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.

Three students huddle around a computer at a desk. Once points to the screen.
Justice Taylor (Class of ’20, biology), Noble Dixon (Class of ’22, respiratory care) and Cali Shealey (Class of ’22, respiratory care) study for a final exam at the A.J. Palumbo Hall of Science and Technology, Monday, December 9, 2019. (Rebecca Droke/Carlow University)

Bachelor of Arts


On campus, some online



Transfer credits:

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.

Quick facts

  • Work with industry-standard design software
  • Develop and refine a portfolio
  • Tailor advanced classes to your interests
  • Intern with a company or work on independent design projects
  • Gain professional experience in Carlow’s on-campus art gallery
A graphic design student works at a computer with a stylus in a bright office space.


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.

Career opportunities for Graphic Design

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.

  • Submit an application for admission. It is free to apply.
  • Request that official transcripts from all current and previous institutions you’ve attended are sent directly to the Carlow University Office of Admissions.


Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

If you are interested in this major, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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