Bachelor of fine arts

Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Graphic Design deals with visual communications - the interaction of words and images to inform, educate, persuade, or advocate. It seeks to inform, educate, persuade, and advocate through the interaction of words and images.

The objective of the Graphic Design Program at American International University is to enable students to become innovative, intelligent, and responsible designers. AIU's program educates students to think broadly about design, to focus on the informational and problem-solving nature of graphic design, and to visualize their design ideas. Graduates of the program are prepared to tackle a wide variety of career opportunities in design. These include areas such as publication design, exhibition design, multimedia design, instructional material design, package design, web page design, and architectural signage. The program will cover the following areas of study:

  • Information Design;
  • Address situations through concepts skills and methodologies, to be innovative designers that impacts others’ lives;
  • User-based design where students learn to design for people through human interaction;
  • To discover the world around them and innovatively communicate those ideas in creative ways;
  • An interdisciplinary and collaborative endeavor.

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Graphic Design Degree Plan


What can I do with my major?

Career Opportunities

  • Advertising Art Director
  • Animator
  • Artworker
  • Creative Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Printmaker
  • Production Designer, Theatre/Television/Film

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 course work must be completed in accordance with the academic rules of AIU and those of the department.

General Education Requirements 37 credits
School Core Requirements 18 credits
Major Requirements 66 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.

  • Drawing I
  • Surface Studio
  • Space Studio
  • Time Studio
  • Design Process
  • Introduction to Typography: Skills and Concepts
  • Introduction to Graphic Design: Skills and Concepts
  • Typography
  • Graphic Design I: Principles and Problem Solving
  • Introduction to interactivity in Graphic Arts
  • Introduction to Illustration
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design II: Word, Image, and Visual Organization
  • Professional Practice
  • Intermediate Illustration
  • Graphic Design III: Complexity and Variety in Design
  • Senior Studio
  • Field Study: Internship
  • History of Modern Design I
  • Art/Design Electives

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