Program Overview

Today’s digital age creates a need for persons who can utilize technology to turn ideas into realities both online and offline. As the field’s technology expands and more of daily life becomes dependent on this technology, this need for persons who are both technologically savvy as well as creatively insightful will only grow. The Bachelor’s degree program in Graphic Communication (GC) at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) provides students with the foundational skills needed to succeed in this growing sector.

UMUC’s GC program is a portfolio-intensive program designed to prepare students for the workplace. Courses emphasize building the skills and using the technology necessary to compete in the ever-expanding and growing visual arts and communications world. Training incorporates skills in, but not limited to, graphic art, design, and computer graphics. The program also places emphasis on an underlying understanding of business practices so that these graphic communication skills can be incorporated into a variety of business settings.

At the degree’s completion, students should be able to create tangible and effective visual communications in which they utilize theory of design, color, and composition. Students will additionally have the skills necessary to plan and implement interactive solutions like websites and interfaces, design and direct creative strategies in business settings, and successfully prepare and present a professional portfolio.

In order to earn their degree, students must complete 120 credits of courses. Of those credits, 33 will be in the GC major, 41 will be general education classes, and the remaining 46 are minor and elective coursework. Topics in major classes include digital media, drawing, layout, illustration, and more. The degree culminates with a portfolio course in which students learn about portfolio creation and presentation and create their own professional portfolio.

All degree requirements can be completed online. Persons interested in learning more are encouraged to contact program faculty for more information.

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    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, University College is a public university that was founded in 1947. The main headquarters of UMUC is in Adelphi, Maryland, a town that borders College Park. UMUC is one of eleven divisions of the University of Maryland and provides quality educational opportunities for primarily non-traditional adult students. UMUC developed as a result of the popularity of evening programs for adults that were offered by the University of Maryland in the 1920’s. The University of Maryland established the College of Special and Continuation Studies (CSCS) in 1947, and in 1959 it became the University of Maryland College. The UMUC became an independent university in 1970, and in 1988 it became part of the University System of Maryland.

    The UMUC offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in professional subjects, all of which can be earned online or in hybrid formats. 


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