Program Overview

Channel your creativity and eye for design into a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. Develop skills combining web content management, ePublishing, branding, logo design and development, SEO, web video, animation, and social media marketing. Master cross-media content delivery via ePub and mobile devices, and create a “branded” portfolio to set you on your career path.

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Full Description

Building upon the core design principles and technical skills developed in the associate degree program, the Graphic Design bachelor’s degree program further prepares students for positions in a wide variety of emerging new media careers. Students will develop interdisciplinary skills combining web content management systems, e-publishing, branding, logo design, packaging design, search engine optimization, web video, animation, and social media marketing. Each student will graduate with their own self-branded, online portfolio showcasing their creative content in the form of galleries and case studies, which can then be shared with potential employers.

The dynamic combination of skills obtained in the Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design are valued in a wide variety of fields, including advertising and promotion, public relations, packaging design, web design, digital publishing, social media, and other visually creative career paths.

Potential Career Opportunities

The Graphic Design bachelor’s degree can lead to a number of exciting employment opportunities. Career goals may include the following titles:

UI/UX Designer

Website Designer

Social Media Marketer

Augmented Reality Developer

Art Director

Mobile Interface Designer

E-PUB Designer

Motion Graphics Animator

Brand Designer and Marketer


  • What is a graphic designer?

    Graphic designers, multimedia artists and animators combine text, audio and visual materials to create compelling and informative content. They are able to work with various media including web, television, film, video games and more.

  • What is a Graphic Design degree?

    A graphic design degree provides a general education in visual arts, interactive media, information technology, communications and business. Programs will help college students take the next step in their professional journey as multimedia designers.

  • Is graphic design a good degree?

    If you are interested in digital media, then a career in graphic design is a great option to pursue. Multimedia designers can entertain different career options across a variety of industries, from film and television, video game production and more.

  • What is a design degree?

    Design degrees will introduce students to both creative and technical skills to prepare them for the professional world. Degree programs may focus on different areas including web development, computer programming languages, digital imaging, drafting, art and animation.

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design builds upon the foundational technology and design skills acquired in the associate degree program. The bachelor’s program provides immediately applicable communication skills and creative concept development for today’s responsive media. This includes advanced web and graphics design and development, e-publishing, and video and motion graphics in support of multimedia and eCommerce marketing. Numerous new media career paths are integrated throughout the program. Multimedia design students’ creative conceptualization and personalized portfolio development is the underlying goal.

Program Goals

The Graphic Design program will:

  1. Provide learning opportunities for students to acquire the theoretical knowledge, applicable skills and attitude necessary to function as entry-level multimedia designers, web designers, ePub, or graphic designers.
  2. Instill in students the skills for creative conceptualization, media literacy, qualitative analysis, oral and written communication, professional growth and life-long learning.
  3. Prepare students to creatively conceptualize and create projects on their own and in collaboration, with each student assuming responsibility for phases of the production process.
  4. Prepare students to create and continually upgrade their digital portfolio, deployed via cloud or web server.

Program Outcomes

Graphic Design students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of various software applications  and hardware to build project-specific content.
  2. Recognize and create effective versus ineffective elements of design content.
  3. Understand and practice respect for copyright laws and regulations as they pertain to digital creation.
  4. Recognize and demonstrate effective critical, creative thinking, and effective oral and  written communication skills.
  5. Demonstrate effective development and execution of creative assignments.

Courses Offered

NEIT’s Graphic Design course curriculum offers students the opportunity to study digital photography, digital illustration, digital, graphics, an introduction to typography and HTML.

UI/UX design will also be introduced, along with digital publishing and package design.

Students will also receive instruction in business math, modern art, and design, oral communications as well as an introduction to college writing.

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.

Q&A and Technical Standards

Questions & Answers

  1. When do my classes meet?
    Day Classes: Technical classes normally meet for at least three hours a day for up to five days a week. Classes normally begin in the early morning (7:45 a.m.), late morning (usually 11:25 a.m.), or mid-afternoon. A technical time slot may vary from term to term.Evening Classes: Technical classes meet on the average of three nights a week, although there may be times when they will meet four nights a week. Classes normally begin at 5:45 p.m.In addition, to achieve your associate degree, you will take a total of approximately eight liberal arts courses, which will be scheduled around your technical schedule over the course of your entire program. Each liberal arts course meets approximately four hours per week. Liberal arts courses are offered days, evenings, and Saturdays.At the beginning of each term you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The university requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT’s locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.When a regularly scheduled class falls on a day which is an NEIT observed holiday (Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and Memorial Day), an alternate class will be scheduled as a make up for that class. The make up class may fall on a Friday. It is the student’s responsibility to take note of when and where classes are offered.
  2. How large will my classes be?
    The average size for a class is about 20 to 25 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.
  3. How much time will I spend in lab?
    Almost half of your technical courses consist of laboratory work. In order for you to get the most out of your laboratory experiences, you will first receive a thorough explanation of the theory behind your lab work.
  4. Where do my classes meet?
    Students should be prepared to attend classes at any of NEIT’s classroom facilities: either at the Post Road, Access Road, or East Greenwich campus.
  5. How long should it take me to complete my program?
    To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take the courses outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical six-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.To complete all your degree requirements in the shortest time, you should take at least one liberal arts course each term. Students who need more time to complete their curriculum may postpone some of the liberal arts courses until after the completion of the technical requirements. Students are provided up to two additional terms of study to complete the liberal arts requirements without any additional tuition assessment fee. During these additional terms of study, students are required to pay all applicable fees.Students may also elect to complete some of their liberal arts requirements during Intersession, a five-week term scheduled between Spring and Summer Terms. Students will not be assessed any additional tuition for liberal arts courses taken during the Intersession but may be assessed applicable fees.Students wishing to extend the number of terms needed to complete the required technical courses in their curriculum will be assessed additional tuition and fees.
  6. Is NEIT accredited?
    NEIT is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education. Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog.
  7. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?
    The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.
  8. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
    Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at an accredited institution will be considered upon receipt of an official transcript for any program, biology, science, and mathematics courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the past three years and for English or humanities courses in which the student has earned a “C” or above within the last ten years. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term. Students will receive a tuition reduction for the approved technical courses based on the program rate and will be applied against the final technical term of the curriculum’s tuition amount. No tuition credit is provided for courses which are not a part of the technical curriculum.
  9. What is the “Feinstein Enriching America” Program?
    New England Institute of Technology is the proud recipient of a grant from the Feinstein Foundation. To satisfy the terms of the grant, the university has developed a one-credit community enrichment course which includes hands-on community enrichment projects. The course can be taken for a few hours per term, spread over several terms. Students who are already engaged in community enrichment on their own may be able to count that service towards course credit.
  10. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?
    In order to be eligible for the maximum financial aid award, you need to maintain at least 12 credits per academic term.
  11. What does my program cost?
    The cost of your program will be as outlined in your enrollment agreement, along with your cost for books and other course materials. Students who decide to take more terms than the enrollment agreement describes to complete the technical courses in their curriculum will be subject to additional fees and possible additional tuition costs. Students who elect to take the technical portion of the degree requirements at a rate faster than the rate prescribed in the curriculum and the enrollment agreement will be assessed additional tuition.Students who require prerequisite courses will incur additional tuition and fees above those outlined in their enrollment agreement.If a student elects to take a course(s) outside of the prescribed curriculum, additional tuition and fees will be assessed.Remember, students who withdraw and re-enter, one time only, pay the tuition rate that was in effect for them at the time of their last day of attendance for up to one year from their last day of attendance. Second re-entrees and beyond pay the tuition rate in effect at the time they re-enter. The most economical way for you to complete your college degree is to begin your program now and continue your studies straight through for the six terms necessary to complete your degree requirements.
  12. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
    The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not, guarantee to its graduates employment or a specific starting salary.
  13. Where will job opportunities exist?Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities.
  14. Is there any state or federal licensing required in my field?
    No license is required for any of the careers which you will be preparing to enter.
  15. Can I receive transfer credits for my portfolio?
    “Portfolio review” transfer credit may be granted for any identifiable academic or professional equivalencies. This portfolio review will be done at the discretion of the GMW department.
  16. Are there specific pre-requisite courses required before enrolling in the GMW Bachelor program?
    Yes, the GMW AS degree is a requirement for students continuing beyond the GMW AS degree program. Students transferring from other departments or outside colleges will need to submit appropriate materials for a portfolio review before any transfer credits can be granted. Note: GMW 290, T7, is a required co-req course for any GMW AS graduate, before Oct. 2013, with a specialization in Multimedia. GMW 291, T7, is a required co-req course for any GMW AS graduate, before Oct 2013, with a specialization in Graphic Design.
  17. What kind of jobs will I be qualified to look for?
    Generally, jobs may exist in graphics production areas of independent graphic design, video, and multimedia production houses as well as in corporate communications and marketing. Competition for jobs will be keen and requirements will increasingly emphasize an applicant’s training, education, and portfolio.  The job best suited to you will depend upon your individual strengths and interests.

Technical Standards

These technical standards set forth by the Graphic Design Program, establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students admitted to these programs to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies to enter these fields. The successful student must possess the following skills and abilities or be able to demonstrate that they can complete the requirements of the program with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

Cognitive Ability

  • Ability to interpret ideas and concepts visually and/or graphically
  • Good reasoning and critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to learn, remember and recall detailed information and to use it for problem solving.
  • Ability to deal with materials and problems such as organizing or reorganizing information.
  • Ability to apply theory to specific technical situations.
  • Ability to break information into its component parts.
  • Ability to understand 2-D and 3-D spatial relationships.
  • Ability to perform tasks by observing demonstrations.
  • Possession of basic computer skills, file management, and ability to perform computer operation tasks.

Communications Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively with faculty and students, verbally and in writing, including the creation of storyboards

Adaptive Ability

  • Ability to maintain emotional stability and the maturity necessary to interact with other members of the faculty and students in a responsible manner.
  • Ability to accept constructive criticism from faculty and peers, and revise their work as requested.

Physical Ability

  • Able to stand and/or sit and continuously perform essential course functions in the graphics lab, using a high degree of eye/hand psychomotor skills.
  • Ability to sit and concentrate for long periods of time.
  • Ability to perform learned skills, independently, with accuracy and completeness.

Manual Ability

  • Sufficient motor function and sensory abilities to participate effectively in the classroom laboratory.
  • Sufficient manual dexterity and motor coordination to coordinate hands, eyes and fingers in the operation of a computer keyboard, and other equipment.

Sensory Ability

  • Visual
    • Acute enough to enable the adjustment of an electronic image into sharp focus.
    • Ability to properly distinguish colors.
    • Acute enough to read small print.
    • Acute enough to read small numbers on precision measuring instruments.
  • Auditory
    • Acute enough to distinguish low level (weak) audio signals.