Earning an online Graphic Design degree will help you gain knowledge and confidence that nurture your inspiration and creativity while expanding your creative skills and technical proficiency. Instructed by industry experts, our online Graphic Design program reflects the most up-to-date skills, technologies and competencies of the design field. The curriculum is relevant and challenging to help you become proficient in your craft and develop a successful career. This Graphic Design degree is available with Flex Choice®, which allows you to combine traditional online coursework and self-directed assessments—a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know.
Students 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. The Animation and Motion Graphics specialization explores advanced techniques from both multimedia design and traditional art, including 3D modeling, motion graphics, character modeling, animation and digital special effects. Specializing in Web and Interactive Design gives you hands-on experience in a wide range of web design tactics, including interactive design, website design, mobile website design and user experience in order to build engaging websites and dynamic databases.
- Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term. ↩
- 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. ↩
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] www.bls.gov/ooh/. Employment conditions in your area may vary. ↩
What Will I Be Prepared to Do When I’m Done?
Build Your Portfolio
Create a portfolio of relevant projects using the innovative techniques, tools and industry software you’ve learned in your online Graphic Design courses to showcase design talent and proficiency to current and prospective employers.
Pursue Industry Certifications
To enhance your resume even further, our graphic animation courses and web design courses online prepare you to take the Adobe Certified Associate: Visual Communication certification exam in Adobe Photoshop, with an opportunity to obtain two certifications at no additional cost.2
Pursue Potential Job Growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth potential by year 2026 for multimedia artists and animators is 10%.3 A Graphic Design Bachelor's degree from Rasmussen College can help set you up for success in this growing field.
What Skills Will I Gain?
Adobe® Creative Cloud
Proficiency in the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud and other industry-standard tools to design and build engaging user-friendly results.
Conceptualize, plan, design, produce and implement successful design solutions to complex visual projects.
Animation and Motion Graphics Specialization
Use techniques from both multimedia design and traditional art—including 3D modeling, character modeling, animation, motion graphics and digital special effects.
Expertise in Web Languages
Web and Interactive Design Specialization
Create and combine multiple forms of media with a high level of craft and proficiency to generate interactive and web-based projects involving HTML, CSS and web scripting languages.
What Types of Classes Will I Take?
- GRA 4172C
- 4 Credits
- Animation and Motion Graphics Specialization
- GRA 4631C
- 4 Credits
- Web and Interactive Design Specialization
- GRA 3844C
- 4 Credits
Advanced User Experience Design
Expands on students’ knowledge of user experience design to deepen their knowledge of the development process of interfaces and user experiences. Examines various kinds of software, from browser-based apps to interfaces for mobile device applications.
Advanced Character Modeling
Explores advanced techniques of 3D character creation and effects. Practices advanced 3D modeling and animation theory as well as principles that focus on character design and animation as it applies to virtual environments. Studies character rigging for games, advanced animation, morphing and blending and other techniques to create expressive characters.
Search Engines, Optimization & Analytics
Introduces the optimization of websites for search engine placement. Teaches how search engines collect and organize information and make it useful and accessible. Researches techniques such as meta tags, copywriting techniques, header and footer optimization, site submission and linking methods used to improve site ranking.
51 Courses to Complete
181 Credit Hours
What Should I Know Before I Enroll?
Entrance requirements at the Rasmussen College School of Design vary depending on the program. We do not require enrolling students to submit standardized test scores; however, every entrant must have at least a high school diploma or the equivalent.
We believe in giving credit where it’s due. Talk to a program manager today or explore our Transfer Policy page to review our seamless credit policies designed to maximize credits, potentially save money and expedite graduation.
Help Paying for College
Higher education should be a manageable investment. Talk to a program manager and learn how these programs can make it more affordable with Flex Choice® learning options, loans and grants, scholarship opportunities and corporate and military discounts.
Where Will I Take These Classes?
At Rasmussen College, we want our courses to be available for your schedule; not the other way around. Many of our programs are available on campus or online. Select programs are available for enrollment through a specific campus, but students complete the courses online and are able to utilize online and on-campus support and resources.