Graphic Design is a universal mode of communication where designers transform concepts into informative and innovative visual compositions. The art of graphic design involves the comprehensive skill of projecting visual content to capture attention and to solve problems for professionals in branding, packaging, spatial design, publication design, typeface design, and more.
Students who pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design, offered by the College of Technology at Wilmington University, will discover how to use industry-leading tools to create innovative user experiences. Students will be able to deliver in both physical and virtual forms, including images, typography, and other graphic representations. Students will develop the necessary skills to become an in-demand visual thinker and communicator for any purpose, whether commercial, educational, cultural, or political.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2016), the projected growth for careers related to graphic design, from 2016 to 2026, is about as fast as the average for all occupations. "Projected growth will be due to increased demand for animation and visual effects in video games, movies, and television" (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016).
The Bachelor of Science Degree program in Graphic Design at Wilmington University shapes designers to think conceptually and apply technical skills in all forms of design practice. After completing this program, students will be prepared to pursue a variety of job opportunities such as Multimedia Designer, Logo Designer, Brand Identity Designer, Creative/Art Director, Photo Editing/Photoshop Artist, Layout Artist.
Students seeking a career in graphic design should be prepared to familiarize themselves with both Mac and Windows platforms.
Students completing the Graphic Design (B.S.) program will be able to:
Enhance your Degree with a Certificate
The College of Technology's digital media department, which is focused on giving students hands-on training and real-world skills across a multimedia platform, consists of five individual Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees: Game Design and Development, Graphic Design, Photography, Video and Film Production, and Web Design.
Each of these degree programs has been designed with three identifiable parts: Uniform First Year, Program Core, and 15 credits to be used towards a CoT Certificate. All students will begin their academic career with a uniform first year before they begin to focus on their selected degree core. After completion of the uniform first year, students will begin to enroll in their program core courses. Finally, students in each program will use 15 career-centered course credits towards earning a College of Technology Certificate as illustrated in the table below.
Uniform First Year
Video & Film
College of Technology Certificate Courses (options vary by program)
The Graphic Design program has set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for the following courses: DSN 308, DSN 335, DSN 401, DSN 410, and DSN 415. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any of these courses must retake the course.
Students in the Graphic Design B.S. degree program may choose an accelerated option with:
Students selecting this option can complete both their undergraduate degree and the graduate certificate by completing 120 credits (105 undergraduate credits and 15 graduate credits). The five graduate courses (15 credits) needed for the graduate certificate would count as five courses (15 credits) towards undergraduate electives in your degree.
Students who complete the Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate also receive the benefit of completing five graduate level courses that count towards a Master’s degree in Information Systems Technologies (MS-IST). Students selecting this option are not required to pursue the MS-IST degree.
Admission requirements include:
Note: Students will not be eligible to register for graduate level courses until they have successfully completed at least 60 credits towards their bachelor’s degree and have an approved AOI form. Students must receive their B.S. degree in order to receive the graduate certificate.
Minimum Grade Policy: Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses in order to earn the certificate.
ANI 201 Fundamentals of Motion Graphics
DSN 105 Visual Communication
DSN 121 Basic InDesign
DSN 210 Basic Photoshop
DSN 220 Concept Development
DSN 235 Vector Drawing
DSN 300 Design for Marketing
DSN 306 Principles of Color Theory
DSN 307 Intermediate InDesign
DSN 308 Illustration
DSN 315 Typography
DSN 318 Portfolio Production
DSN 335 Advanced Vector Drawing
DSN 401 Advanced InDesign
DSN 410 Advanced Photoshop
DSN 415 Package Design
DSN 487 Senior Project
DSN 490 Internship
TEC 215 Basic Photography
TEC 325 Business of Freelancing
VFP 313 Aesthetics of Film
COM 300 Communication Theory
CTA 210 Computer Science
DSN 094 Technology Orientation
DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 310 Research Writing
ENG 360 Creative Writing
HIS 230 History of Art and Design
HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SCI Natural Science
Students should choose a College of Technology certificate to fulfill this elective core. If not pursuing a College of Technology Certificate, students may choose from the following undergraduate College of Technology courses to fulfill their electives: ANI, CSC, DFM, DSN, GMD, ISM, MKR, SEC, TEC, UAV, VFP, VFX. Selecting an elective outside of this list will require approval of the Program Chair.
The certificate requires 15 graduate credits. Students will complete IST 7060 and four of the six IPM courses listed. Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to earn the certificate.
IST 7060 Project and Change Management
IPM 6000 IT/IS Project Scope Development and Management
IPM 6010 IT/IS Project Scheduling
IPM 6030 IT/IS Project Risk Management
IPM 6040 IT/IS Project Quality Management
IPM 6050 Agile Project Management
IPM 6090 Special Topics in IT/IS Project Management
In order to provide relevant work experience, students in the Graphic Design (B.S.) degree program have the option of completing six credit hours via a co-op assignment. The co-op option for Graphic Design is the equivalent of two semester courses, for a total of six credit hours. Students may complete their Graphic Design degree with 120 credit hours, whether they choose the co-op option or not. Because each co-op experience is individually designed, students must contact the Office of Work-Integrated Learning and the Graphic Design Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment.
The co-op option is an alternative to the VFP 313 – Aesthetics of Film and DSN 490 – Internship. Each co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must first have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: http://www.wilmu.edu/coel/work-integrated-learning.aspx
A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate's degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.
Note that a minimum of 120 combined credits are needed to satisfy the Completion Degree requirements, including both transfer credits and credits earned at Wilmington University.
The Graphic Design completion degree program has set a minimum passing grade of “C-” for the following courses: DSN 308, DSN 335, DSN 401, DSN 410, and DSN 415. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any of these courses must retake the course.
CSC 370 User-Centered Design
VFP 313 and DSN 490 may be completed as Co-Ops. Students must notify the Office of Work-Integrated Learning at least one semester in advance.
The following courses are prerequisites for the Web Design Completion Degree:
DSN 094 Technology Orientation (0 credit)
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2019-2020 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2019 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.