Bachelor’s and Associate Degree Programs
Our Bachelor’s and Associate Degree programs help you develop the skills, portfolio, and career training you need to enter a career in the visual arts. Our Associate Degree programs build the perfect foundation for your creative career. Our online BFA programs are our finishing school. You’ll customize your educational plan and develop a professional portfolio geared to your specific career learning goals.
Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design
The online Sessions College Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design program prepares creative individuals for careers in communication design. This online Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design program is designed to produce graduates with the skills and attributes for a global audience and tomorrow’s challenges: resourceful, adaptive critical thinkers who are prepared to excel in a professional environment, and whose work is based on effective research, creative problem-solving, and design methodology. (120 credits)
Bachelor's Degree in Illustration
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Illustration program prepares new and current illustrators for careers as professional creatives. The program is designed to produce graduates with the skills and attributes for a global audience and tomorrow’s challenges: resourceful, adaptive critical thinkers who are prepared to excel in a professional environment, and whose work is based on effective research, creative problem-solving, and design methodology. (120 credits)
Bachelor's Degree in Digital Photography
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Photography program prepares creative individuals for careers in photography. The field of photography continues to evolve as technology advances and industry trends shift. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Photography provides a flexible, creative platform for new and current professionals with areas of focus in Commercial, Documentary/Editorial, and Fine Art photography. (120 credits)
Associate Degree in Graphic Design
The Sessions College Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Graphic Design program offers an intensive two-year degree for students seeking to enter careers as graphic designers with a focus on print design. Designed for high school graduates and adult learners, the program offers a powerful foundation in visual design and a working knowledge of contemporary design practices and media. (72 credits)
Associate Degree in Web Design
Associate Degree in Digital Media
The Sessions College Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Digital Media is an intensive two-year degree program for students seeking to enter careers in video production and editing, animation, or motion graphics. Designed for high school graduates and adult learners, the program offers a strong foundation in visual design and a working knowledge of software and production techniques essential for contemporary digital media. (72 credits)
Associate Degree in Illustration
The Sessions College Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Illustration degree is an intensive two-year program for students seeking to enter careers in traditional and digital illustration. Developed for high school graduates and adult learners, the program offers a strong foundation in traditional drawing and painting and vector illustration, as well as a working knowledge of software and production techniques used by contemporary illustrators. (72 credits)
Associate Degree in Advertising Design
The Sessions College Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Advertising Design is an intensive two-year degree program for students seeking to enter careers in advertising design, marketing design, and print design. Designed for high school graduates and adult learners, the program will offer a strong foundation in visual design and a working knowledge of software and production techniques essential for print and digital advertising campaigns. (72 credits)
Associate Degree in Digital Photography
The Sessions College Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) in Digital Photography is an intensive two-year online photography degree program for students seeking to enter careers as independent freelance photographers. Designed for high school graduates and adult learners, the program will offer a strong foundation in the visual language of photography and a working knowledge of the equipment, software, and production techniques essential for work in the photographic industry. (72 credits)
Program Features At a Glance
Launch Your Creative Career
Earn a degree and launch your creative career in our most rigorous programs.
By Creatives, For Creatives
Collaborate with a community of creative learners and industry professionals.
Maximize Your Portfolio
Projects put you through your paces as you build a body of work. Your program culminates with a guided portfolio review.
Structure and Flexibility
Weekly deadlines keep you on track, but with no set login times you can build your studies around your schedule.
Education You Can Afford
Affordable programs with low per credit tuition, and financial aid available for those who qualify.
Convenient Online Application
Fast, convenient, and student-centered application process.
TUITION AND FEES
Our Bachelor’s and Associate Degree programs help you build the perfect platform for your creative career. For seven years in a row, our degree program students have been recognized by the Department of Education for affordable tuition. Eligible students can support their program costs through access to Federal Financial Aid, GI Bill benefits, or scholarships.
Effective July 1, 2021, the tuition and standard fees for full-time students in Bachelor’s and Associate Degree programs are as follows:
|$75 application fee|
|$200 registration fee|
|$510 per credit tuition|
|$6,120 per semester tuition|
|$18,360 per calendar year tuition|
|$36,720 total program tuition (Associate)|
|$61,200 total program tuition (Bachelor's)|
* Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from the scheduled beginning of program orientation. Application fees are required to have your application reviewed. Registration fees are required to process your enrollment in the program.
Per-credit tuition for part-time students is the same as for full-time students.
The following general fees may be applicable to Bachelor’s and Associate Degree students.
|Degree Program Fees|
|Late tuition fee||$250|
|Per exam proctoring fee - payable to ProctorU||$22.50|
|Leave of absence fee||$150|
|Course retake fee (on third attempt)||$150|
|Program change fee||$150|
|Program reenrollment fee||$150|
Payment of Tuition and Fees
Program Registration. Payment of the $200 registration fee is due within 5 business days upon receipt of acceptance offer. Failure to remit the registration fee may result in the withdrawal of acceptance into the program. The first tuition payment is due no later than 30 days after issuance of the acceptance letter. Students will not receive orientation materials or be allowed to participate in orientation events prior to payment of the tuition.
Continuing Students. For continuing students paying tuition by semester, payments are due on the following schedule:
- November 1 for January semester
- March 1 for April semester
- July 1 for August semester
Payments not received within 30 days will be subject to a late tuition fee of $250. If payments are not received by start of semester, payment of a late registration fee will also be required. Course access will not be provided until accounts are up to date.
Federal Student Financial Aid
Students who are eligible for Federal Student Financial aid may be able to use grant and loans to help cover the cost of their education. View our Financial Aid section to learn about utilizing Federal Student Financial Aid.
If you are an eligible military servicemember or veteran, you may be able to fund your program using your education benefits. Ask an Admissions Advisor for more information.
The GI Bill® provides education financial support to U.S. military veterans and their families.
Active U.S. military service members can fund their programs using Tuition Assistance (TA).
Military spouses who are pursuing qualifications in portable career fields are eligible for financial assistance.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What Software and Supplies Do I Need?
Students are responsible for access to a computer, Internet connection, and any required supplies or software programs for specific classes. Software discounts for Adobe Creative Cloud are available for enrolled students. Some programs will require additional art supplies, such as a digital camera, video camera, or drawing/painting supplies.
Please check BFA and AOS program pages for information on specific requirements: Graphic Design BFA, AOS in Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Media, Illustration, Advertising Design, Digital Photography.
Do I Need to Purchase Textbooks?
Welcome to the digital age, where no textbooks are required. All coursework and materials required to complete vocational programs are provided in an online learning environment, including orientation materials, lectures, exercises, discussion forums, videos, and multimedia tools.
How Long Does the Program Take To Complete?
- Our Associate of Occupational Studies Degree is a 2-year, 72 credit program.
- Our Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree is a 3.3-year, 120 credit program.
When Can I Start?
Applying to Sessions College degree programs is a fast and convenient process. With our online application you can apply at any time for classes starting in January, April, and August—or take advantage of mid-term start options in February, June, and September. You can complete your application in 10-15 minutes, and receive a decision within two weeks of a completed application.
Can I Transfer In Credits?
If you have college credit, you may able to transfer those credits into our degree programs. Credit transfer can accelerate your program and lower your tuition payments. The program policy accepts up to 50% of program credits from equivalent courses at accredited institutions. For Bachelor’s and Associate Degree applicants, credit transfer evaluation is included in your application fee.
What If I Completed A Vocational Certificate At Sessions?
Sessions College Professional or Advanced Certificate graduates may go on to complete a Bachelor’s or Associate degree via our academic bridge program. Eligible graduates can apply up to 24 credits for courses completed, subject to Acceptance Committee evaluation. The program is designed to reward academic achievement at the certificate level, so grades and coursework must be exemplary.
How Do I Apply?
Students entering the program are expected to have earned a high school diploma, GED, or state-approved home school equivalent. Any students under 18 years of age will need to provide the signed permission of a parent or guardian.
To apply, you’ll need to complete our convenient online application and provide an application essay, official transcripts from high school OR for any college degree completed, and 5-10 samples of your art/design work. (Transcripts must be provided for any course you wish evaluated for credit transfer.) View full Application Guide.
We have a convenient and student-friendly online application process. You can begin your creative journey by completing our online application today.
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