking on a full course load.

Careers & Outcomes 

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

Flexible Education

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.


Day Campus - Columbia, MO

because a future built by you is a future built for you.

Too many people have been made to feel that higher education isn’t a place for them— that it is someone else’s dream. But we change all that. With individualized attention and ongoing support, we help you write a new story for the future where you play the starring role.