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B.S. in Digital Innovation

Bachelor of Science in Digital Innovation with a Concentration in Graphic Communications Online


Program Overview

Insights Into Our Online Digital Innovation Bachelor's Degree – Graphic Communications


Learn to plan, design and create interactive solutions including user interfaces, 3D graphics, mobile applications and websites in our Bachelor of Science in Digital Innovation with a Concentration in Graphic Communications online program. This career-focused degree program combines graphic design skills and computer science with printing and press knowledge to give you a solid background in integrated multimedia production.

icon $258 Per Credit Hour
icon Up to 90 Transfer Credits
icon 120 Credit Hours
icon $258 Per Credit Hour
icon Up to 90 Transfer Credits
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In our B.S. in Digital Innovation with a Concentration in Graphic Communications, you will:

  • Develop a wide range of graphic design and communications skills, from creating digital 3D content to using social media in public relations and marketing
  • Become skilled in the Adobe Creative Suite of software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, and XD
  • Understand and develop applications using tools for IOS, Android, and Web applications
  • Gain a thorough understanding of the print production process and production design, including prepress, press checks, color checks, printing technologies (digital, offset) and media (magazine, newspaper, marketing collateral)
  • Create a portfolio of work

Core coursework for this online program gives you a hands-on approach to learning code and design used in digital publishing and marketing. With fewer math requirements than a traditional computer science degree, this program helps you develop market-ready applications by emphasizing skills in user experience design, 3D digital and game design, front-end web development, multimedia production, and more.

Prepare for a variety of roles in agency, marketing, design and digital fields including:

  • Graphic designer
  • UX/UI designer
  • Interactive designer
  • Art director
  • Web developer

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Increase Your Earning Potential

Earning your bachelor’s degree could increase your first-year income by an average of 77%, according to a report from the Arkansas Research Center, 2019.

Tuition

Pay for Your Online Program by the Course


Our B.S. in Digital Innovation – Graphic Communications online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to all U.S. residents. Administrative fees are included in the tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $258
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Tuition Per Course $774
Per Credit Hour Per Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$218.00 $40.00 $258.00 $654.00 $120.00 $774.00

Calendar

Our Application Deadlines and Class Schedules


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

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2021 7 wk 01/12/2021 02/26/2021 12/16/2020 12/18/2020 01/07/2021 01/08/2021 02/12/2021
7 wk 03/08/2021 04/30/2021 02/22/2021 02/26/2021 03/04/2021 03/05/2021 04/16/2021
Summer 2021 7 wk 05/10/2021 06/25/2021 04/26/2021 04/30/2021 05/06/2021 05/07/2021 06/11/2021
7 wk 06/28/2021 08/13/2021 06/14/2021 06/18/2021 06/24/2021 06/25/2021 07/30/2021
Fall 2021 7 wk 08/24/2021 10/08/2021 08/09/2021 08/13/2021 08/19/2021 08/20/2021 09/25/2021
7 wk 10/18/2021 12/10/2021 10/04/2021 10/08/2021 10/14/2021 10/15/2021 11/27/2021
Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from A-State?

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 Innovation – Graphic Communications online program must meet the following admission requirements.

  • When completing the online application, select 100% online student and then complete all the steps in the application process.
  • Select three emphasis areas and submit this form.
  • Pay $30.00 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit an official High School Transcript with at least a 2.75 GPA or GED score of 500 (if taken prior to 2002) or 525 (if taken in or since 2002). The High School/GED requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 13 or more transferrable college credit hours.
  • Submit official Test Scores (e.g., ACT and SAT). Test scores are considered official if they are delivered directly to us from a testing center or from your high school on your official transcript. Test scores are valid for a period of five years from the date of the exam. The test score requirement is waived for students who have previously successfully completed 24 or more transferrable college credit hours.
    • ACT test scores of 21 or greater on the composite score as well as 19 on the Math, Reading, and English sub-scores
    • SAT test score of 1070
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0 on previous college coursework.
  • No remediation courses are available for this program. If a student does not show test scores that clear the need for remediation, they must show completion of or readiness for the following program courses:
    • English requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of English Composition I, English Composition II, or Writing Fundamentals with a grade of C or better.
    • Math requirement: Students may be considered eligible for admission based on completion of College Algebra or Intermediate Algebra with a grade of D or better.
  • No conditional admission status is available for this program.
  • Foreign born students must submit an attested or notarized copy of their high school diploma in English. Students seeking to transfer from a non-U.S. university or college must submit official transcripts from these institutions. Transcripts will be evaluated by Arkansas State University. Proof of English proficiency may be required.

Additional Information

Students that have attended any other institution of higher education must meet the following requirements.

When the student has:

  • Less than 12 college hours: submit official final high school transcript and official test scores.
  • 13 - 23 college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts and official test scores.
  • 24 or more college hours: have a minimum of 2.0 grade point average on cumulative transcripts.

Test scores are valid for five years from date of exam.

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:

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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 Innovation – Graphic Communication, you need to complete 120 credit hours of coursework. The program includes 38 credit hours of general education courses, 29 credit hours of major courses, 15 credit hours of emphasis courses and 38 credit hours of elective courses. Students can finish faster by transferring previously earned credit hours. Transfer credit hours will be evaluated during the admission process.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

GRFX 1111: Design Technology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

This features introductory level training in digital design software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign (i.e. Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.).

GRFX 1112: Design Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

This course is an introduction to design literacy, color theory, typography and composition.

GRFX 2703: Interaction Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to the concepts of good website design as well as an introduction to HTML and CSS.

GRFX 2783: Human Centered Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course features app design concepts, prototyping app interfaces and user testing.

GRFX 3703: Front End Web Development

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Advanced HTML and CSS techniques to create sophisticated web page layouts that adhere to standards-based guidelines; introduction to client-side web interactivity using the jQuery library. Each student is required to create a full featured, graphic design portfolio website. It is expected that students will spend a minimum of three additional clock hours per week on work outside the scheduled class time. Prerequisites, a grade of C or better in GRFX 2703.

GRFX 3713: 3D Digital and Game Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course features foundational instruction in the art of creating digital 3D content for applications in animation, interactive and game design and in the production of physical objects utilizing 3D printing and laser cutting technology.

GRFX 3783: Patterns in Application Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on user experience design with an emphasis on established design patterns of iOS and Android applications.

GRFX 4603: Graphic Design Internship

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The internship features supervised work in a professional graphic design setting. May be repeated for credit.

GRFX 4773: Design Build I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

User Experience Design focusing on the complete workflow of iOS app development. This course requires three or more hours per week outside of class. Restricted to B.S. in Digital Technology & Design majors. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in GRFX 3733 and GRFX 3783.

GRFX 4783: Design Build II

Duration: 7 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.

GRFX 4793: Digital Innovations Portfolio

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course focuses on the creative workflow of iOS app development.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

GCOM 2673: Digital Prepress Workflow

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Comprehensive overview of the major pre-publishing workflow elements and the options or their interrelationships.

GCOM 3673: Desktop Publishing and Publication Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course examines electronic publishing and publication design using desktop publishing software programs.

MDIA 2053: Introduction to Visual Communications

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Course is the study of the principles, theories and language of visual communication to help students analyze, interpret and apply visual content to communicate more effectively.

MDIA 2313: Multimedia Production

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This is an introductory course in audio, video, photo and text production for many distribution platforms.

MDIA 3673: Seminar in Digital Media and Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

A study of the development and impact of digital media.

You must take 38 hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. Courses may be chosen with the assistance of an advisor and per your degree plan. Electives can come from any courses offered so long as prerequisites are met.

Students must take the following courses.

First-year course - Students must take the following Making Connections online course.

UC 1013: Making Connections

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues.

Departmental Option Course Requirement:

This 3-hour course for the degree plan is chosen by the department, not the individual student.

COMS 1203: Oral Communication

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.

Communication Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of the following courses.

ENG 1003: Composition I

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013.

ENG 1013: Composition II

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation.

Mathematics Requirement:

Students must complete 3 credit hours of any higher-level Mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1043: Quantitative Reasoning

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Quantitative Reasoning Quantitative reasoning as the approach to understanding relationships using mathematical and algebraic methodologies. Contemporary topics will be used to identify, analyze, generalize, and communicate quantitative relationships.

Arts and Humanities Requirement:

Students must complete 6 credit hours of Arts and Humanities courses.

ENG 2003: World Literature to 1660

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance.

ENG 2013: World Literature Since 1660

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present.

MUS 2503: Fine Arts – Music

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal musical training or experience. A study of musical styles and composers and their cultural and historical contexts.

Social Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 9 credit hours of Social Sciences courses. At least one course must be selected from POSC 2103, SOC 2213 or HIST 2773.

POSC 2103: Introduction to US Government

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.

SOC 2213: Introduction to Sociology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Human society and social behavior.

PSY 2013: Introduction to Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives.

Life Science Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Life Science courses, including one course and one lab.

BIO 1003: Biological Science

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.

BIO 1001: Biological Science Lab

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1

Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.

Physical Sciences Requirement:

Students must complete 4 credit hours of Physical Science courses, including one course and one lab.

CHEM 1043: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry I

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to selected fundamental concepts including dimensional analysis, mole concept, atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactions, thermochemistry, intermolecular interactions, gases, mixtures, kinetics, equilibrium and acid base chemistry. Fall, Summer.

CHEM 1041: Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry Lab

Duration: Varies  |  Credit Hours: 1

Special course fees apply. Prerequisite or co-requisite of CHEM 1043. Fall, Summer.


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