Bachelor of fine arts

Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program at AIU is designed to prepare students for diverse careers in design, encompassing both print and digital media. With a solid academic foundation, the program aligns with international graphic design education standards. The degree imparts essential skills geared towards individuals with a keen interest in creative careers like visual communication, multimedia and web design, digital technology, and design business management.

This comprehensive program covers the fundamental aspects of graphic design, emphasizing creativity, innovation, visual impact, synthesis, and aesthetics. It integrates technological, cultural, and business management elements, providing students with a well-rounded education. Embracing contemporary graphic design practices and broader design concepts, the program ensures students are equipped for the dynamic landscape of the design industry.

Furthermore, students gain valuable exposure to the professional world through an internship course and collaborating with various design companies. This experience equips them with the skills and insights needed for a successful career in the field.

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate of typical standard will be able to:

  • transform information into creative, conceptually graphic design solutions.
  • identifying and managing the creative relation between concept, practice, and means of communication.
  • relating the cultural, historical, and socioeconomic context of graphic design and its relationship to the community.
  • extend knowledge of a range of materials and techniques, tools, and methods to express the developing concepts.
  • integrate technology and digital media in graphic design processes.
  • demonstrate appropriate specialist skills and application of presentation skills, including illustration, animation, and graphic skills relevant to their design portfolio.

Collaborate effectively with others and relate to other professionals in multidisciplinary teams through professionalism in teamwork and self-management.

Suggested Degree Plan

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Career Opportunities

  • Graphic Designer​
  • Web Designer​
  • Creative Director​
  • Advertising Designer​
  • Brand Identity Designer​
  • Motion Graphics Designer​
  • Multimedia Designer​
  • Publication Designer​
  • Illustrator​
  • Wayfinding – Signage Designer​
  • Design Consultant​
  • Teacher or Education Specialist

Degree Requirements

The School of  Architecture and Design offers two majors: Graphic Design and Interior Design.

School of Architecture and Design Requirements 

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Graphic Design program must complete a minimum of 121 credits including satisfaction of all degree requirements of AIU. All coursework must be completed in accordance with the academic rules of AIU and those of the department.

General Education Requirements                           36 credits
School Core Requirements 24 credits
Major Requirements 61 credits

Total Credits Required for Degree                        121 credits

General Education Requirements

American International University has established seven competencies that form the foundation of the learning outcomes in our courses. Upon successful completion of the General Education program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Critical thinking
  • Effective communication
  • Ethical reasoning
  • Global self-awareness
  • Information literacy
  • Mathematical and scientific reasoning
  • Quantitative and IT Literacy

Required Graphic Design Courses

All Graphic Design students must complete the following courses. Students are responsible for observing all course prerequisites and limitations.

  • Intro to Visual Communication
  • Typography I
  • Graphic Design I
  •  Introduction to Animation
  • Illustration I 
  • Interactivity in Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Design II
  • Branding
  • History of Graphic Design
  •  Graphic Design III
  • Packaging Design
  • Information Design
  • Internship
  • Senior Design Project I
  • Senior Design Project II
  • ARD/ARH/GRD Elective (see list)
  • ARD/ARH/GRD Elective (see list)
  • Design Studio Elective (any ARD/GRD/IDE course)

Graphic Design Electives

  • Time-Based Art & Design
  • Intermediate Drawing
  • History of Modern Design I
  • Landscaping
  • History of Modern Design II
  • Twentieth Century Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Printmaking Techniques
  • Advertising Design
  • Web-Based Design
  • Publication Design
  • Graphic Design Portfolio
  • Advanced Typography
  • Interactivity
  • Special Topics
  • Directed Project in Graphic Design

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