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Graphic Design

Academy of Art University

42 months
1191 USD/credit 30625 USD/year
1137 USD/credit 29237 USD/year
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The Graphic Design program of Academy of Art University gives you a strong foundation in art and design principles across a broad range of media—including print, traditional, digital, interactive, product, and emerging media. You will develop the problem-solving skills to design critical and thoughtful messages, interfaces, and public spaces.


With its focused thesis development process, the Graphic Design program of Academy of Art University emphasizes advanced study of the field and encourages students to extend their design skills into content creation, authorship, entrepreneurialism, and social innovation.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Critical & Creative Thinking

  • Conduct appropriate research to identify problems and potential solutions
  • Demonstrate the resourcefulness and flexibility necessary to conceive and execute design solutions

Conceptual Skills

  • Create compelling and engaging visual communications that convey appropriate messages and ideas
  • Address problems through a design process
  • Create visual communications demonstrating competent formal design skills which include: hierarchy, typography, aesthetics, composition and construction of meaningful images
  • Demonstrate competence in media, materials, tools, technology, and techniques

Professional Readiness

  • Effectively present and communicate ideas
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary for chosen career path through the presentation of a cohesive body of work.


Academy of Art University is recognized for graduating students ready to pursue a professional graphic design career. The School of Graphic Design is proud to produce alumni who are thriving at leading design firms, marketing agencies, and innovative companies. Our students are not only prepared to enter the workforce—they are ready to excel and raise the bar within the vibrant design community.

Graphic Designer

Graphic designers work within companies and institutions of all kinds, as well as in advertising and design studios, large and small. Graphic designers work on a wide range of projects which includes branding, editorial, interactive, environmental, advertising, and information design. Although the designer’s role will vary by organization it will always be tasked with producing creative, effective, and elegant graphic solutions, both print and digital.

Creative/Art Director

As a creative director, you'll work with copywriters, designers, and creative directors to produce creative solutions which meet branding objectives, while setting a high bar for creativity within your organization. You'll be responsible for setting and presenting high-level vision for projects and managing teams to achieve brand and client success.

User Experience (UX) Designer

UX designers work with product designers and visual designers as well as front-end developers, and clients to create interactive experiences that resonate with users. They document and present UX ideas and solutions to team members and clients. UX designers utilize research methods and user testing to architect the structure and navigation flow of digital products such as apps and websites and other interactive experiences.

Visual Designer

Visual designers apply their technical knowledge and design skills to create interactive products of all kinds. By integrating type, layout, color and iconography visual designers influence the users emotions and drive action through the use of motion, language and aesthetics. Visual designers work in teams with UX designers and front-end developers to create smooth usability and functionality while creating design systems that ensure a consistency of brand experience.

Product Designer

Product designers use UX design tools and methods along with type, color, layout and motion, design and iconography systems to create interactive experiences that resonate with users. Product designers integrate and cross between the role of UX and Visual designer depending on their role in an organization. They work with front-end developers and are responsible for all (or part) of the usability, functionality and visual design of a digital product such as an app, website or social media platform.

Service Designer

Service designers work within and for a range of organizations including governments and multinational companies. Service designers build efficiency and translate brand values through to the user experience for many kinds of products and organizations. Using tools and methods from ethnography, information management and interaction design Service designers analyze, map and re-organize systems which they then document and present to stakeholders and clients.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Making Ideas Visible
  • Type Forms
  • Anthropology: Experiencing Culture
  • Visual Literacy
  • Type Composition

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 42 months

Start dates & application deadlines


90 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • College transcripts must show the classes/subjects, grades, credits and number of hours completed for each class
  • Applicants and sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support Form
  • An art portfolio in your chosen discipline is required with detailed descriptions for all international graduate school applicants
  • An official bank letter (from student. family/parents/sponsor) must show a minimum balance of $42,000 USD or equivalent
  • We do not require TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not have a minimum score requirement
  • Photocopy of your valid passport
  • Photocopy of your 1-20, 1-94, or other visa document
  • If your transcripts are not in English. they must be translated and notarized

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30625 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1191 USD per credit during 42 months.
  • National

    29237 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1137 USD per credit during 42 months.

Living costs for San Francisco

2206 - 4119 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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