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Designers plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communications problems. They decide the most effective way of visually communicating messages in print, online and digital media. Students in graphic design degree programs learn the principles and techniques of working with color, type, illustration, photography, animation, and various print and computer layout techniques. Graduates are in demand for positions such as publication designer, web page and multimedia designer illustrator, animator and art director.
One of the most dramatic success stories in this dynamic profession is that of Chad Hurley, who worked as a graphic designer before co-founding YouTube, the popular video website.
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the employment picture for graphic designers is bright:
Of all design occupations, graphic designers will have the most job opportunities through 2014.
About 3 out of 10 designers are self-employed; many do freelance work in addition to holding a salaried job in design or in another occupation.
An Associate's or Bachelor's degree in graphic design can qualify you to take advantage of this growing demand. Our select online programs are ideal for working adults who need maximum scheduling flexibility and want to complete their degrees in less time than is usually required for on-campus programs.
If you want to start or accelerate your career in design, explore the online programs below and request more information from our accredited colleges and universities today.
What type of career can you pursue with a design degree?
Our Illustration Department combines the conceptual, technical and business skills you'll need to be a successful visual storyteller.