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Bachelor's DegreeGraphic Design: Major in Visual Communications

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Online Photoshop Classes, Indesign Training, Adobe Illustrator TrainingThe visual communications industry is an exciting, innovative and creative field. The Westwood College bachelor's degree program in graphic design: major in visual communications is designed to offer you the skills you need to prepare you for jobs in print and media. Through the creation of layouts, using industry-relevant software, you'll learn the skills necessary to start your career in visual communications. You can choose to participate in this program on one of our campuses or online.

Program features include:

  • courses that help prepare you for Adobe® certificates*, such as InDesign®, Illustrator®, Dreamweaver®, and Photoshop®
  • training in a wide range of design topics, including web design, page layout and packaging design
  • a final student portfolio in print, digital and web formats to demonstrate your skills to potential employers
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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: major in visual communications degree opens up a world of possibilities. Course topics include:

    • Print Production
    • Digital Color Theory 
    • Advanced Illustration
    • Advanced Image Editing
    • Packaging Graphic Design
    • Fundamentals of Web Design

    Course breakdown

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

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

    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

    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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    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: Major in Visual Communications degree take you?

    Our graphic design: major in visual communications program provides the educational background and hands-on experience necessary to successfully begin a career in visual communications. 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 with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design: major in visual communications from Westwood College.*

    • Graphic design
    • Image editing
    • Print production
    *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.

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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 has been taught.

    The list of SOC codes is based on Department of Education standards pulled from IPEDS CIP-SOC crosswalk.  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. Actual entry-level jobs for graduates in each program may vary.