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Your Creative Career Starts With a Graphic and Interactive Design Degree from West Chester University

If you’ve ever dreamed of designing eye-catching magazine spreads, creating innovative web applications, or even illustrating storyboards for animation, West Chester University’s Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art: Graphic and Interactive Design degree might be for you!

Our major in graphic design and interactive design will give you a strong foundation in art and design history, typography, symbology, and design vocabulary to start. Our upper-level courses in visual branding, advertising, publication design, information design, packaging, and responsive web design will help you turn your ideas into visual solutions.

Wondering if you would enjoy a degree in graphic design and interactive design? This major may appeal to you if you:

  • Enjoy working on a variety of different projects. When you choose a graphic and interactive designer major, you can work on everything from logos and websites to advertising campaigns and video games. With so much variety in the field, you can find a niche that you are passionate about.
  • Want to be creative and use your skills to solve problems. A graphic design degree and interactive design degree prepares you to use your creativity to communicate ideas and solve problems. For example, a graphic designer might be tasked with creating a new logo for a company that is both visually appealing and conveys the company’s brand message.
  • Want to work in a collaborative environment. As a graphic and interactive designer, you will often work on teams with other creatives, such as copywriters, developers, and marketers. This can be a great opportunity to learn from others and create innovative work.
  • Desire employment in a fast-paced, ever-changing industry. The graphic and interactive design industry is constantly evolving, so it’s a great field for people who are looking for a challenge and want to stay ahead of the curve.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree in Graphic and Interactive Design at WCU

Experiential Learning and Networking

You will have hands-on learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom when you major in graphic and interactive design at WCU. Our students regularly enter (and win) national and international design competitions like AIGA Flux. Our students take internships locally and in Philadelphia and enjoy networking opportunities with noted artists and designers across the region. In our graphic design degree and interactive design degree program, you will flex your creative muscle and graduate career ready.

Unique Learning Opportunities

Study artistic techniques like printmaking or ceramics, or take graphic and interactive design courses overseas in any of our many study abroad programs. WCU offers endless unique opportunities to showcase your talents, including student exhibitions and presentations.

Accreditation and Excellence

We are accredited by the National Association of Schools for Art and Design (NASAD), which means we have passed rigorous standards for our Graphic and Interactive Design degree program. This translates into an excellent education and excellent student outcomes. In the last five years, our design students have won more than 60 international and national design awards.


What Can You Do With a Graphic and Interactive Design Degree?

When you major in graphic design and interactive design at WCU, you open the door to a plethora of career opportunities. You could work in any of the following positions:

  • Animator
  • Art camp director
  • Art conservator
  • Art critic
  • Art director
  • Art historian
  • Art researcher
  • Art supply retailer
  • Art teacher / professor
  • Art therapist
  • Artist assistant
  • Arts administrator
  • Brand designer
  • Comic book artist
  • Conservator
  • Creative director
  • Design consultant
  • Event planner
  • Exhibition designer
  • Fabricator
  • Film concept artist
  • Food stylist
  • Front- / back-end web developer
  • Foundry worker
  • Furniture designer
  • Gallery owner
  • Graphic designer
  • Graphic novel artist
  • Illustrator
  • Independent artist
  • Industrial designer
  • Interactive developer
  • Muralist
  • Museum / gallery administrator
  • Museum / gallery preparator
  • Museum / gallery registrar
  • Package designer
  • Potter / ceramist
  • Product designer
  • Storyboard artist
  • Textile designer
  • User experience (UX) designer
  • Visual merchandiser
  • Web designer

Where are our graduates?


What Will You Study as a Graphic and Interactive Design Major?

We'll give you the skills to tap into your creativity and turn your potential into possible. Our courses will prepare you to succeed in any area of graphic and interactive design you choose to pursue.

B.F.A. in Art - Graphic + Interactive Design Specialization

Code Title Credits
Academic Foundations
First Year Experience requirement4
English Composition requirement6-7
Mathematics requirement3-4
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Ethics requirement3
Distributed Disciplinary Foundations
Science requirement6-8
Behavioral and Social Science requirement6
Humanities requirement6
Arts requirement3
University Requirements
Writing Emphasis requirement9
Speaking Emphasis requirement9
Degree Requirements
Capstone requirement1-15
Foundation Requirements
ART 106Drawing I3
ART 1112D Design3
ART 112Color Theory3
ART 113Digital Media3
ART 206Drawing II3
ART 216Painting I3
ART 1203D Design3
ARH 103Art History I: Paleolithic-Middle Ages3
ARH 104Art History II: Renaissance through Modern Day3
Art History Electives
Select one Art History elective at the 200-level or above.3
Specialization Requirements
ARH 300History of Graphic Design3
ART 210Typography I3
ART 211Graphic Design I3
ART 212Graphic Design II3
ART 213Typography II3
ART 310Graphic Design III3
ART 311Graphic Design IV3
ART 312Visual Branding3
ART 313Interaction Design I3
ART 314Interaction Design II3
ART 400Special Topics: Design for the Social Good3
ART 413Interaction Design III3
Capstone Requirement
ART 415Senior Thesis Project 13
ART 499Portfolio 13
Total Minimum Credits Required 120

These courses fulfill the Capstone requirement.

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