Tap into your creative side and learn how to produce designs that inspire and influence with the online BA in Graphic Design and Media Arts from SNHU. Whether you dream of the fast pace of an agency, the rigors of a design firm or the independence of running your own shop, our online graphic design degree program will teach you how to translate your ideas through concept, design and digital media. Choose the general design and media arts track or focus your degree with our web design concentration.
Coursework in SNHU's online graphic design degree program is built around training you in aesthetics and creative problem solving using the latest technology, while also providing cultural and social context for the work you do. Have the creative vision but not yet familiar with today's design technology tools? Ramp up or refresh your graphic design software skills with the elective GRA 100: Introduction to Graphic Design Technology.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your bachelor's in graphic design and media arts at SNHU include:
Armed with a bachelor's in graphic design, you can work in a variety of corporate, government and nonprofit organizations or for yourself. Positions include:
A poster design created for a mock lecture series to show balance of design principles and topical information.
Student Art Exhibition: 1st Place in Print
This poster is one of a series that was created for a friend of mine who teaches economics at another university. The purpose of this poster series was to draw attention to and promote classes offered through the university's economics department.
Student Art Exhibition: 2nd Place in Print
The goal of this piece was to create an invitation for a fundraiser which should include an infographic with some statistics that would spark interest in the inside.
Student Art Exhibition: 2nd Place in Photography
I wanted to experiment and see if I could pull off some similar shots to what the professionals for publications like National Geographic can do. Jeremy received second place in the photography section of the SNHU Student Art Exhibition.
Student Art Exhibition: 1st Place in Photography
The goal was to visually show the impact of what Martin Luther King Jr. did in his time and how it is still impacting us in 2015. Johnathon received first place in the photography section of the SNHU Student Art Exhibition.
Student Art Exhibition: 2nd Place in Web Design
The website I created is used to inform the customer what we do and sell our service. Danielle received second place in the web design section of the SNHU Student Art Exhibition.
A fictional magazine cover for DYNAMIC magazine featuring Rammstein.
An example of a magazine cover created for a women's surfing magazine.
Informative poster for the Tahoe National Forest Conservation Organization to educate the public on the forests' vital role in drinking water availability.
Label and packaging design for Twist Sparkling Water.
Excerpts of a game day program made for semi-pro soccer team.
The online graphic design degree curriculum is taught by award-winning creative faculty while using the most advanced technology available. Enjoy small classes where feedback comes directly from instructors who understand the creative process. Learn more and view the work of our current students.
SNHU's bachelor's in graphic design and media arts program includes:
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:
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.
Total Credits: 120
Students enrolled in the Graphic Design and Media Arts programs (and associated concentrations) are responsible for ensuring they have the minimum system hardware, software, and photography equipment required in the courses in the program. System requirements often change, so it is important that students maintain awareness of the various minimum hardware requirements for the required software listed below.
The below computer specifications are recommended for students to meet the minimum system requirements of the software programs required for download in the program. Student discounts are available, your academic advisor will provide details.
Digital Camera (required in FAS-226, recommended for students to use throughout the program):
Please note that for students pursuing the BA in Digital Photography or the 3D Modeling and Animation concentration will need to be responsible for additional requirements.
Adobe Creative Cloud is required by all students in the Graphic Design and Media Arts program. Creative Cloud licenses are available at an educational discount directly through Adobe
Please note that Adobe’s terms and conditions require a full year contract for Creative Cloud.
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Southern New Hampshire University is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education as well as several other accrediting bodies.