Graphic Design

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 7.9 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 18 k / Year(s)  
StudyQA ranking:2250 Duration:48 months

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A 30-hour visual arts core taken in conjunction with the graphic design sequence supports the degree and creates a foundation for success. Through taking the core, majors qualify for the Art Minor which adds breadth and depth to the degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, majors demonstrate their competence in graphic design through senior projects and create portfolios needed for competing for professional positions. As defined by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), upon completion of the degree, students are able to demonstrate the following outcomes through advanced writing and senior portfolio:
  • Knowledge of design principles, theories, and history.
  • Knowledge of how visual communication is planned, produced and distributed.
  • Practice in new approaches to generate innovative visual communication solutions.
  • Ability to construct narratives and scenarios in the creation of the design solutions.
  • Effective use of typography, image, layout, motion, interactivity, and the principles and elements of design.
  • Practice of critical evaluation about one’s own designs and the designs of others with regard to usefulness, desirability, feasibility, economic viability and sustainability.
  • Ability to work independently while learning and apply new technologies.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline June for Fall semester; November for Spring semester Tuition fee
  • USD 7904 Year (National)
  • USD 18044 Year (International)
Start date January,September 2015 Credits 120 credits
Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Major Requirements: 42

Advanced Writing Course Credits:
  • History of United States Art and Architecture
  • Modern Art and Architecture Survey
Animation, Photography, or Video Media Electives:
  • Graphic Design
  • Computer Graphics
  • Motion Graphics
  • Design Media
  • Visual Communication
  • Design Media

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 5.5 TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

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  • Applicants should have an above average academic record at least equivalent to a "B-" average (2.60 out of 4.00), or be in the top 60% of their class with suitable academic preparation for the intended major.
  • The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test), while not required, is encouraged and strongly recommended for freshman applicants. Students who graduated from U.S. high schools must submit an SAT score.
  • Academic Transcripts need to be originals or official certified true copies. If your transcripts are not in English, certified true translations must be attached. All upper secondary school-level work need to be demonstrated through your transcripts. It is common for applicants to submit transcripts prior to completion of their final year of secondary school. If you must submit transcripts prior to completion, please indicate your expected graduation date.
  • Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

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