Online graphic design degree ranked 18th in the nation

Upper Iowa University has been ranked among the top 25 schools in the nation for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design for 2017. UIU is ranked 18th overall by College Choice, a leading authority in college and university rankings and resources.

College Choice stated that students enrolled in Upper Iowa University’s portfolio-driven online graphic design degree are encouraged to respond creatively and uniquely to each assignment and class. The baseline goal of Upper Iowa’s program is to make sure students hone their own creative voice to bring to their professional roles.

The College Choice staff reported, “This program does an especially good job of introducing you to a range of possibilities as a graphic artist, from digital photography to web publishing, from advertising design to typography. Some elective classes in this program include consumer behavior, personal selling, and interpersonal communication, which gives you a way to give your creative art a practical medium to sell to clients.”

“Animation and digital video are also among our popular electives for this major,” UIU Professor of Graphic Design Don McComb said. “Overall, our emphasis on fundamentals and multi-disciplined applications makes us a good match for students wishing to transfer or sample our courses offerings. Depending on their interests, students also have the flexibility to explore course work in fine arts, communications and marketing.”

Upper Iowa University offers graphic design online, as well as face-to-face at select locations. Courses are sequenced in such a way that design problems require more complex responses as students work through the various levels. Mastery of software is reinforced in the curriculum; however, conceptual abilities and critical thinking are privileged over technical skills. The goal of all graphic design classes is to build an individualized portfolio of original work.

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