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Graphic Design

Bachelor’s Degree, Associate’s Degree

Turn your talent and passion for art and design into a career with a Bachelor’s degree or Associate's degree in Graphic Design. Our online Graphic Design degree programs reflect the most up-to-date skills, technologies and competencies of the design field. Instructed by industry experts, our hands-on coursework covers real-world scenarios using techniques from multimedia, traditional art and a wide range of design tactics. Students also have the choice of two specializations—Animation and Motion Graphics or Web and Interactive Design—to enhance their skills in a particular area of interest.

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  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Rasmussen College will reimburse you any out-of-pocket costs of the application fee for each first attempt of up to three designated industry certification exams for which you qualify. Should you need to take an exam more than once to receive a passing grade score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees. Rasmussen College will provide practice exams and materials when available.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 30, 2018] https://www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

Flex Choice® = Self-Directed Assessments

The Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees are available with Flex Choice self-directed assessment offerings, which allows you to blend traditional online courses with self-directed assessments that provide optional coaching assistance. Assessments provide more flexibility, and—at $99 per attempt—this is a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice page.

Cutting-Edge Curriculum & Portfolio Development

From traditional print design, typography and color theory to photography, audio/video editing, interactive media and user experience design, our graphic animation courses and web design courses will give you the skills you need to excel. Adobe® software and drawing supplies are also included in your tuition. Students will also create a portfolio of relevant projects using the innovative techniques, tools and industry software they’ve learned to showcase design talent and proficiency to current and prospective employers.

Industry Certifications

Our curriculum prepares you to take the Adobe Certified Associate: Visual Communication certification exam in Adobe Photoshop®, with an opportunity to obtain two more certifications at no additional cost.2

Regional Accreditation

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Credentials Offered

Graphic Design

Bachelor's Degree

Finish in as few as

36 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice®

Intended for

Students who desire to create and bring fresh ideas to life visually through art, design, technology and media. Students who want a career with freedom to create but also a career that enhances earning potential and job growth.

Prepares you for

Graphic Designer, motion graphics artist, print designer, 3D animation artist, digital designer, art director, animation designer, multimedia artist and animator, animation artist, visual media producer, production artist, website developer, user interface designer, web operations manager

Graphic Design

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months1

Learning options

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice®

Intended for

Students who desire to enroll at a Graphic Design college in order to create and bring fresh ideas to life visually through art and design. Students who want to enter the graphic design field and, later, advance toward a Bachelor’s degree.

Prepares you for

Graphic designer, print designer, digital designer, animation designer, animation artist, production artist, motion graphics artist, website designer, interactive designer, web developer, user interface designer

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Is a Graphic Design Degree Worth It or Worthless?

We combined government data, real-time market intelligence and expert insight to identify four benefits that come with earning an online Graphic Design degree.

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Turn Your Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your graphic design career easier by offering online Graphic Design courses that fit into a busy working schedule. In their online Graphic Design program, students will create a portfolio of relevant projects using the innovative techniques they’ve learned to showcase design talent and proficiency to prospective employers. As you near completion, at the Bachelor’s degree level, select one of two options to demonstrate your accumulated skills: an internship course (not available in IL) or a final design project course. Our online curriculum also prepares you to take the Adobe Certified Associate: Visual Communication certification exam in Adobe Photoshop, with an opportunity to obtain two more certifications at no additional cost.2

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.3 Here are just a few examples of where a Graphic Design degree can take you.

Multimedia Artists and Animators

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $39,330 10th Percentile
    • $52,410 25th Percentile
    • $70,530 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth For 2016–2026:3

    8%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Graphic Designers

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $28,560 10th Percentile
    • $36,320 25th Percentile
    • $48,700 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth For 2016–2026:3

    4%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Bachelor's Degree

Web Developers

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $36,830 10th Percentile
    • $49,380 25th Percentile
    • $67,990 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth For 2016–2026:3

    15%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Associate's Degree
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