Photo of a graphic design student in the CITS lab

Why Elms for your Graphic Design degree?

  • Cultivate your skills using state-of-the-art software and Wacom Cintiq drawing tablets.
  • Connect with your professors in small class settings (5-15 students).
  • Gain experience producing work for real clients through the CITS summer internship.
  • Learn graphic design in the Lyons Center, a $12 million facility equipped for innovative research.

Delve into the creative and artistic side of computer technology

Graphic design is the applied art of arranging images and text to communicate a message. It may be applied in any medium, such as print or digital media, movies, animation, product decoration, packaging, and signage.

We offer courses in graphic design, web design, digital illustration, imagery for business, animation, game design, photography, and video production and editing. Our hands-on courses are taught in the CIT Lab using Wacom Cintiq drawing tablets and the state-of-the-art software. Class sizes are small, with 5 to 15 students per class. We also offer an in-house summer internship experience, where our students design graphic materials and websites for local businesses.

Quick Info

Required Credits

42

Degree Option

Undergraduate

Program Formats

Minor - 27 credits

Click to view course requirements for the major in Graphic Design (B.A.).

The Graphic Design major requires 42 credits.

General Requirements

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ART 1002ART 102Basic Drawing and Design (required)3
ART 2000ART 200Color Exploration3
CIT 1005CIT 105Cyber Culture3
CIT 1202CIT 122Concept Design3
GDS 1709GDS 179Introduction to Computer Graphics3
CIT/GDS 2506CIT/GDS 256Web Design3
GDS 2709GDS 279Digital Imagery3
GDS 2809GDS 289Digital Graphic Design3
GDS 3401GDS 3412D Animation3
GDS 3505GDS 355Digital Photography3
GDS 3708GDS 378Computer Imagery for Industry3
GDS 3809GDS 389Digital Illustration3
GDS 4802GDS 482Internship3
GDS 4809GDS 489Digital Showcase (Senior Capstone)3
GDS elective (see below)

Electives (3 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
CIT 2001CIT 201Technology Through Film3
GDS 3406GDS 346Interface Design3
GDS 3900GDS 390Digital Video3
Any GDS or CIT course not listed above3

Click to view course requirements for the minor in Graphic Design.

Graphic Design Minor Requirements (27 credits)

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
ART 1002ART 102Basic Drawing and Design (required)3
ART 2000ART 200Color Exploration3
GDS 1709GDS 179Introduction to Computer Graphics3
CIT/GDS 2506CIT/GDS 256Web Design3
GDS 2709GDS 279Digital Imagery3
GDS 2809GDS 289Digital Graphic Design3
GDS 3401GDS 3412D Animation3
GDS 3505GDS 355Digital Photography3
GDS 3708GDS 378Computer Imagery for Industry3
GDS 3809GDS 389Digital Illustration3

Taytum Bouchard '17

Photo of graphic design and CIT double major Taytum Bouchard“I diversified what I did within graphic design so that I didn’t limit myself on the job market.”

As valedictorian for the class of 2017, Taytum achieved great success as a graphic design and CIT double major. For her senior capstone project, she exhibited an interactive multimedia collage titled “Insert Color Here.” After graduation, she found a job as a prepress graphic designer at Pioneer Packaging in Chicopee, MA. Read Taytum’s story.