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Online Graphic Design Degree Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Cost per credit $330

Total courses 40

Term length 8 weeks

Program Overview Why get a graphic design degree?

Have you ever found a magazine ad that jumps off the page? A digital banner that cuts through the noise? How about a website that's intuitively easy to navigate? A degree in graphic design can help you develop the skills you need to inspire audiences into action.

With the online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Graphic Design and Media Arts from Southern New Hampshire University, you can tap into your creative side and learn how to produce innovative designs. Through this program, you'll build a portfolio that demonstrates visual storytelling through various print, digital and video media platforms.

Skills you'll learn:

  • Idea-to-concept translation
  • Design and presentation strategies
  • Latest design technologies
  • Interdisciplinary teamwork
  • Ethical and culturally sensitive imagery use
  • Media and messaging analysis
2021 Bachelor's in Graphic Design and Media Arts alum Jesus Suarez, wearing headphones while working from a laptop computer.

Courses & Curriculum Online graphic design classes that prepare you for a creative career

Whether you dream of the fast pace of an agency, the rigor of a design firm or the independence of running your own shop, our online graphic design program can teach you how to translate your ideas through concept, design and digital media. Our graphic design courses provide a mixture of professional, practical and business-oriented skills that can prepare you to meet client needs in a variety of industries.



You can choose to follow the general graphic design track, or choose one of two concentrations to specialize your skill set.

Concentration Options

Create engaging and accessible user experiences with an online Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Graphic Design and Media Arts with a concentration in User Experience Design. With so many brands striving for optimal usability, particularly in web and mobile, this is a crucial skill for today's design professionals.

In this concentration, you'll explore the essential knowledge and skills you need for the design and development of engaging and accessible user experiences. You'll hone in on the collaborative process and your role in working with internal and external stakeholders throughout the user experience design process.

You'll also create wireframes, visual maps and prototypes that reflect the elements and principles of design, in addition to user-centric design considerations. You'll also learn how to test and optimize user experience design.

Career Outlook:

As businesses see the value of crafting effective user experiences across their digital properties, the demand for UX designers continues to grow. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in web development and digital design are projected to grow 16% through 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.1

Courses may include:

  • User-Centric Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Collaboration in User Experience Design
  • Prototyping and Optimization in User Experience Design

If you're looking for a career that combines graphic design and digital media, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Graphic Design and Media Arts with a concentration in Web Design at Southern New Hampshire University could be the right fit for you. The web design degree online program supplements the traditional graphic arts foundation with digital-oriented core courses, striking the balance of artistic interests and practical web design.

Equal parts theory and practice, this specialized graphic design program stresses the critical thinking skills and hands-on technical proficiency to complement your designs, along with the know-how to promote yourself and keep your skills sharp in an ever-changing, competitive marketplace.

Career outlook:

As the use of mobile devices grows and e-commerce continues to expand, job prospects appear promising for graphic designers with web design skills. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in web development and digital design are projected to grow 16% through 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.1

Those with knowledge of multiple programming languages and digital multimedia tools will have the best opportunities. Our web design degree online concentration program gives you the advantage you need to succeed in a number of industries, including:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Public relations
  • Specialized design services
  • Digital media outlets
  • E-commerce

The online graphic design degree curriculum includes the full graphic design course of study, plus four newly revised web design-specific courses to expand your skill set to include social media design and creating an integrated digital campaign. Courses are taught by award-winning creative faculty using the most advanced technology available.

As a graduate of this online web design degree program, you'll build the skills to concept and develop your work using the Adobe Creative Cloud. You'll learn how to conduct usability testing on multiple platforms and interfaces, from mobile phones to tablets to desktop computers. Using these skills, you’ll be prepared to execute various media projects, including interactive animation, digital publications, video and other rich media.

Mikki Mihalovic, a 2021 graduate of SNHU's Graphic Design programMikki Mihalovic '21 found her web courses particularly helpful in her career. "I took away many ways of looking at website design from the perspective of building a foundation with coding," said Mihalovic. "You need to build the foundation of a house before you can build the walls and eventually decorate the inside."

Learn more about web design degree concentration offerings, including:
  • Web Development
  • User Interface and Experience
  • Social Media Design

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Upcoming term starts: October 28, 2024 | January 06, 2025

Next term starts:
Sept. 02, 2024

Online Student Experience What’s it like going to SNHU?

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Tuition Cost & Savings College can be more affordable than you think

As a nonprofit university, SNHU offers some of the lowest online tuition rates in the country. And when you work with our Financial Services team, we'll explore ways to help you save even more on your education – and customize a payment plan that works for you.

Online undergraduate programs

Cost per credit
Cost per course
Cost for 120-credit degree*
Full- and part-time students
Active-duty military and spouses | Full- and part-time students**

*before previously earned credits are applied

Tuition rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.

**Note: Students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional costs: Course materials vary by course.

Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

$9,900 $14,850 $19,800 $24,750 $29,700
Transfer credits and lower your cost by:

If 30 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $29,700

If 45 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $24,750

If 60 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $19,800

If 75 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $14,850

If 90 of your prior learning credits ($330/credit) are accepted toward your bachelor’s degree.

Your remaining tuition cost: $9,900

How we estimate your tuition cost:

We look at the cost per credit multiplied by the number of credits you need to earn for a bachelor's degree. Most bachelor's degrees require 120 credits. SNHU allows you to transfer in up to 90 credits, requiring a minimum of 30 credits to be taken at SNHU. This is only a tuition estimator, and doesn't account for other fees that may be associated with your program of choice.

Career Outlook What can I do with an online graphic design degree?

The bachelor's in graphic design program prepares you for a variety of career options, and with the expanding use of artificial intelligence (AI) in design, businesses have a demand for knowledgeable professionals. Whether you're leading a team of creatives working on brand strategy or collaborating with engineers and industrial designers on product development, the need for skilled graphic designers is constantly growing.


The online BA in Graphic Design program uses the latest technology and instruction techniques. With a foundation in design, user experience, typography and branding, you'll be prepared for a number of roles, including:

Manage creative teams, pitch concepts for national ad campaigns, build relationships with executive leadership and help your team grow through direct feedback and support.

Integrate multiple formats – art, sound and design – into a single creative context. You could be a prop or set designer, or help design a 3D environment for a video game or animated video, for example.

Play a major role building out a company's digital presence by developing pages, layouts, navigational design and graphics for company websites.

Create user-friendly experiences across digital media like apps and websites. Interpret research to help predict future consumer behaviors, identify pain points and develop relevant persona profiles.

Responsible for hands-on production tasks like cropping, retouching, scaling graphics and finalizing files. Collaborate with web developers, copywriters and videographers.

Create graphics or typographical treatments to serve as a visual representation of a brand. You could work for a design firm, publishing house or ad agency, for example.

Collect and analyze consumer data, initiate marketing campaigns and create branded digital or print pieces for an organization. Additional skills in data analytics and coding may be required.

Projected increase in web developer and digital designer positions through 2032, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.1
Median annual pay for web developer and digital designer positions as of May 2022, according to the BLS.1

Understanding the numbers
When reviewing job growth and salary information, it’s important to remember that actual numbers can vary due to many different factors—like years of experience in the role, industry of employment, geographic location, worker skill and economic conditions. Cited projections do not guarantee actual salary or job growth.

What SNHU students are saying

Jesús Suárez '21
Jesús Suárez '21
I felt that the graphic design coursework was relevant to the real world. I found a lot of value in what I was doing because it was making me better at my skill – my trade.

Frequently Asked Questions
Get answers about the online graphic design degree

Yes. Along with SNHU's other 200+ online degree programs, you can earn your bachelor's in graphic design online, on your time.

While we've developed a reputation as a leader of online education, we also offer campus and blended learning experiences. All of SNHU's programs are regionally accredited, and some, such as our nursing and accounting programs, have additional industry-specific accreditation. That means, when you finish a program with us, you'll get a respected degree from a university you can trust.

Just ask one of our online students:

SNHU online graduate Adam Schumacher"Southern New Hampshire University, when it comes to online education, is top of the league," said SNHU organizational management graduate Adam Schumacher '22. "I may be sitting here in Kingsland, Georgia, nowhere near New Hampshire, but I still feel like I'm part of SNHU. I still feel like I'm part of the university."

Online graphic design graduate John Reck agrees.

"I found the online program to be remarkable," he said. "There are a ton of resources in the SNHU virtual world – tutors, workshops, library. The [online writing center] will read your papers and guide you to understand what you're working on."

Graphic designers play a major role in any creative team. Here are a few key skills you'll need to succeed in the field:

  • Creativity. An appreciation for art and creativity is probably what brought you here in the first place – and it's a highly valuable skill in the field. By using your knowledge of color, composition and typography, you'll find new ways to push designs in unexpected directions. As a contractor, you may help a small business redesign its company website. In an ad agency setting, you may spearhead an interactive out-of-home (OOH) experience. As long as you know how to apply the skills in your personal toolkit, you'll have the power to influence and innovate through your work.
  • Collaboration. The ability to work with a team is another crucial skill, as you'll need to collaborate closely with writers, web developers and videographers to make your vision come to life. In addition, clients, stakeholders and creative directors will provide feedback to help fine-tune your work. This means finding a happy middle ground between owning your ideas and redirecting creative executions as needed. It's a delicate balancing act, but when done right, it can help you create some of your best designs.
  • Communication skills. Similar to collaboration, designers need to be able to communicate clearly with clients and stakeholders and be able to explain their work. Designers need to be able to articulate their design choices while ensuring they're understanding the needs of the clients.
  • Tech-savvy. Marketers are always looking for new cutting-edge ways to appeal to consumers. To keep up, you'll need to have a solid understanding of today's technologies. This means knowing how to use the latest design software tools and keeping an eye on current trends in marketing, UX, web design and more.
  • Problem-solving. There are many moving parts from the ideation to the implementation stage of every creative project, and that can make for a whole host of challenges. For example, a client may have strict budgetary restrictions that limit the scope of your design. Time can also be a major factor – if you're producing work for a specific event, like a national conference or job fair, you'll be expected to complete it with very little lead time. In these situations, you'll have to find out-of-the-box ways to deliver great designs that satisfy client requests (and, ideally, exceed their expectations).
  • Attention to detail. In many situations, yours will be the last set of eyes to view your design before it gets printed or published. That means you'll need to have a sharp eye for details, spotting errors like typos as well as inconsistencies in line spacing and alignment. You'll also need to make sure that file types and sizes match the request of the stakeholder, giving them everything they need to put your work out into the world.

While not required, typical entry-level education for graphic designers is a bachelor's degree.1 Plus, with the growing competitive marketplace for designers, an online degree in graphic design can help set you apart.

Students with years of industry experience, like Mikki Mihalovic '21, are able to find significant value in completing their degree now, even as a working professional.

"My degree program was well worth it," said Mihalovic. "Though I have been a creative director for many years, I was laid off at the age of 58. Given all my years of experience in the industry and skillset, not having a degree kept me from getting other creative director positions even when I was in the top two candidates."

Now, with her degree, she's up for promotions at work and is able to provide more creative solutions and projects for her clients. "I fulfilled a promise to myself 40 years ago when I left college that one day I would go back and finish what I started no matter where I was in my career."

For those who have yet to break into the field, a bachelor's program can offer a safe space to grow, test and develop compelling work in various media. You'll learn about industry-leading graphic design software, and challenge your limitations as an artist by creating fully-formed, marketable ideas and creative executions.

In addition, a grounding in a liberal education and the humanities will give you a cultural frame of reference that can help enrich you both professionally and personally. You'll be prepared to take on "real-world" visual communication projects that demand an understanding of a broad range of content.

Programs like SNHU's BA in Graphic Design also offer internships where you can gain critical workplace experience. In addition to putting your technical skills to the test, you'll learn firsthand how to collaborate, solve problems and implement creative design solutions for real stakeholders working in the industry today. These experiences, and the resulting portfolio work, can help you stand out in a highly competitive market.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, specific projections for growth in graphic design vary by industry.1 For example, jobs in web development and digital design are projected to grow 16% through 2032 — much faster than the average for all occupations.1

When it comes to web development and digital design, graphic designers play a major role in creating compelling, user-friendly experiences on both web and mobile environments. They must blend form and function to create layouts that are at once visually striking and easy to use.

With website development driving much of this job growth, graphic designers with a background in web design or user experience design may possess a more marketable skill set for today's employers.

Yes, graphic designers can work remotely. The responsibilities of a remote graphic designer, or one that is onsite, are ultimately the same. In addition to the chance to work at home, graphic designers also have the option to work in a number of different professional settings, such as studios, ad agencies and design firms.

You may have the option of working as a contractor, giving you additional flexibility with both remote and onsite work. Collaboration, however, is crucial in this profession, so you'll need to facilitate consistent communication with clients, stakeholders and fellow creatives throughout every project – whether in-person or through remote channels.

1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:

  • (viewed Apr. 19, 2024)

Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.