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B.S. in Digital Technology & Design

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


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.

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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.

Channel Your Creativity Into a Rewarding Career

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.

In-Demand Skills:

Gain the knowledge and industry-relevant skills employers seek:

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

Top Careers:

Prepare for a broad range of professional roles, including:

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

Projected Job Growth:

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in web development and digital design occupations to grow 8% from 2019 to 2029, resulting in about 174,300 new jobs nationwide.

Also available:

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A-State-approved credit for prior learning recognizes your previous accomplishments, reducing your tuition costs and time to graduation.

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 in the total tuition.

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Tuition Per Credit Hour $269
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Tuition Per Course $807

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$229.00 $40.00 $269.00 $687.00 $120.00 $807.00

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.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2022 7 wk 01/11/2022 02/25/2022 12/15/2021 12/17/2021 01/06/2022 01/07/2022 02/11/2022
7 wk 03/07/2022 04/29/2022 02/21/2022 02/25/2022 03/03/2022 03/04/2022 04/15/2022
Summer 2022 7 wk 05/09/2022 06/24/2022 04/25/2022 04/29/2022 05/05/2022 05/06/2022 06/10/2022
7 wk 06/27/2022 08/12/2022 06/13/2022 06/17/2022 06/23/2022 06/24/2022 07/29/2022
Fall 2022 7 wk 08/23/2022 10/07/2022 08/08/2022 08/12/2022 08/18/2022 08/19/2022 09/24/2022
7 wk 10/17/2022 12/09/2022 10/03/2022 10/07/2022 10/13/2022 10/14/2022 11/26/2022
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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.

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

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.

Additional Information

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

For students who have:

  • Fewer 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.

Submit all documents to:

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

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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.

These courses must be taken to complete your degree.

GRFX 1113: Design Literacy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Introduction to design literacy, color theory, typography, composition, and digital design software.

GRFX 2783: Human Centered Design

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

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

CS 1114: Concepts of Programming

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on conceptualizing, prototyping and testing application interfaces with a respect for the real needs and desires of human users. This course requires three or more hours per week outside of class. Restricted to B.S. in Digital Technology & Design students. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in GRFX 1111, GRFX 1112 and GRFX 2703.

ENG 3023: Creative Writing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the instruction and practice in the writing of poetry, fiction and drama. May be repeated with change of literary category.

PSY 3613: Cultural Psychology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on issues of how human culture impacts the individual’s behavior, attitudes and mental health.

GRFX 4773: Design Build

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 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 4793: Digital Technology and Design 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 1813: Introduction to Digital Publishing

Duration: 7 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.

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 2023: Media Aesthetics

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 take 45 hours of electives to satisfy the 120 credit hours required for this program. At least 15 of those hours must be upper level 3000 and/or 4000 courses. 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. 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.

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 either College Algebra or any higher-level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite.

MATH 1023: College Algebra

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054.

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: Introduction to World Literature I

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: Introduction to World Literature II

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: Principles of 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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