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Graphic Design

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What is Graphic Design?

Graphic Design is the art of communicating with an audience through images, words, and ideas. You will address challenges as traditional craft and evolving communication technologies overlap. Our major will prepare you to affect positive change in contemporary social and cultural systems. Your coursework will address graphic design fundamentals like:

  • Typography
  • Critical thinking
  • Image making
  • Design history and contemporary practices
  • Research methods
  • User experience
  • 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

92% employed or continuing education

86% employed after graduation

6% attending graduate school

$76,522 average starting annual income

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Academic Profile Middle 50% 2

25 - 31 ACT score

1190 - 1400 SAT score

3.12 - 3.73 high school GPA

Graduation & Retention3

4.0 years to degree

89% freshman retention rate

63% four-year graduation rate

77% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $13,640
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,180
  • Total: $32,994

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $30,782
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $50,476

International

  • Tuition: $31,656
  • Fees: $4,174
  • Expenses4: $15,520
  • Total: $51,350
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