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Associate Degree in Graphic Design

Advance Your Career in Graphic Design and Web Design

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Associate Degree in Graphic Design

Career Outlook and Growth

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers for Graphic Designers are expected to add over 23,900 jobs, while careers for Web Designers and UX/UI Designers are expected to grow much faster than average at 10% to 15% or higher through the year 2030.1

Preparing now means you’ll be ready for the jobs of the future.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2021-22 Edition. Also see and   Sites visited on 1/5/2022. Also, job market conditions are dynamic and can change. This data is not intended to predict the market conditions that will be present when you graduate from your program and may differ based on your geographic location and other factors.

Attractive Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the Bryan University Associate Degree in Graphic Design, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to be job-ready for entry-level career opportunities2 such as:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Website Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • UX/UI Developer
  • UX Analyst

2Example occupations shown herein do not imply a guarantee of employment. Students are responsible for conducting occupational research for their chosen program. Employers have unique hiring practices and job-specific requirements, which may include years of experience for manager positions. Graduates with little to no prior experience should expect an entry-level position.

Employers are Hiring

From Fortune 500 companies to nonprofit organizations, the demand for capable designers continues to grow. You’ll lead a rewarding career in employment settings such as:

  • Technology companies
  • Advertising and marketing companies
  • Media and entertainment organizations
  • Business consulting groups
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies
  • Self-employed
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Career & Job Search Services for Students & Grads

You’ll receive a dedicated career services advisor that provides job search assistance, job networking best practices, interview preparation, and helps you create an eye-catching resume.

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Program Highlights

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Get the Skills Employers Want

Bryan U programs are aligned with employers’ needs to ensure you get the most current and relevant skills, including:


  • Design technologies
  • Design principles & color theory
  • Typography
  • User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design with Adobe XD & Figma
  • Motion & animation design with Adobe After Effects
  • Website design principles &techniques
  • Microsoft Office©
  • Create a professional design portfolio
  • Preparation for Adobe’s XD cert - one exam attempt included in tuition

Associate Degree

  • Digital design & illustration using Adobe Illustrator
  • Image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop
  • Page layout & composition design using Adobe InDesign
  • Website design principles & techniques
  • Interpersonal & written communications
  • Enhance your professional design portfolio
  • Preparation for Adobe’s Illustrator cert - one exam attempt included in tuition

Gain Valuable Experience

Bryan University’s Graphic Design Associate Degree is aligned with current competencies that employers need and developed in collaboration with industry experts. You’ll gain real-world practice experience online combined with assignments that simulate job tasks to ensure you’re job-ready upon graduation.

Get valuable practice throughout your program using the Adobe Creative Cloud products – all of which are included in tuition at no extra cost.

Professional Portfolio

Build a professional portfolio to showcase your best design projects and demonstrate your mastery of design skills.

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Upgrade Your Skills & Career Options: Stackable Programs with Dual Enrollment

You can enroll in the UX/UI Design Undergraduate Certificate and the Associate Degree in Graphic Design concurrently. This means once you complete your certificate, you can get to work sooner while completing your associate degree.  If you have prior college credit, or you have already completed an associate degree at another institution, we will accept as many credits as possible (and potentially your entire associate degree) to help accelerate your Bryan program.

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Meet Your General Education Faculty

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Kelsey Lunsford Instructor, Bryan University

MA, Communication, University of Central Florida; BA, Human Communication, University of Central Florida

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Kelsey Lunsford Instructor, Bryan University

MA, Communication, University of Central Florida; BA, Human Communication, University of Central Florida

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Shannon McCarty Instructor, Bryan University

PhD in Professional Studies from Capella University; Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University; Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from University of Arizona

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Shannon McCarty Instructor, Bryan University

PhD in Professional Studies from Capella University; Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Arizona State University; Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from University of Arizona

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Evangeline McDonald Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Mathematics, The University of Texas at Arlington; BS in Mathematics, Dallas Baptist University

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Evangeline McDonald Instructor, Bryan University

MA in Mathematics, The University of Texas at Arlington; BS in Mathematics, Dallas Baptist University

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Explore Graphic Design Courses

  • GWD-220, 3.0 credits
    Graphic Design Capstone & Portfolio
    This course brings together the learned design and development concepts for Graphic Design for students to identify, interpret, and implement the roles and responsibilities digital industry design team members. Web page scripting skills, aesthetic design principles such as page layout, type design, imaging and development of web pages will be used. Students will create mockups showcasing their design work and develop a unique project case study for formal presentation, engaging in a collaborative environment to practice accepting and implementing feedback, further enhancing their effective communication and collaboration skills in preparation for the workforce. As a final capstone, students will design and develop the overall identity for a self-promotional website and digital portfolio showcasing their learnings throughout their graphic design courses at Bryan University.
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  • GWD-215, 3.0 credits
    Page Layout & Composition Design
    This advanced course will concentrate on utilizing design principles and theories in problem solving, focusing on the importance of layout composition. Emphasis will be placed on the process of design development from thumbnails to comprehensives, layout, and the use of grid systems for multi-component layouts. Prior learnings in typography, illustration, image manipulation and photography will be combined to create a harmonious and aesthetically pleasing page layout system.
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  • GWD-210, 3.0 credits
    Digital Illustration
    This course advances the students' understanding of the computer as an artist's tool. Building on previous courses in drawing, concept development and introductory computer aided design; students will be asked to generate a number of expressive solutions that address specific illustrative problems, both technical and creative. Emphasis will be placed on meeting deadlines, use of applicable rendering techniques, application of appropriate typography and professional presentation methods. As part of this course, students will be given the opportunity to develop their digital illustration skills by exploring numerous tools and techniques to obtain desired results, including: Dynamic Digital Illustration will concentrate on advertising illustrations using vector-based applications and explore graphic designs for products and apparel. Editorial Illustration will explore various conceptual illustrators and their visions. Graphic Illustration will concentrate on the application of design elements in a stylized illustration. Attention to detail and rendering techniques will be emphasized and refined. Illustration for Multimedia & Web will help students produce vector-based computer-generated compositions for use in print, web sites, and multimedia products.
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  • GWD-205, 3.0 credits
    Image Manipulation & Photography
    In this course, students explore the principles of photography and the utilization of photography as a means of documenting design projects and portfolio pieces. This course covers the basic principles for lighting, setup and shooting with digital cameras. Students will photograph both two-dimensional and three-dimensional objects, then students will become acquainted with the concepts, hardware, and software, related to digital image acquisition, image editing, manipulation, color management basics, masking, layering, retouching, and output.
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  • GWD-200, 3.0 credits
    Digital Design in Marketing
    This course provides students with a working knowledge in the growing field of digital marketing. Students will learn about the evolution and purpose of digital marketing, the strategic uses of social media, and how these principles can transform the customer's journey. Students will also gain important industry skills for successful digital design in advertising such as copywriting, creating banner ads, producing promotional displays, and designing logos for products and businesses. At the conclusion of this course, students will produce a portfolio artifact of digital marketing design to enhance a company's product using effective digital media.
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  • ENG-112S, 3.0 credits
    English Composition II
    A course building on lessons learned in English Composition I. In addition to reviewing the writing process, topics include research techniques, citation techniques, documentation formats, and critical analysis of written topics.
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Benefits for You

Included in Tuition

As a Bryan University student, you’ll receive these benefits and services included in tuition at no extra cost.

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    Industry Certifications & Credentials

    Prepare for third-party certifications – one certification exam attempt paid for by the university.

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    Electronic Books & Courseware

    We give you easy access to your e-textbooks and software.

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    Tutoring & Academic Support

    Our tutors and academic staff provide personalized support whenever you need it.

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    School Starter Kit

    You’ll receive a starter package to ensure you’re ready to succeed in your program.

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    Accelerated Programs & No Waiting Lists

    Finish in the shortest time possible and never get wait-listed for course registration.

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    Refresher Classes

    As a graduate, audit previously completed courses free to keep your skills sharp.

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    Personal Success Coach

    You'll receive dedicated support to help you succeed in and out of the classroom.

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    Career Services

    Get expert help to ensure you're job-ready and connect with employers.

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    Mentoring from Expert Faculty

    Learn from faculty with real-world experience in their field.

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Why Learn Online

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Flexible & Convenient

We recognize that life can be busy and complex, so we’ve designed the learning experience around you. You have the option to complete your homework assignments online each week at days and times convenient to you. You have the flexibility to resubmit homework to improve your grades and gain greater mastery of the course content.

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Learn Faster & Retain More

We provide you with user-friendly learning technology such as adaptive digital textbooks and simulated job tasks to help you learn faster, easier, and retain more knowledge. All your efforts are recorded so you can track your progress and plan your time more effectively.

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Live Classes & Academic Support

Studying online with Bryan lets you learn from the comfort of home while connecting you in live events with peers, teachers, industry professionals, and mentors. If you happen to miss the event, we record them so can you watch them later and not miss a beat. Whenever you need help with an assignment, you can schedule a tutor at any time online with the click of a button.

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Connect with Peers, Faculty & Industry Experts

At Bryan, we don’t think learning online means learning alone. Connect with faculty, peers, and student support conveniently from your smartphone, tablet, or computer using Zoom, a user-friendly video app. You’ll join a vibrant community that includes industry experts who will provide support, expand your professional network, and celebrate your success along the way.

How You Learn Online

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Live Classes on Zoom

Most programs provide live classes that are also recorded in case you miss them and need to watch them later - click here for a list of live classes by program.

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Re-submit Homework for Mastery

Didn't get the grade you wanted? At Bryan U, you can resubmit your homework to improve your grades.

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User-Friendly Learning Technology

You'll learn using a program that adapts to your knowledge level while helping you learn faster and retain more.

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Share Your Interests

Engage with others in class using a social platform to share your thoughts on topics you're interested in.

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Affording College

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Tuition Lock Guarantee

Bryan offers affordable tuition rates for all students, no matter where they reside. We don't differentiate between residents or non-residents. We also lock-in your tuition rate when you enroll, so you can rest assured that your tuition will never increase over the length of your program.

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Transfer Credits

If you apply to Bryan University with prior college credits and/or a degree, we’ll accept as many credits as possible to validate the hard work you’ve already completed. If you complete a Bryan U associate degree or undergraduate certificate, these credits are transferrable to a higher degree, such as a bachelor’s degree.

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Financial Aid if You Qualify

As an accredited institution, students of Bryan University who are residents of the United States may qualify for federal financial aid. Our team of dedicated financial advisors can also help you understand what other options are available to you. To learn about those who qualify, please visit our financial aid page.

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Active-Duty Military & Veterans

For students who are veterans or active-duty members of the U.S. military, you may also use your military educational benefits, if qualified. Please see our military benefits page for more details. You may also complete the Request Information form or call us at 888-721-9773 to receive immediate assistance.

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Tuition Rates Go Down the Longer You're in School

As you progress through each credential level (e.g., certificate to associate degree, or associate degree to bachelor's degree), your tuition decreases. Plus, your tuition is locked in once you enroll so that it never goes up as long as you remain continuously enrolled in good academic standing. For a current listing of Bryan University's tuition rates by program, please visit our tuition rates page.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to Bryan University, prospective students must complete the following requirements:

  • Earn a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Be at least 17 years of age. If a student is under the age of 18, they will be required to have a parent or legal guardian counter-sign enrollment forms.
  • Fill out the University’s Application and pay a $25 registration fee.
  • Complete an interview with an Admissions Representative. Please call 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form to schedule this.
  • Pass a computer and internet speed assessment to ensure technology minimums are met. Please see the university’s course catalog to see detailed technology requirements.
  • Complete all required forms for admission.
  • For transfer credit evaluation, submit official transcripts from past colleges and universities attended.
  • Complete an online introductory course – “LaunchPad” – to demonstrate the ability to navigate online coursework.
  • Attend online orientation to meet your faculty and classmates.
  • For all healthcare and paralegal programs, applicants must complete and pass a required criminal background check, which is provided by the university.
  • Note that students applying to healthcare programs may need to identify a practicum site. The university provides a list of approved practicum sites and will support students in site selection.

To begin this process, we invite you to contact a member of our admissions team at 888-768-6861 or complete the Request Information form.