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Graphic Design - AA

The two-year Associate‘s Degree in Graphic Design program offers a variety of courses in the aesthetic, technical, and theoretical aspects of graphic design. Those who complete the two-year program are eligible to transfer to the UDC Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, provided they successfully pass the portfolio review and maintain a ―B‖ average in all major courses.

Courses are taught in labs with up-to-date technology and cover the major areas of the graphic design field, including illustration, logo design, web design, and animation. Students are prepared with solid skills in conceptual thinking, drawing, color theory, art and design history, as well as knowledge of the computer programs essential to success in the field. The program gives students the opportunity to merge imagination with technique to produce cutting-edge design work.

Graduates pursue professional opportunities in various design disciplines. A degree in graphic design is the first step to a career in art direction, web design, publication design, illustration, animation, or any number of disciplines in communication design. All core courses are held at the Van Ness campus, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

On completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of fundamental design principles; the use of line, shape, color, value, texture, and space
  • Demonstrate a flexibility to adapt to changing design trends.
  • Establish solid conceptual thinking and critical reasoning skills.
  • Illustrate an aptitude of industry-standard technological skills and graphic design as an art form.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the art & design history that preceded and influenced the contemporary design world.

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Admission Deadlines

Fall - May 15
Spring - October 15
Summer - April 15

International Applicant Deadlines

Fall - April 15
Spring - September 15
Summer - March 15


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