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Online Bachelor's Degree

Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication
Bachelor of Arts
  • 120 credits
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $250 per credit
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Make your mark in graphic communication, a major that allows you to get paid for your creativity.

Master skills and technology to compete in today's rapidly changing visual arts environment with an online graphic communication bachelor’s degree from University of Maryland Global Campus. With this degree—and an updated portfolio aimed at your ideal clients—you can utilize your creative streak as a graphic designer, project manager, or creative director. The curriculum, designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars, combines theories with real-world applications and practical skills, so you can apply the skills you learn in your career right away.

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses: 33 Credits

  • (3 Credits, GRCO 100)
  • (3 Credits, ARTT 110)
  • (3 Credits, ARTT 120)
  • (3 Credits, ARTT 210)
  • (3 Credits, GRCO 230)
  • (3 Credits, GRCO 350)
  • (3 Credits, GRCO 354)
  • (3 Credits, GRCO 355)
  • (3 Credits, GRCO 450)
  • (3 Credits, GRCO 479)
  • (3 Credits, GRCO 495)

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.

This is our recommended course sequence to progress through this program. You may take multiple courses simultaneously, up to your course load limit. You cannot take a prerequisite with its subsequent course during the same session. Your plan will be unique and dependent on multiple factors, including the number of credits you transfer to this program. Contact an advisor if you have any questions about this plan, course alternatives, or your course load limit.

Sequence Course Requirement(s) Fulfilled
1 (1 Credit, LIBS 150) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
2 (3 Credits, PACE 111C) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
3 (3 Credits, WRTG 111) General Education: Communication
4 (3 Credits, CMST 301) General Education: Research & Computing Literacy
5 (3 Credits, NUTR 100) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
6 (3 Credits, GRCO 100) Major
7 (3 Credits, SPCH 100) General Education: Communication
8 (3 Credits, MATH 105) General Education: Math
9 (3 Credits, WRTG 112) General Education: Communication
10 (3 Credits, ARTT 110) Major
11 (3 Credits, HUMN 100) General Education: Arts & Humanities
12 (4 Credits, BIOL 103) General Education: Biological & Physical Sciences
13 (3 Credits, BEHS 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
14 (3 Credits, ARTH 375) General Education: Arts & Humanities
15 3-credit elective course Elective
16 (3 Credits, ECON 103) General Education: Behavioral & Social Sciences
17 (3 Credits, ARTT 120) Major
18 3-credit elective course Elective
19 (3 Credits, ARTT 210) Major
20 3-credit elective course Elective
21 (3 Credits, GRCO 230) Major
22 3-credit elective course Elective
23 (3 Credits, GRCO 350) Major
24 (3 Credits, WRTG 391) General Education: Communication
25 3-credit elective course Elective
26 (3 Credits, GRCO 354) Major
27 3-credit elective course Elective
28 3-credit elective course Elective
29 (3 Credits, GRCO 355) Major
30 3-credit elective course Elective
31 3-credit elective course Elective
32 (3 Credits, GRCO 450) Major
33 3-credit elective course Elective
34 3-credit elective course Elective
35 (3 Credits, GRCO 479) Major
36 3-credit elective course Elective
37 3-credit elective course Elective
38 3-credit elective course Elective
39 3-credit elective course Elective
40 (3 Credits, GRCO 495) Major
41 1-credit elective course Elective

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2023–2024 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each bachelor’s degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all bachelor’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

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.

Best Job
Graphic designers rank high in upward mobility and opportunities for growth and advancement.
Source: U.S. News and World Report | "Graphic Designer: Overview" | 2020
Hiring Managers
More than 80 percent of hiring managers find ePortfolios useful when evaluating recent graduates.
Source: Association of American Colleges and Universities

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