Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)

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Develop your individual unique talents

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)Class sizes are kept small so that students can work closely with their professors to explore their creativity while developing skills in graphic design, digital photography, illustration, video production and motion graphics – while learning how to design in multiple media including print, Web, interactive and social media.

Employment opportunities after graduation

Our graduates are employed in the high-demand fileds in graphic communication and media design at corporations, government agencies, design studios, advertising agencies, book magazine and newspaper publishers, web and mobile app developers, exhibit design and video and motion graphic production companies. Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)

Many of our graduates continue our program’s mission of designing for change by pursuing careers with national and international nonprofit organizations dedicated to the betterment of environment, social justice, and cultural and historic preservation.

Some of our entrepreneurial spirited graduates have started their own very successful, design firms, advertising agencies, and web development companies.

What alumni are saying:

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“Being the art director of both The Banner, Marymount University’s Student Newspaper and BlueInk, Marymount University’s Student Literary Arts Magazine has taught me how to lead a team and communicate effectively with others. Being within this diverse community has helped myself and others prepare to work in our future workforce.” – Alexandra Rivera, class of 2021

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“Graphic and media design courses at Marymount focus on teaching students about new technologies and the importance of digital media in the field of design. With the help of professors who reacted fast (during COVID-19 restrictions) to the needs of online students, I was able to continue and finish my degree from Guatemala.”– Isabella Palomo, class of 2021

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“I’ve worked closely with my professors on real client projects which broadened my skills in illustration, videography and photography and enabled me to receive two graphic design internships at Graphek Graphic Design Studio and at the Air and Space Museum.”  – Sara Elbayya, class of 2018

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“My experience as a Graphic Design Intern for Monumental Sports & Entertainment was very beneficial as I was able to work with many diverse mediums and further understand the tangibility of design when applied to real world settings”. – Emily Bielen class of 2018

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“I was comfortable working with real clients and handling multiple deadlines before I even graduated. As a result, finding an internship abroad and a job so soon after graduation was possible.

Being a part of the Honors Program I was able to create independent course work one-on-one with design professors. My senior thesis was a great topic of conversation and unique resume builder when I began my job search.” – Leah Morrison, class of 2015

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“I was constantly pushed by my professors to think outside the box when it comes to designing. This helped to prepare me for my internship at Discovery Communications” – Danielle Baker, class of 2016

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“The professors happily share their wealth of knowledge from decades of industry experience and are really the heartbeat of the program.” Shawn Preston, class of 2015

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“While studying abroad in London I was able to make indispensable connections with designers and creative minds from all over the world.”  – Amanda Ghobadi, class of 2016

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“My degree equipped me with the necessary tools to apply my previous military work experience to a new set of skills allowing a fluid transition into a new career as a media specialist.”  – April Evans, class of 2015
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“Minoring in philosophy, taught me ethics and morals relevant to the field of design.”  – Jennifer Wong, class of 2016  

Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)“Knowing and understanding the principles of design I learned keeps me grounded and able to create no matter what type of design.” – Victoria Meyers, class of 2013, M.F.A. Exhibit Design 2016

“Upon graduation I founded a web multimedia, exhibit, and interactive Graphic and Media Design (B.A.)design studio, completed my MFA in Film & Electronic Media at American University, and now work as a filmmaker for the National Park Service. Not only was I prepared with the skills I needed to be successful, my desire to have a positive impact and make a difference through my work.”  – Sarah Gulick, class of 2005, M.F.A. Film and Electronic Media 2013

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Required Coursework

  • GMD 202 – Illustration I
  • GMD 205 – Video Production: Promotional and Informational Communication
  • GMD 231 – Intro to UX/UI Design
  • GMD 255 – Typography
  • GMD 305 – Publication Design
  • GMD 308 – Web and Social Media Design
  • GMD 360 – Communication and Design Studio
  • GMD 400 – Internship
  • VIS 101 – User Centered Design
  • VIS 111 – Intro to Color and Design
  • VIS 112 – Drawing I
  • VIS 121 – Intro to Digital Tools
  • VIS 224 – Digital Publishing
  • VIS 225 – Digital Photography
  • VIS 327 – Portfolio

Graphic and Media Design History

Select one (1) course, choosing from the following:
  • GMD 301 – History of Graphic Design
  • VIS 204 – History of Modern Design


Select two (2) courses, choosing from the following:
  • COMM 209 – Contemporary Journalism
  • COMM 302 – Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques
  • COMM 307 – Broadcast Writing and Delivery
  • COMM 315 – Writing for Digital Media
  • EN 235 – Digital Narrative Storytelling