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B.F.A., Graphic Design

Graphic Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.F.A.)

Put your talents to work in an exciting career.

Great design can help a product or company succeed. In fact, all organizations depend on compelling visual communication to entice and engage customers. The Berkeley College Graphic Design degree program can prepare you with the skills employers demand and career options in this fast-paced field.

Berkeley's Graphic Design degree program is offered at the following location:

Student Testimonial

“I enjoy the small classroom learning environment, it really feels like I’m learning and my professor is able to reach everyone in need. All of my professors have worked in the graphic design field before teaching. I’m hoping to become a video game designer.”

-Liana Pinero, Graphic Design Student

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Traditional artistic skills combine with today’s technology

You’ll learn a broad range of skills in our specialized design studios, which feature the current hardware and software used by top professionals. And you’ll learn from professors with extensive experience in many different areas of design. The curriculum will expose you to traditional, digital, and emerging media as you learn about:

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

Here’s what sets the Berkeley Graphic Design program apart:

  • You’ll learn in small classes with personal attention from instructors with real-world design experience
  • You’ll have access to current technology used by design professionals
  • An emphasis on critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • You’ll have opportunities for field trips, guest lectures, and other design-related events
  • You may have the opportunity to participate in an internship or job-related assignment for a valuable learning experience
  • You’ll have exceptional networking opportunities through faculty and alumni connections

Want to learn more about Berkeley's Graphic Design program?

You’ll find additional information in our Catalog, including the different degrees offered, descriptions of the courses you’ll take, the department faculty, and much more. You can always live chat or contact us with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions: 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..

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, Business Data Science program, and National Security program 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 info@BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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.

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.

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
  • You may have the opportunity to participate in an internship or job-related assignment for a valuable learning experience

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

The B.F.A. in Graphic Design degree program is offered at the Woodland Park campus and beginning with the Fall 2021 semester will be offered through Berkeley College Online®.

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

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 and capstone projects are completed prior to graduation. You may also have an opportunity to participate in an internship where you can apply what you’ve learned. Students will 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.

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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The first online cohort will start in the fall 2021 semester. Online students can start in the fall and winter semesters. Students cannot start online in the spring semester.

Yes.

The learning outcomes for the students in the online programs are the same as for those in the on-site program.

Small classes allow for individual attention and guidance. Virtual guidance is provided in the online classes.

Online students need to be very proactive and self-motivated. The online Graphic Design program is rigorous and demands hours of project work outside of the online interaction environment.

Constant interaction with the faculty through emails, zooms and chats, and discussion boards are fundamental to improve and achieve the expected results. Time management is a very important skill for online students.

The Graphic Design courses in the online B.F.A. degree program follow the same standards and rigor as the courses in the on-site B.F.A. degree program. The expectations for our students, whether online or on-site, are the same.

Computer - Mac Recommendations

Mac Operating System

  • macOS 10.15: Catalina (Jazz) - 7 October 2019
  • macOS 11: Big Sur - currently in beta (autumn release)

Mac System Requirements

  • 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
  • Intel Iris Plus Graphics
  • 16GB 3733MHz LPDDR4X memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Upgrades can include additional memory and/or an updated graphic card.

Computer - PC Recommendations

PC Operating System

  • Windows 10 (64-bit only) and later

PC System Requirements

  • NVIDIA® or AMD Graphics Card
  • 10th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor or greater
  • 16 GB memory or greater; 512 GB SSD storage; 32 GB Intel® Optane Memory for storage
  • Upgrades can include additional memory and/or an updated graphic card.

Note: This program is not compatible with a Chromebook or an iPad Tablet.

  • Adobe Suite (US$19.99/month for the first year, then US$29.99/month for subsequent years)
  • Maya, Unity 3D (free for students)
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