Graphic Design – AS Degree
Penn Foster College

Program Details

The Graphic Design – AS Degree* offered by Penn Foster College consists of four semesters. Over the course of the program students learn corporate design, color theory, multimedia development, and electronic publishing. Students are taught valuable skills in design, production, formatting, creating illustrations using Adobe Illustrator, and web design.

Penn Foster equips students with standard graphic design software used by design professionals in order for students to complete the assignments. During the program, students study proper layout techniques, transforming techniques, working with layers, and image editing. An important skill to have honed when working as a graphic designer is to be well versed in typography. Graphic designers work with all sorts of typefaces, relying on their visual perception to create balanced and aesthetically pleasing designs. Students may also work with applications such as Dreamweaver, adding animation and graphics to web pages. The final semester includes the students creating a portfolio. In their electronic portfolio, students can store self-made logos, graphic creations and even brochures for later use.

Graphic design is an ever-growing and changing field where students have the opportunity to work for a design company or start their own graphic design business.

*Residents of Minnesota will receive the Associate of Applied Science upon completing this program.


  • Have a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent
  • Some programs may require 15 credits of general education prior to enrollment

School Accreditation Statement

Penn Foster College is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.

Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.