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Art, Graphic Design Concentration, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Salem, IL, United States
The Art, Graphic Design Concentration at Salem State University prepares the student for a future in commercial art and advertising design, and is committed to the development of both creative thinking and technical proficiency in the field. 
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The undergraduate Art, Graphic Design Concentration major programs are a based on a Liberal Arts curriculum structured to provide an environment for an in-depth experience in areas including fine arts, design, education, and art history with an emphasis on studio production. Students develop their creativity through discovery, observation, and analysis. The Art + Design department courses encourage an appreciation for the social, cultural, ethnic, and environmental complexities of our community and the world. Emphasis is placed on the plurality within and among cultures, and the richness in diversity of individuals and groups.

Facilities include design and production studios, two state of the art Macintosh computer labs with color printers, desktop scanners, and the latest design and illustration software.

Courses in art and design guide students to develop their abilities to express ideas, messages, and concepts through visual and verbal means. Factors that play a role in visual expression and problem solving include individual experiences, critiques of society, and balancing the use of traditional artists’ tools with today’s technology. The foundation courses serve as the basis for strengthening critique skills and methods of learning in a studio classroom environment. The concentration-specific courses allow students to focus intensely on one of eight disciplines. In the capstone courses, students build their portfolios and develop supporting documents such as resumes, artist statements, and cover letters in preparation for applying for graduate school or to work in a creative field at places such as museums, design firms, galleries, advertising agencies, photography studios, printing shops, and schools.

Our Mission

Salem State University's mission is to provide a high quality, student-centered education that prepares a diverse community of learners to contribute responsibly and creatively to a global society, and serve as a resource to advance the region's cultural, social and economic development.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Color and Design
  • Basic Drawing
  • Form and Design
  • Figure Drawing
  • Introduction to Electronic Media
  • Graphic Design for Publications
  • Basic Digital Photography
  • Printmaking/3-D Studio (3 Credits)
  • Drawing/Painting/Illustration (3 Credits)
  • Typography
  • Digital Illustration
  • Digital Imaging
  • Graphic Design Theory and Application
  • Graphic Design Portfolio

For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete the online application
  • Send us your transcripts
  • Submit your standardized test scores
  • Submit Proof of English Language Proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    18480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 18480 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11675 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11675 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Salem

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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