Frequently Asked Questions: Graphic Design

What is Graphic Design?

Graphic Design is the art or profession of visual communication that combines images, words, and ideas to convey information to an audience, especially to produce a specific effect.

Why is Graphic Design such a growing field?

Graphic design is all around us, from the products that we buy to the publications that we read, there are thousands of media messages that we see each day. Almost every business and organization depend on the work of graphic designers. If you have a flare and passion for design, and the desire for an outstanding education that can help prepare you for a career in graphic design, we invite you to learn more about our program at Berkeley College.

Why should I study for Graphic Design at Berkeley College?

To prepare for careers in this exciting field, Berkeley College offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program that combines intense creative training with a solid business education. Here are some of the benefits:

  • A program that provides a strong foundation in the practice of graphic design as a fine art
  • Hands-on learning that emphasizes skills required by employers
  • Proficiency in industry technology, including current computer graphic software
  • Valuable, practical experience through program-related, faculty-monitored internships or job-related assignments

What will I learn in the Graphic Design program at Berkeley College?

The Graphic Design program at Berkeley College is both innovative to give you more career options…and thorough to help you stand out in the job market.

Along with the history of graphic design and a strong foundation in art and design principles, the curriculum exposes students to the problem-solving process using a broad range of traditional, digital, and emerging media. Critical thinking, conceptual problem solving, and creativity are emphasized as students learn about:

  • Web design
  • User interface and interactive design
  • Motion graphics and animation
  • Digital photography and imaging
  • Illustration
  • Filmmaking
  • Game design
  • Packaging
  • Advertising
  • Publication design
  • Typographic design
  • And more

What are the Admissions requirements for Berkeley College?

The College considers students for admission to degree and certificate programs on the basis of future potential, the motivation and interest to succeed in a chosen profession, and past academic achievement.

Graduation from high school or the equivalent is a basic requirement for admission to degree and certificate programs. In evaluating candidates, the Committee on Admissions takes into consideration your individual interests, your motivation to succeed in a chosen profession, and prior academic achievement. Basic requirements for admission include graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent and an entrance exam or SAT/ACT scores. Applicants to the School of Health Studies have additional requirements. Documentation of successful completion of high school or the equivalent must be submitted to the College prior to starting classes. 

A personal interview is strongly recommended. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Director of Admissions at the campus of their choice to arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Associate. For further information, students may also call the College at 866-317-6087 ext. WC1 or email

Are advanced drawing skills required to enter the Graphic Design program?


What is the enrollment deadline to apply for the Graphic Design program? Is a portfolio required?

Since Berkeley maintains a rolling admissions policy, students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The Committee on Admissions notifies applicants of a decision as soon as all credentials have been evaluated.

For further questions about the enrollment process, call Admissions to schedule an appointment with an associate.

A portfolio is not required. 

Can I study Graphic Design at any of the campus locations?

Not all programs are offered for completion at each campus or through Berkeley College Online®. All students may be required to take some courses at another campus or online. 

Graphic Design courses are taught in modern studio/lab environments at our Woodland Park campus, encouraging entrepreneurial teamwork and collaboration.

What type of networking and career placement opportunities are available for students?

Instructors are chosen for both academic excellence and relevant professional experience. They share firsthand occupational knowledge that can help prepare students to enter the job market. Portfolios, internships, and capstone projects are completed prior to graduation, as students work closely with the Career Services Department to secure future employment.

Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Gallery at Woodland Park and contribute to the department website. Students may also participate in field trips, attend guest lectures and opening receptions, and network with members of the professional design, art, and film community.

What kind of job can I get with a Graphic Design degree?

A Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design can lead to many of the following careers:

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Drafter (Architecture and Engineering)
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Industrial/Product Designer
  • Marketing Manager
  • Multimedia Artist/Animator
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Designer
  • And more

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