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Gain a competitive edge with a graphic design degree from Carlow University. You’ll develop a mastery of visual concepts and sought-after professional skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving to lay a foundation for success in the field.
Graphic design students work with industry-experienced faculty and industry-standard design software.
You can adapt your graphic design learning experience to suit your personal interests. If you’re planning a career as a freelancer, classes will help you master the skills needed to be successful.
Bachelor of Arts
On campus, some online
Up to 90 credits
You will learn best business practices and get hands-on experience with such software as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects in 2D and 3D studio spaces such as the Media Arts and Design Studio. In advanced-level classes, you will adapt your learning experience to your interests. At this stage, a mentorship program is available.
As part of your graphic designer education, you will develop and refine a portfolio and create an online presence on social media. Instructors will provide one-on-one guidance to help you demonstrate your unique skills and style.
Many graphic design students complete professional internships and independent design projects.
Fast track your way to a master’s by taking graduate courses as an undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.
With a graphic design degree, you can pursue a career in such fields as advertising, marketing and communications, and specialized design services. Students have landed jobs with art guilds and county offices, or have become exhibiting artists.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, employment for graphic designers is expected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. Though this growth is about average, those in the field should keep an eye out for competition in their job search.
Fall, Spring & Summer