Associate in Applied Science Degree
Graphic Design

Learn a combination of fine art skills, technical knowledge, and theory in both art and design history provide a foundation to create effective visual communications pieces produced for the print industry. Key components to design include manipulating graphics, styling text, and arranging visual elements.


Your future as you get a start on your professional portfolio while completing an internship in anywhere from a small design studio to a large corporation. Practitioner faculty bring invaluable industry knowledge to the classroom, and there are numerous opportunities for fine art enrichment through workshops and lectures led by guest artists, as well as open studio hours.

Please view the Graphic Arts course list for details on the curriculum.

Prepare to coordinate text and image that demonstrate two-dimensional visual solutions.

  • Apply the principles of design to text, imagery, and layouts.
  • Learn and utilize industry-based software.
  • Analyze and organize information to design complex multi-page documents and effective visual communications.
  • Create digital documents that demonstrate knowledge of industry standards to facilitate prepress, printing, binding, and finishing services.
Career Opportunities
  • Marketing Manager
  • Marketing Assistant
  • Design Technician
  • Fine Arts Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Ad Director
  • Art Assistant
  • Graphic Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Production Manager
  • Freelance Designer Typesetter
  • Layout Designer
  • Prepress Artist Technical Assistant

Robert Morris University Illinois is a private, not-for-profit associate, baccalaureate, and master's degree-granting institution, accredited by the Higher learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (230 South LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604, 312.263.0456) and authorized by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza Suite 333, Springfield, Illinois 62701-1377, 217.782.2551, IBHE Feedback). Robert Morris serves over 4500 students interested in getting an education that meets the demands of today's business, graphic arts, health care, culinary and technical world at its main campus in Chicago as well as at locations in Arlington Heights, DuPage, Elgin, Orland Park, Schaumburg, Springfield, Peoria and Lake County.