Graphic Design (BSD)

The program marches forward in the twenty-first century with a commitment to excellence in traditional and contemporary graphic design education, professionalism, research, and service for the community at large. Faculty, alumni, students, and visiting designers/educators constantly reinforce the link between society and nature and vigorously advocate "quality" in developing communication strategies.

The curriculum acknowledges the need for creative environments that address ecological concerns and encourages students to develop sustainable trans-disciplinary works sensitive to cultural aesthetic. The curriculum rests on a strong foundation [design principles] provided in lower-division studio and lecture courses. Upper-division studio courses provide opportunities for students to work in collaborative teams addressing professional projects in information design, interaction design, exhibition design, animation, motion graphics, branding, publication design, web design, interface design and multiple contemporary facets of sensorial design.

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Graphic designers are responsible for designing how information is communicated. Forms of communication include print, video, film and electronic (Web). The faculty in The Design School offers the BSD in graphic design.

Graphic designers are concerned with:

  • appearance
  • choosing the appropriate mechanism for communication
  • clarity of information and its effectiveness
  • how communication is transferred and received

This program places an emphasis on strategic communication, developed through a design process that includes research, analysis, conceptualization, planning and realization. The process leads to innovative visual communication design solutions for contemporary design problems that are local to global in scope.

All students who are admitted to the major must pass a degree milestone at the end of the first year to continue in the major. For more information on the milestone process, students should visit https://design.asu.edu/resources/students/milestones.

This is an eight-semester program requiring sequential completion of studio coursework (or approved equivalent) at any point of entry.

Degree Offered

Graphic Design (BSD)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for

Location
Tempe

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Application Requirements

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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Financial Aid
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Accreditation

The undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Visual Communication Design at Arizona State University have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 2001.  

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design is composed of schools and individuals representing the highest traditions and aims in the education of the artist and designer. These members have proven, by the fact of their membership and activity in the organization, their deep interest in fostering high standards for art and design education. 

For more information, please visit the NASAD website

Milestone

Students in The Design School must successfully pass a degree milestone at the end of their freshman year to continue in the professional degree program. Applying to pass the degree milestone requirement is competitive and limited by available resources. Selection is awarded to those applicants demonstrating the highest promise for professional success.

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Internships

Students majoring in Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Visual Communication Design are required to complete an internship program as part of their curriculum.

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Professional Organizations

Professional organizations serve as the public face for their respective professions, providing information to the general public about disciplinary practice and its role in improving the well-being of communities, promoting design excellence through the recognition of notable professional achievements, supporting the exchange of ideas and information about best practices between professional members through the development of conferences and through the support of opportunities for continuing education.

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Student Organizations

Joining a discipline-specific student organization is a great way to help your long-term career plans and goals. Membership can add to your academic experience by building a portfolio, making important connections, networking and engaging with local and national professional communities.

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Career Outlook

Based on a diversified portfolio upon graduation, students opting for the graphic design profession gain employment in:

  • advertising and marketing design
  • brand and corporate identity design
  • broadcast (TV graphics) design
  • interaction and interface design
  • museum or exhibition design
  • publication design
  • visual communication design
  • Web design

Specific examples of graphic designers' work include:

  • annual reports
  • books
  • environmental graphics
  • information design
  • motion graphics
  • multimedia presentations
  • publications
  • Web sites

Students may also pursue graduate studies leading to careers in design education and other fields of professional endeavor in design.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Multimedia Artists and Animators6%$63,630
Art Directors2.4%$85,610
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists7.9%$44,070
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.3%$62,330
Computer Programmers-8%$77,550
Designers, All Other6.2%$49,310
Desktop Publishers-21%$38,200
Graphic Designers1.4%$45,900
Commercial and Industrial Designers 2%$64,620
Instructional Designers and Technologists 7%$61,550
Instructional Coordinators7%$61,550
Artists and Related Workers, All Other0.4%$58,250
Prepress Technicians and Workers-24.6%$37,200
Set and Exhibit Designers6.8%$49,810
Web Developers 26.6%$63,490

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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