University of Maryland Global Campus's Bachelor of Arts in graphic communication is a portfolio-intensive program that can help you master the skills and technology to compete in today's rapidly changing visual arts and communication environment. With a graphic design degree, along with an updated portfolio aimed toward your ideal clients, you can apply your creative streak toward a career in business, government, or industry as a graphic designer, manager, or communications specialist.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2020–2021 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

About the Graphic Communication Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Produce effective visual communications by applying principles of composition, layout, color theory, and context
  • Plan, design, and create interactive solutions, such as user interfaces, motion graphics, mobile applications, and web designs
  • Use professional, analytical, collaborative, and technical design skills to support team goals, roles, and responsibilities
  • Define and direct creative strategy in a business environment by combining scope, messaging, and evaluation of success in an overarching design campaign

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Create a portfolio to demonstrate work to potential employers
  • Develop a business plan for a communication arts business

Graphic Communication Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • GRCO 100
  • ARTT 110
  • ARTT 120
  • ARTT 210
  • GRCO 230
  • GRCO 350
  • GRCO 354
  • GRCO 355
  • GRCO 450
  • GRCO 479
  • GRCO 495

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a graphic design or communication management career in business, government, or industry. It is intended to provide you with a complete professional portfolio to work in the graphic communication field in areas such as graphic design, communication design, freelance graphic design, and art direction.