- Graphic Design
- Web Design
- Digital Media
- Advertising Design
- Fine Arts
Visual communication plays a vibrant, essential role in our culture and everyday experience. Are you ready to turn ideas into images? The Sessions College Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Graphic Design degree provides a thorough creative and technical online training in everything that designers do. You'll immerse yourself in color, typography, and layout, and learn to navigate Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign with ease, as you gain experience an array of branding and print design projects. Discover your strengths and develop a strong portfolio, working with our faculty of professional designers.
The Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Graphic Design program is a 2-year fully online program. Classes start in spring, summer, and fall. Credit transfer is welcome and part-time schedules are available.
Progam requirements include 54 credits in art/design and 18 credits in general education. Your onramp to the industry includes a design business course, capstone project, and final portfolio review. Click to view course information below.
First-year courses develop proficiency in the traditional elements of art and design. You will acquire foundational design skills—color, typography, composition—and gain software experience in industry-standard imaging and illustration tools. First-year courses 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 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.
Graphic Design majors are expected to develop the ability to:
Below, Associate Degree student Kyle Gilbreath talks about his experiences working with Sessions College instructors.
Classes start in spring, summer, and fall. To apply to this online Graphic Design Degree program, you'll need to complete our degree application, write an application essay, provide 5-10 samples of art or design, and order transcripts from high school or colleges attended.
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To take this online program, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection as well as additional software and supplies.
Review program requirements for the Associate Degree in Graphic Design program below, and be sure to visit our Student Store for discounts on hardware and graphic design software. You must be an enrolled student to be eligible for educational discounts.
Please check course syllabus pages or the catalog for detailed information on course requirements or proctored exams. Your choice of elective may involve additional requirements.