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


Employment Rates:

Given the fact that all of the rates reflected below are based on historical data and were subject to varying levels of audit and re-interpretation, students should not rely on them as an implicit or explicit representation or promise of future outcomes or employability following completion of a program of study. Indeed, there are numerous factors that affect a student’s ability to graduate and secure employment over which we have little or no control. Therefore, our school cannot and does not guarantee or estimate the likelihood of on-time completion, graduation, or employment for any student.

  • 73%
    Campus Rate
  • 89%
    Program Rate
Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS):

Reporting Period: 7/1/2013 through 6/30/2014

Date Submitted: 11/2014


The scope of ACICS recognition by the Secretary of Education is defined as accreditation of private postsecondary institutions offering certificates or diplomas, and postsecondary institutions offering associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees in programs designed to educate students for professional, technical, or occupational careers, including those that offer those programs via distance education.

Rate Calculation

Graduates and Completers placed
Divided By /
Completers and Graduates (less) – Not Available for Placement

"Graduates and Completers Placed" include those:

  • Placed based upon job titles included in the list of job titles published by the institution for which the program prepares students.
  • Placed based upon the required use of skills learned in the student’s program as a predominant component of the job.
  • Placed based upon the benefit of the training received from the program in obtaining a new position or maintaining a current position, supporting promotion or improving job related skills.

A "graduate" is (all of the following):

  • Achieved a GPA of 2.0 or greater at graduation.
  • Successfully passed all courses in the program or substitute courses permitted by the institution.
  • Attained required competencies or speed levels in all courses.
  • Met all clinical, internship, and externship requirements.
  • Satisfied all other academic requirements for graduation.
  • Satisfied all non-academic requirements for graduation, such as payment of tuition and fees, return of books, etc.
  • Received the appropriate credential.
  • Ceased enrollment in the program at the campus, unless currently enrolled or reenrolled as a new start in a different program.

A "completer" is a student who is no longer enrolled in the institution and who has either completed the time allowed or attempted the maximum allowable number of credits for the program of study but did not accomplish one of the following graduation requirements:

  • Achieve a GPA of at least 2.0.
  • Attain required competencies or speed skills.
  • Satisfy non-academic requirements (e.g., outstanding financial obligations).

"Not Available for Placement" includes graduates and completers who are unavailable to seek employment due to one of the following reasons: pregnancy; death; health-related situations of the graduate or completer, or a direct family member that requires care; continuing education; military service; ineligible for employment in the United States because of visa restrictions; and completers and graduates of a stand-alone English as a Second Language program.


SBC - Chicago - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2008 and 10/15/2008 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 16%

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website.