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Online Graphic Design Courses, Graphic Design School at Westwood CollegeGraphic designers use knowledge of fine art, marketing and computer software to visually communicate an idea or message. As a Westwood College graphic design student, you will learn the skills needed to become a successful graphic designer through a variety of projects. You'll create a professional portfolio that will help you stand out when interviewing with employers. You can also work on your education from the comfort of your home by choosing to earn a graphic design online degree from Westwood College.

Program features include:

  • a final student portfolio to demonstrate your skills to potential employers
  • instruction in effective page layout, web design, image editing, print production and digital design skills
  • courses that help prepare you for industry-relevant Adobe certificates* such as InDesign®, Illustrator®, Dreamweaver® and Photoshop®
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*Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.

  • Course Info

    A graphic design degree opens up a world of possibilities. Course topics include:

    • Drawing and Perspective
    • Fundamentals of Digital Illustration
    • Fundamentals of Web Design
    • Audio-Video
    • Digital Photography
    • Image Editing 

    Course breakdown

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    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

    • Create professional quality visual design compositions
    • Use various drawing techniques to illustrate the design process
    • Develop effective sequential art and interactive media
    • Validate that design projects meet ethical, copyrighted and fair use guidelines

    Locations offering this degree:*

    California
    Anaheim Campus - Anaheim, CA
    Inland Empire Campus - Upland, CA
    Los Angeles Campus - Los Angeles, CA
    South Bay Campus - Torrance, CA

    Georgia
    Atlanta Midtown Campus - Atlanta, GA
    Atlanta Northlake Campus - Atlanta, GA

    Illinois
    DuPage Campus - Woodridge, IL
    Chicago Loop Campus - Chicago, IL
    O'Hare Airport Campus - Chicago, IL
    River Oaks Campus - Calumet City, IL

    Colorado
    Denver North Campus - Denver, CO
    Denver South Campus - Denver, CO

    Virginia
    Annandale Campus - Annandale, VA
    Arlington Ballston Campus - Arlington, VA

    Online
    Online Campus

    *Not all programs are offered every term. Check with the campus of interest for current program offerings.

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    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Careers

    Where could your Graphic Design Degree take you?

    Our graphic design program provides the educational background and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career in graphic design. Our faculty of professionals with experience in their fields will provide you with the knowledge, training and insight that you’ll use in your career. Take a look at a few of the career fields that may be available to graduates of this program:*

    • Graphic design
    • Image Editing
    • Multi-media art and animation
    *Graduates without experience in the field will likely start in entry-level positions. Westwood College does not guarantee employment or salary.  Please refer to westwood.edu/disclosures for important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as information about median loan debt and potential occupations from the Department of Education. Westwood prepares graduates for certification. Graduates wishing to attain certification must take and pass any applicable test/exams.

    Request More Information

    Our graduates receive hands-on, career-focused training. Don't wait another day; start transforming your life into the one you've always wanted.

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    Did You Know?

    Our fast-track approach can help you earn your associate degree in as little as 17 months or your bachelor's degree in as little as three years.

  • Employers

    Westwood has prepared our Graphic Design graduates for careers with employers such as: 

    • Chandler's Design
    • Chicago's Finest Production
    • HLite Manufacturing
    • Insight Global
    • MadMedia Designz
    • Monitor Productions
    • Photo Graphic Harmony
    • Ricoh USA
    • Walker Bay Theater
    • WPWX-FM Radio

    Westwood College tracks the initial employers of its graduates for accreditation purposes. This list represents a partial list of employers of graduates from this program, drawn from across the Westwood campus system, and contains employers of Westwood College graduates from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013. It is not intended to represent an endorsement of Westwood College by the listed employers.

    Comprehensive employment information for graduates from each campus is available.
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  • Graduate Outcomes

    For important information about our programs, including salary information, job titles and employers of our graduates, as well as median loan debt and potential occupations listed by the Department of Education, select the link below related to the campus in which you are interested.

    For recently-added programs where there are no graduates yet, not all data is available  Additional information from those programs will be included in future releases. Data is included for any of the listed campuses where the program was taught.

    The list of SOC codes is based on Department of Education standards. Actual entry-level jobs for graduates in each program may vary. Job codes were pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk as of November 30, 2013. While the Department of Education requires all job titles to be listed, Westwood College has not found that our programs prepare graduates for all job titles listed.