Turn Your Passion into a Career with a Major in Graphic Design & Media Arts
Learn how to turn your artistic interests into a profession with a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Media Arts from Southern New Hampshire University.
Unlike fine arts schools, SNHU can expand your career options by enhancing your arts degree with courses in advertising, business, communication, marketing, psychology, technology and many other areas. You'll learn a range of valuable, career-oriented skills, including how to create:
- Logos, logotypes and symbols
- Advertisements and posters
- Brochures and marketing materials
- TV commercials and documentaries
- Web sites
- Interactive designs
Earn Your BA in Graphic Design and Media Arts for just $10K per year
The BA in Graphic Design and Media Arts is one of SNHU’s Experience More programs. In these programs, you’ll be on a more structured, career-focused pathway to your degree. Designed to incorporate industry experience and prepare you for the workplace more rapidly, at least 36 of your credits will be earned through experiential learning—which may include studio work, lab work, project-based courses, internships, or industry certifications.
You’ll also learn through a mix of face-to-face classroom and online formats. That means less seat time in traditional classroom settings, and more time engaging with faculty members as project leads, internship advisors, or coaches.
See Yourself Succeed with a Major in Graphic Design & Media Arts
While creativity may come naturally to many, the process of applying it to tangible projects may not. At SNHU, we'll help you create against deadlines, workplace challenges and other parameters professionals in the "real world" encounter every day.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of majoring in graphic design and media arts at SNHU include:
- Supportive community. Join the SNHU campus community of students who are closely connected with faculty and staff dedicated to your success.
- Affordability. It’s our mission to make higher education more accessible. That’s why, SNHU is one of the most affordable private, nonprofit universities in New Hampshire.
- Innovative programs. Study abroad at little or no extra cost.
- Accessible faculty. Learn from highly credentialed faculty who are experts in their fields and interact with you in the classroom, dining hall, fitness center and the stands.
- Opportunity. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni and strong connections with employers for internship and career opportunities.
- Campus experience. Enjoy more than 50 student clubs, champion Division II athletics and fun events on our 300-acre campus in Manchester, NH, named a "Best Place to Live" by Money magazine.
Internships & Outcomes
Graphic design majors can find opportunities in a wide variety of industries, including print and web design, multimedia design, newspapers, magazines, Internet-hosting companies, broadcast television production studios, and corporate and nonprofit marketing departments. In fact, you'll find our BA graphic design and media arts alumni at a number of great companies, including:
- BAE Systems
- Fox News Network
Graphic design majors will network with professionals through attendance at regional and national professional conferences as well as through program affiliations with AIGA and the New Hampshire Creative Club.
Begin your undergraduate degree with required courses from our General Education program. Then, choose from a variety of minors, explore coursework in other disciplines or opt to focus in three career-oriented subject areas:
- Information Technology
- Video Production
Using the latest design technologies, the BA graphic design and media arts curriculum also provides ample opportunities for hands-on experience and collaboration through coursework and internships.
Along the way, benefit from SNHU's knowledge-rich faculty, which includes acclaimed media professionals who have made a name for themselves in their respective industries. They'll inform your classes with years of academic and on-the-job experience.
Courses To Prepare You For Your Career
SNHU's bachelor's in graphic design and media arts program includes:
- General education
- Degree-specific courses
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
- Problem solving
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
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|BA in Graphic Design & Media Arts|
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|BA in Graphic Design & Media Arts|
|GRA 280||Design Thinking for Graphic Designers||In this course, students will practice using a design thinking process to develop user-centric, solution-based approaches to solve design challenges. Through this process, students will explore the various stages of design, begin generating design ideas and concepts, and create a design solution to address a design need.|
|GRA 310||Digital Graphic Design for the Web||This course focuses on digital graphic design theory and its application to web design. Students learn about the technical requirements of professionally created digital web documents. Students will be focused on designing communication and marketing applications for the World Wide Web all the while considering user experience and functionality. Differences in designing for the desktop computer and mobile internet appliances will be a topic for discussion and incorporated in hands-on exercises and projects. Each student will develop several minisites and by the end of the semester will have produced at least one deployable site. Topics include design strategies, web authoring/editing environments, color calibration and aesthetics, web typography, style sheets, template use, graphics format selecting and optimization, and HTML coding and debugging.|
|GRA 330||Designing with Data||In this course, students will explore how graphic designers leverage data to inform their designs. Students will utilize data to design an infographic with various icons to convey a message.|
|GRA 340||Typography||Typography deals with the language of type, the history of typography, typeface and character recognition, legibility, appropriate uses of measure, manuscript specifications and the individual visual dynamics of letterforms. In this class students will learn how to work with type as a stand-alone design element. Students will also learn how to incorporate type successfully with imagery. The assignments will cover a broad range of type applications. Students will primarily focus their efforts towards developing a greater understanding of typographic form through exercises based on the setting of words, phrases, sentences and short paragraphs. Students will first focus on the appropriate setting of spaces in-between the letters that make up words and projects will gradually increase in scope and complexity up to the setting of pages of text with multiple levels of hierarchical meaning.|
|GRA 398||Graphic Design Studio 3-1||Graphic Design Studio 3-1 will introduce students to working and interacting with culturally diverse audiences while allowing them the opportunity to develop and plan their capstone projects. Students will also have an option of assisting with upper-level capstone work. This part one of a two-term sequence.|
|GRA 399||Graphic Design Studio 3-2||Graphic Design Studio 3 will introduce students to working and interacting with culturally diverse audiences while allowing them the opportunity to develop and plan their capstone projects. Students will also have an option of assisting with upper-level capstone work. This part two of a two-term sequence.|
|GRA 497||Graphic Design Capstone 1||Graphic Design Capstone 1 will allow students the opportunity to design and implement a substantial culminating project directly related to future professional or educational goals. This part one of a two-term sequence.|
|GRA 498||Graphic Design Capstone 2||Graphic Design Capstone 2 will allow students the opportunity to continue to design and implement a substantial culminating project directly related to future professional or educational goals. Students will present and defend their capstone project alongside a portfolio of their work as part of this course. This is part two of a two-term sequence.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.