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.

The Communications Core Requirements:

  • COMM 121 Visual Communication
  • COMM 122 Media Writing Bootcamp
  • COMM 124 Media, Messages, & Society

Graphic Design Requirements:

Students may pursue a design concentration focusing on print, web, and/or multimedia design.

The following three studio art courses:

  • ART 111 Introduction to Studio Art: Drawing
  • ART 112 Introduction to Studio Art: Color
  • COMM/ART 138 The Poetry of Photography

Plus one of the following courses to satisfy the art history requirement:

  • ART 141 Introduction to Art History: Egypt to Mannerism
  • ART 142 Introduction to Art History: Baroque to the 20th Century
  • Design History courses offered elsewhere with consent of design advisor.

Please note: requirements outside the Communications Department may be taken concurrently with the core requirements

Communications Core plus four required courses:

  • COMM 210 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • COMM 240 Intermediate Graphic Design I: Typography
  • COMM 248 Intermediate Graphic Design II: Type and Image
  • COMM 340 Advanced Design

Two electives, at least one must be at the 300-level

  • COMM 244 Web Design
  • COMM 246 Digital Imaging for Design
  • COMM 262 Media Convergence
  • COMM 320 Media and the First Amendment
  • COMM 323 Digital Cultures: Communication and Social Media
  • COMM 328 Special Topics (when appropriate)
  • COMM 333 Web II

Senior Seminar/Storytelling (Capstone Experience)

Independent Learning Options (Capstone Experiences)

  • COMM 350 Independent Study
  • COMM 370 Internship
  • COMM 380 Field Experience
  • COMM 390 Studio Five: A Communications Workplace


  • COMM 121: Visual Communications
  • COMM 210: Introduction to Graphic Design
  • COMM 240: Intermediate Graphic Design I: Typography

Electives for Art Majors (select 2):

  • COMM 244 Web Design
  • COMM 246 Digital Imaging
  • COMM 248 Intermediate Graphic Design II: Type and Image
  • COMM 262 Media Convergence
  • COMM 328 Special Topics (when appropriate)
  • COMM 333 Web II
  • COMM 340 Advanced Design

Electives for Non-Art Majors

Select one:

  • COMM/ART 138 The Poetry of Photography or
  • COMM/ART 139 Color Photography CSI

Select one:

  • ART 215 Screen Printing or
  • ART 216 Screen Printing & Propaganda or
  • COMM 246 Digital Imaging

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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