A graphic designer is a visual communicator who translates ideas into images. Good graphic design is what makes a brand inviting, information accessible, a message coherent. By earning an online degree in graphic design, you can build the skills necessary to enter this exciting and inspiring industry.
The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) program at Sessions College is an intensive two-year program with six 15-week semesters. An AOS program is specifically designed to meet your career goals. Requirements for the Associate program include: 54 credits in design (22 classes) + 18 credits in general education (7 classes).
Semesters start in January, May, and September and are 15 weeks in length. Full-time students complete six semesters in two years. Part-time schedules are also available.
First-year courses in the program develop proficiency in the traditional elements of art and design. You will acquire foundational design skills—color, typography, composition—and you will gain software experience in industry-standard imaging and illustration tools. First-year courses also introduce you to drawing, photography, Web publishing, and general education.
An integrated general education curriculum helps you develop proficiency in critical thinking and written communication as well as a foundation in psychology, business, computer technology, writing, and art history. Building a foundation for lifelong learning is essential to the online design college experience, and general education concepts play an important role in your design coursework.
In the second year of the program, you will dig deeper into the tools and techniques that are essential to print designers. Graphic Design majors develop a professional design process as they explore a range of media including layout projects, print production, packaging, and branding and marketing concepts. An elective course allows for further exploration of Web design or digital media.
The online graphic design degree wraps up with studies in design business and portfolio building as well as a live online portfolio review and a capstone project. The program is one of the most rigorous, career-focused graphic design degree programs available.
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