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.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
Penn Foster High School, Penn Foster Career School, and Penn Foster College have all met the high standards of integrity and performance set 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 Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
All Penn Foster programs are affiliated with DANTES, which qualifies U.S. military personnel for tuition reimbursement.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score
- Some programs may require 15 credits of general education prior to enrollment.