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Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program at the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design begins with a strong foundation in design principles and digital technologies, then progresses to more specialized courses in graphic design. Students study current design industry practices and engage in a dialogue about the role of design in contemporary society, culture and business, culminating in a two-semester thesis project in their senior year. Graphic design students focus on developing skills to communicate visual messages and brand strategies in diverse media formats, which include print, web, motion and mobile devices.

What can I expect to learn in the Graphic Design program at GW?

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program begins with a strong foundation in design principles and digital technologies, then progresses to more specialized courses in graphic design.

What is the Graphic Design community like at GW?

Students are taught current design industry practices and will engage in a dialogue about the role of design in contemporary society, culture and business, culminating in a two-semester thesis project in their senior year.

What is the Graphic Design learning community like at GW?

Intimate classroom settings and detailed, critical feedback provide graphic design students with the conceptual, technological and communication tools to excel as working professionals in the fast-paced and competitive design industry. 

What can I do in the Graphic Design field?

Graduates of our Graphic Design, Exhibition Design, and Interaction Design programs go on to secure positions in fields ranging from museums and media companies to news outlets and creative firms and institutions. Utilizing the academic, technical and real-world design skills they garner while at the Corcoran, graduates pursue employment in a variety of unique career paths and have obtained full-time positions at established companies such as Apple, Harper's Bazaar, National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institution, the Daily Beast and Discovery Communications.