School of Graphic Design

Learn to use the visual currency that defines our contemporary world. As a student in the School of Graphic Design, you’ll be mentored by faculty members with years of graphic design experience working with brand-name companies and strong ties to the overall industry (AIGA). Using the latest technologies, you will create a well-rounded portfolio that includes branding, experience design, motion design, packaging, and print. You’ll also experience being part of a real design agency, learn to cultivate strong problem-solving skills, and gain an appreciation for how sustainability affects design.

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Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Our online programs are purpose-built to deliver art and design courses. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes. Find Out More

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As a student in the School of Graphic Design, our professional instructors help you develop your innovation, critical thinking, visual literacy, conceptual problem solving, and technical skills to create a competitive portfolio to help you secure the job that you want.

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Our faculty makes the difference. They are graphic design industry veterans who help bridge the needs of the industry with the curriculum and experience our students get.

Student Success

Five Keys Logo Re-Branding

Non-profit organization Five Keys gives transitional-aged youth and adults a chance at a fresh start through their accredited charter schools. In turn, Graphic Design students from the Academy gave them a fresh start by re-branding their logo. Student Celina Oh even took on an internship to help Five Keys with their brand integration efforts.

Alumni Success

Industry Partnership

Adobe Systems

In a collaborative effort between Adobe Systems and Academy of Art University, students Julia Lemke and Michael Taylor were asked to develop the concept and visuals for the Adobe Creative Cloud educational campaign with the guidance of Tolleson Design Creative Director (and Academy alum) Jamie Calderon.

Careers in Graphic Design

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University graphic design graduates have a range of opportunities to choose from. Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed in this exciting industry. VIEW ALL CAREERS

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