If you’d like to further your graphic design career, a degree can help you. At Brescia University, our completely online Associate of Arts in Graphic Design program provides you with a strong foundation for your future, focusing on the skills and knowledge you need as a self-employed or full-time graphic designer.
The right graphic design courses can help you reach your career goals. Below are some of the subjects that our program covers.
Drawing forms a root element for nearly any type of design. You’ll need to take into account space, perspective, proportion and other principles to produce a work that has its intended effect.
The drawing courses in a graphic design program will begin with these basic principles. Then, you’ll apply them to media and technologies that you’ll use on a daily basis.
- Art 101: Drawing I
- Art 202: Drawing II
A history of both graphic design and art in general will help you in your career. Having exposure to various approaches — from ancient civilizations to contemporary times — will allow you to draw on a wide body of knowledge.
In your education, you’ll get a survey of art from prehistory to the modern world in two classes. You’ll also study the specific history of graphic design in a class, which looks at the styles, movements, designs and designers that have influenced graphic design.
- Art 280: History of Art I
- Art 281: History of Art II
- Art 318: History of Graphic Design
Specific Graphic Design Courses
The main portion of your degree will be spent in specific graphic design courses that will teach you the core principles, theories and tools you’ll use in your career.
The program places an emphasis on practical applications. For instance, you’ll learn and use typography and layout to complete logos, advertisements, illustrations and all types of media. Having exposure to all types of graphic design topics will ensure that you’re able to handle any given project in your job, whether you’re freelancing on the side or work full time as a designer.
- Art 111: Design I
- Art 210: Graphic Design I
- Art 316: Graphic Design II
- Art 414: Graphic Design III
- Art 418: Special Problems in Graphic Design
General Education Course and Electives
Rounding out your graphic design degree are your general education courses and electives. The following classes will help you obtain an educational foundation that you’ll use throughout your life — within and outside of graphic design.
- ENG 101: Writing I
- ENG 102: Writing II
- SPH 110: Public Speaking
- One class in Appreciation of Music or Theatre
- One of the following:
o BIO 100: Intro to Biology
o BIO 112: Human Nutrition
o MTH 111: College Algebra & Trig
- ECO 202: Econ Concepts II (recommended)
- Electives (6 hours)
If you’re ready to begin your graphic design degree, you can get more information on this degree at the graphic design program page. This program allows you to get your degree fully online, so you don’t have to alter your work or personal schedule.