Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications (BFA): Graphic Design

Now is a great time to pursue career opportunities in the graphic design field: According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment in the graphic design field is expected to grow 13% from 2008 to 2018.* If you have a flair for visual communications and design, the IADT School of Design at Sanford-Brown can help you turn your natural talents into new career possibilities.

Sanford-Brown's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications with a concentration in Graphic Design can help motivated students like you gain the industry-current knowledge and skills that are important in a variety of design-oriented fields. The program's curriculum covers everything from basic drawing and design fundamentals to digital imaging and prepress skills.

As you pursue your BFA in Visual Communications degree at Sanford-Brown, you have the opportunity to explore the principles of graphic design, learn to use digital imaging tools and techniques, discover the art of electronic illustration, and engage in the technical and creative aspects of web design, multimedia and print publications. In addition to the program's core courses, you can also choose from a variety of elective classes.

Below is a sampling of course topics included in IADT School of Design at Sanford-Brown's Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications: Graphic Design degree program.* Classes are led by instructors with relevant career experience.

  • Typography I
  • Graphic Design I
  • Theory And History Of Visual Design
  • Digital Photography
  • Computer Illustration I
  • Digital Imaging I
  • Desktop Publishing I
  • Graphic Design II
  • Computer Illustration II
  • Digital Prepress I
  • Web Design I
  • Digital Photography II
  • Portfolio Development For Visual Communications
  • Digital Imaging II
  • Desktop Publishing II
  • Graphic Design III
  • Typography II
  • Digital Prepress II

*Course curriculum is subject to change.

These are some of the exciting careers in graphic design. With the right education and
your own initiative, one of them could be in your future:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Production Specialist
  • Package Designer
  • Print Production Coordinator
  • Junior or Assistant Graphic Designer

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