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Find the Path That’s Right for You: Graphic Design

Explore our Media + Design Digital Design Degree Options

Graphic Design at Tulane SoPA will provide you with the skills necessary to enter the exciting and creative field of graphic design. You can expect to find careers in branding, print design, poster design, book design, typographic design, publication design, front-end web and interactive design, packaging design, and so much more! The graphic design job market in the computer systems design and other digital sectors is expected to grow 20% by 2026, according to the United States Department of Labor.

B.A. Requirements

A Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Design with a Graphic Design Concentration prepares students for a deep dive into creative thinking, conceptual development and portfolio creation. We welcome students coming directly from high school or adult learners who may be looking for a career change or to complete the undergraduate degree for the first time.

42 major hours
18 elective hours
60 general requirements

The Tulane School of Professional Advancement Awards the B.A. in Digital Design following the completion of 120 credits, which includes 42 credits in the major. All students in the digital design major take core courses in design foundations and then declare a career track to specialize in either Graphic Design or Interactive UX/UI Design.

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Post-Baccalaureate Requirements

Do you already have a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field? Our P.B.C.
(Post-Bac Certificate) allows you do explore either Graphic Design or
Interactive UX/UI and build a competitive portfolio of work. You will
complete 10 courses, or 30 total credit hours. For those who have a
completed their degree in an unrelated field, leveling courses may
be required.

30 major hours

The Digital Design Post-Baccalaureate Certificate (PBC) is designed for individuals who have already earned a Bachelor's degree. The three available PBCs in Digital Design align with the two tracks within the Digital Design major: Graphic Design or Interactive UX/UI Design. These certificates are comprised of all of the coursework required for an undergraduate major, without required courses in other subjects.

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Careers in Graphic Design

Careers in graphic design are expected to increase by 20% over the next 5 years. Whether you are interested in starting your own freelance business or workingfor an agency, graphic designers are highly employable in almost in field.

Many designers choose to work ‘in-house’ for a brand they love while others enjoy the fast paced and ever-changing projects that come with working in an agency or design house.

art director
Brand manager
Print designer
environmental designer
front-end web designer
packaging designer
in-house designer
publication designer
type designer
creative director
illustrator…and more!


Tamzen Jenkins

After a decades long career in education, Tamzen decided to bet on herself and take a leap to change careers. Already holding an M.A. in English, she went back to school at the age of 31 and completed her P.B.C. in Graphic Design. Tamzen is now a graphic designer for St. Jude Hospital in Nashville, TN.

Tamzen Jenkins
Megan Calvin

Megan Calvin

Megan double majored in interactive UX/UI design and business at Tulane SoPA, has accepted a post-graduation position in NYC at IBM Garage and its incubator-style approach to technology solutions for the business giant’s clients.

“As a UX designer for IBM Garage, I will be working directly with developers and architects, leading design thinking workshops with clients, creating ‘wireframes’ and prototypes, user testing, and iterating on these designs to deliver products that meet our clients’ needs,” Calvin said.

Our diverse faculty are industry professionals and experts working in the field to provide you with the most up-to-date expertise and skills required of the industry today.

Award-Winning Student Work

Since our program launch in 2018, we have won 88 awards for outstanding student work!