Graphic Design

By strengthening your visual intelligence, you'll cultivate the artistry you need to create compelling and impactful messages.

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Meaningful graphic design is critical to how we create and interpret meaning in messages

Our students are immersed in print, web, and multimedia design, applying their advanced skills to hands-on projects and internships. You'll hone your skills in modern design software while developing branding strategies, web sites, magazine layouts and more.

You'll incorporate other communications disciplines like media arts and journalism in their coursework. That versatility sets our students apart — employers know Simmons graduates understand the bigger picture and can contribute to any creative team from day one.

With highly competitive design skills, you'll find interesting and creative internships in places ranging from Boston Children's Hospital to State Street. Our students not only excel in the technical and creative areas, but additionally understand the meaning making practices that afford them a competitive edge.

Required for all Graphic Design Minors:

COMM 121 Visual Communication 4
COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design 4
COMM 240 Typography 4

Electives for Art Majors (select 2):

COMM 244 Web Design 4
COMM 246 Digital Imaging for Design 4
COMM 248 Type and Image 4
COMM 262 Media Convergence 4
COMM 328 Special Topics in Communications 4
COMM 333 Responsive Design 4
COMM 340 Advanced Design 4

COMM 328: when appropriate

Electives for Non-Art Majors

Choose one:

COMM 138 The Poetry of Photography 4
COMM 139 Color Photography CSI 4

Choose one:

ART 215 Screen Printing 4
ART 216 Screen Printing and Propaganda 4
COMM 246 Digital Imaging for Design 4

The study of Graphic Design can be pursued with a concentration in print, web, multimedia or a combination of those fields. We encourage our students to augment their required courses with in-depth study in the liberal arts and additional courses in the major. Dual-degrees, interdisciplinary programs and a wide range of minors are also available. Each student works with an advisor to develop a coherent course program that will meet their educational goals.

A minor in Graphic Design is also available. 

Internships are a key component of the Graphic Design program. In a cultural center like Boston, there are a myriad of opportunities to build your skills, resume, and networking relationships with organizations in the city and beyond. Recent internship placements include Harvard Medical School and State Street. 

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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