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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Graphic Design Overview

The graphic design program at SMWC is crafted with a focus on clear communication while using skills in problem-solving. Our program emphasizes the development of critical thinking, allowing you to approach design challenges with confidence and creativity. Students have access to state-of-the-art software and equipment, allowing them to explore and experiment with various techniques and styles. Our degree programs provide the needed flexibility to fit your schedule and lead you to the career path of your dreams. With help and guidance from your professional advisor, you can mix and match majors and minors to get the right course path for your career goals.

With courses in studio arts, photography and more, you’ll see creative points of view, you’ll gain unique skills to fuel your imagination in the world. With 51 credit hours, students will learn about historical art techniques while conducting modern design methods in class. In addition to being prepared by using standard computer software, students gain a foundation in visual arts, which combines art and design processes.


What is graphic design?
Graphic design combines text and visuals to create images, advertisements and more. Graphic design is often associated with print shops and marketing.

Why get a degree in graphic design?
In addition to its liberal arts foundation, SMWC gives students a one-of-a-kind experience through unique perspectives and design concepts. Students leave SMWC with a full portfolio of high-quality work from their courses.

What can you do with a degree in graphic design?
There are several careers you can pursue after earning your degree in graphic design. Here are some careers you can have with a graphic design degree:

  • Art Director
  • Brand Identity Designer
  • Creative Designer
  • Design Director
  • Editorial Designer
  • Environmental Wayfinding Designer
  • Freelance Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Information Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Surface Designer
  • Web Designer

Check out our blog: 12 careers you can have with a graphic design degree

What is the average annual salary for someone with a graphic design degree?
Although the employment of graphic designers is projected to grow three percent from 2021 to 2031, there are over 20,000 openings for graphic designers on a yearly basis. The average annual wage for a graduate with a degree in graphic arts is $59,501, according to

What support and resources and support are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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