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Bachelor of Science in Digital Technology & Design with a Concentration in Graphic Communications Online


Expand your career versatility and be a top candidate with work-relevant skills and a polished portfolio. Master both the design and technology side of engaging, effective and intuitive digital marketing solutions.

Next Apply Date: 8/5/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/20/24
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Next Apply Date: 8/5/24
Next Class Start Date: 8/20/24

Program Overview


Take a look at our online digital technology & design graphic communications degree

Combine your passions for creativity and digital technology with our Bachelor of Science in Digital Technology & Design with a Concentration in Graphic Communications. This dynamic online program hones your design talents and gives you in-demand skills to create compelling, smoothly functioning UX/UI digital products, including websites, mobile applications, games and more.

By emphasizing both design and digital technology, this career-focused degree gives you the competencies needed to create dynamic, interactive marketing and communications. With fewer math requirements than a traditional computer science degree, this program balances graphic, visual and web design with computer science, coding and development. Learn how to produce market-ready applications, such as 3D digital design content, games and multimedia production.

Advance your proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, InDesign and XD and gain experience with popular IOS, Android and web application tools. You will also learn the print side of marketing and advertising, from artwork preparation for printed brochures and ads to print production, prepress, press checks and color checks.

Prepare for a broad range of professional roles, including:

  • Graphic Designer
  • UX/UI Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Art Director
  • Web Developer
  • Graphic Designer
  • UX/UI Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Art Director
  • Web Developer

Gain the knowledge and industry-relevant skills employers seek:

  • Audio & video production
  • Graphic design
  • Digital prepress
  • Front-end development
  • Mobile app development
  • Audio & video production
  • Graphic design
  • Digital prepress
  • Front-end development
  • Mobile app development

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Per Credit Hour: $282
Transfer Credits: Up to 90 hours
Credit Hours 120
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Tuition


Some students qualify for financial aid. You might, too.

A-State's online programs are affordable and convenient. You may also qualify for financial aid. Learn more.

The B.S. in Digital Technology & Design – Graphic Communications Concentration online program offers the same low, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Tuition breakdown:

Per Credit Hour: $282
Tuition Per Course: $846

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Calendar


Preview the application deadlines and class schedules

Designed to be flexible to fit your schedule, the B.S. in Digital Technology & Design – Graphic Communications online program features multiple start dates and accelerated courses.

TermProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlinePayment DueLast Class Day
Summer 26/24/246/10/246/14/246/20/246/21/248/7/24
Fall 18/20/248/5/248/9/248/15/248/16/2410/4/24
Fall 210/14/249/30/2410/4/2410/10/2410/11/2412/6/24

Now enrolling:

Next Apply Date 8/5/24
Start Class 8/20/24

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Admissions


Follow our streamlined admission requirements

A-State Online offers a streamlined admission process for both new students and transfers. Students who are interested in the B.S. in Digital Technology & Design – Graphic Communications online program must meet the following admission requirements.

Admission Requirements:

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • 2.0 GPA for transferring credits

There are several paths to admittance at A-State:

  • If you have 13 or more transferrable college credit hours, you would be admitted if you have a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been out of high school for five years or more, you would be admitted if you:
    • Have a high school diploma or state-approved equivalent
    • Have completed 12 or fewer earned college hours
    • Have never enrolled as a student at A-State
    Note: If you’re admitted as non-traditional first-time freshman, you may be required to successfully complete a predesignated curriculum of 12 hours (Certificate or Non-Degree). Upon successful completion, you will be transitioned to a degree seeking program.
  • If you have 0-12 transferrable college credit hours and have been in high school within the last 5 years, you would be admitted if you have one of the following:
    • 3.0 cumulative high school grad point average (or GED test score equivalent), OR
    • 19 minimum ACT super score or minimum 990 combined SAT super score, OR
    • Class rank in the top 20% of your graduating class

​Application Submission Requirements

Submitting your application takes three easy steps: filling out the application, submitting your documents and paying the application fee.

  1. When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps on the online application.
  2. Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Submit all official college transcripts.
  4. Submit official high school transcripts (if applicable).
  5. Submit official ACT/ SAT test scores (if applicable).

Note: If you have 0-12 transferrable college hours, test scores will still need to be submitted for reporting purposes to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE); however, they are not needed for an admission decision. Accuplacer test scores are an acceptable alternative to ACT/SAT scores.

If you have any questions along the way, call us at 866-621-8096 and we’ll be happy to help answer questions.

Document Submission Address

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

Academic Partnerships
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2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Courses


The topics you'll study in our graphic communications curriculum

To earn your Bachelor of Science in Digital Technology & Design – Graphic Communications, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 25 credit hours of major courses, 12 credit hours of concentration courses and 45 credit hours of elective courses. At least 15 of the 45 credit hours towards elective courses must be upper level 3000 and/or 4000 courses. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

Visit the Course Registration page to view the course schedule for this degree.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students will learn basic computer skills that can be used immediately, throughout college and beyond. Emphasis is on learning basic office applications in word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation graphics.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to Windows programming using Microsoft Visual Studio or a similar integrated development environment. Students learn to write programs using an object oriented programming language and incorporating sequence, selection, and repetition structures. Prerequisite, ISBA 1503. Fall.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Instruction and practice in the writing of poetry, fiction, and drama. May be repeated with change of literary category.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Introduction to design literacy, color theory, typography, composition, and digital design software.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Course features app design concepts, prototyping app interfaces and user testing.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The internship features supervised work in a professional graphic design setting. May be repeated for credit.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is an advanced project-based course for creating applications for Android and IOS devices. Students use their knowledge from previous courses to develop fully publishable applications within small teams. (students take twice)
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Course focuses on the creative workflow of iOS app development.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on issues of how human culture impacts the individuals behavior, attitudes, and mental health.
These courses must be taken to complete your degree.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of the preparation of digital graphics, photographs and text for publication, and of their interrelationships. Includes application of current digital publishing software programs.
Duration: 7 Weeks weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Comprehensive overview of the major prepublishing workflow elements and the options or their interrelationships.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Course examines electronic publishing and publication design using desktop publishing software programs.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study and basic application of the relationships between the media tools of sight, sound, and motion and the theories that have evolved around them.

You must complete 43 credit hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses must be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered as long as prerequisites are met.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course. If you transfer in more than 12 credit hours, you will not be required to take the Making Connections course. You may replace that 3-hour course with a 3-hour elective course.

First-year course (3 hours)
UC 1013

Departmental (3 hours)
COMS 1203

Communication Requirement (6 hours)
ENG 1003
ENG 1013

Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)
Students must take MATH 1023 or any MATH course that requires MATH 1023 as prerequisite.

Arts and Humanities Requirement (6 hours)
MUS 2503
ENG 2003
ENG 2013

Social Sciences Requirement (9 hours)
POSC 2103
SOC 2213
PSY 2013

Life Science Requirement (4 hours)
Students must complete BIO 1003 with BIO 1001 lab.

Physical Sciences Requirement (4 hours)
Students must complete CHEM 1043 with CHEM 1041 lab.

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