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Graphic Design

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What is Graphic Design?

Graphic Design is the art of communicating visually with an audience through images, words, and ideas. Negotiating the challenges at the intersection of traditional craft and rapidly evolving communication technologies, our major will prepare you to affect positive change in contemporary social and cultural systems. Your coursework will address graphic design fundamentals (typography, critical thinking, and image making), design history and contemporary practices, research methods, user experience, and social responsibility. You must submit a portfolio before being accepted into this program.

Career Options

  • Advertising
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Multimedia design
  • Publications design
  • User interface/user experience design
  • Web design

Post-Graduation Success1

90% employed or continuing education

87% employed after graduation

3% attending graduate school

$68,103 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Solstice, The Walt Disney Company, Xaxis

Sample grad school destinations: Northwestern University, Art Center College of Design

Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 30 ACT Score

1180 - 1390 SAT Score

3.05 - 3.67 High School GPA

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,008
  • Total: $32,616

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $30,210
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $49,526

International

  • Tuition: $31,084
  • Fees: $3,968
  • Expenses3: $15,348
  • Total: $50,400
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