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Graphic Design

James Madison University

48 months
24386 USD/year
24386 USD/year
7460 USD/year
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The Graphic Design program at James Madison University is rooted in fundamental design principles, research and applications, while addressing current and emerging technologies through digital practice.


About this Degree

Students learn design terminology, the theory of visual language, process and methodology, structure and craft, and industry-standard technologies and programs. Our specialized courses cover design for print, brand identity, illustration, interaction and web design, UI & UX, package design, and special topics courses addressing contemporary design issues and problems.

The Graphic Design major at James Madison University provides a professional education with an interdisciplinary approach. Program objectives for the graphic design student are:

  • Articulate ideas and understand the fundamental elements and principles of graphic design while using correct terminology pertinent to the field.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of artistic methods, craft and formal structure as vehicles to enhance a solutions communicative value.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in both traditional and digital ways of making.
  • Develop diverse problem-solving methodologies that combine theory, research, analytical skills and conceptualization to create effective graphic design solutions.
  • Develop a professional graphic design portfolio reflective of one's knowledge and abilities that encompasses the contemporary design market.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Two-Dimensional Design 
  • Drawing 
  • Three-Dimensional Design 
  • Survey of World Art I: Prehistoric to Renaissance 
  • Survey of World Art II: Renaissance to Modern
  • Ceramics: Potter's Wheel 
  • Printmaking: Lithography 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.25 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 77-79% or a 'C+' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    24386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12193 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    24386 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12193 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    7460 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3730 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Harrisonburg

1050 - 1715 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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