The Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design + Interactive Media (GDIM) is a rigorous program. It is designed to prepare students for their career by combining design and aesthetics studies with real-world, practical experiences. Students work with the professional tools, technologies, processes, creative skills, and collaborative workflows used in designing for both digital and traditional media.
Why do the online program?
The online degree program provides a measure of flexibility in both location and timing. Classes are offered on a quarter system basis with new quarters starting each January, April, July, and September and lasting 11 weeks each.
This program is designed to have a high level of interactivity with professors and with classmates. While class sessions are asynchronous, students also have access to frequent live sessions with professors for feedback and direction. Frequent collaboration with classmates on assigned projects is expected, as the program is designed to closely mimic the industry.
The Graphic Design program focuses on graphic design and implementation using a wide variety of delivery methods and distribution channels, including print, package, and screen.
Using real-world professional workflow, students take original ideas, move to logo and style production, then build complete campaigns. The curriculum includes immersive courses in typography, motion graphics, package design, and branding to prepare students for creative careers in graphic design.
How long will it take?
The program requires a minimum of 192 credit hours to complete. At Columbia College Hollywood, that’s 48 courses. If you take 4 courses each quarter, you’ll be able to complete your degree requirements in 12 quarters.
If you enroll in Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters, taking Summer quarters off, you can complete your 12 quarters in 4 years. If you attend full-time continuously, including during Summer quarters, it is possible to earn your Bachelor’s degree in 3 years. As every required course is not offered every quarter, your academic advisor is available to help you create a plan based on complete course offerings each quarter.
Time to Completion
What are classes like?
All courses are taught by a distinguished faculty of artists, designers, and creative professionals, many of whom continue to work in the design and digital marketing industries. As a student you’ll learn to take original ideas from concept to finished production in project-based courses that explore:
- Brand identity
- User experience (UX)
- User interface (UI)
- Collateral design
- Responsive web design
- Experiential design
- Motion graphics
- Virtual reality
A broad foundation of liberal arts and sciences will give you intellectual exposure to the wider world of thought and ideas that enable critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and the ability to communicate original designs, ideas, and opinions effectively. By the end of the program, you’ll develop a cohesive, industry-ready professional portfolio showcasing your unique talents and your ability to communicate visually via multiple channels of media.
Graphic Design Program Requirements