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Graphic Design, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #220 (QS) Beirut, Lebanon
The Department of Graphic Design offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate level programs at American University of Beirut are in architecture and graphic design. The architecture program leads to the professional degree of Bachelor of Architecture (BArch). 
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The bachelor of architecture program offers students at American University of Beirut a first professional degree that qualifies them to practice architecture. 

The Graphic Design program aims to graduate well rounded intellectuals, critical thinkers, and skilled professional architects who are committed to the advancement of the field and the practice; and who have a sense of responsibility for the built environment and the natural resources. Design is approached as a research-oriented process that is culturally grounded, theoretically informed and technically advanced so as to enable graduates to become lifelong learners and to take a leading role in the professional practice both in Lebanon and the region.

Learning outcomes

The architecture program comprises a total of 174 credit hours normally taken over five years. The curriculum is structured as follows: 1) Two foundation years, first and second, with core requirements in design, technical, and history courses which offer students basic skills and knowledge in design and related areas. 2) Two advanced years, third and fourth, with core requirements in advanced design, technical, history and theory courses, reinforced by the distribution electives. Two of the design studios at this level are thematic vertical studios. 3) Final year, fifth year, with a two-semester design thesis and project and advanced electives. In order to pass a year, students must obtain a minimum average of 70 in both design courses offered in any given year. If the average is below 70, students must repeat the design studio(s) in which s/he received a grade below 70.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Color
  • History of Art and Architecture 
  • Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Computer Graphic 
  • Photography
  • Typography 
  • Introduction to Visual Theory

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • 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.

General Requirements

To apply for regular admissions, the student needs to submit an undergraduate application along with the following documents:

  • SAT1 results
  • High school records during grades 10 and 11
  • Counselor/Teacher recommendation(s)/Extracurricular Activities/Other Achievements

As for grade 12 records, they do not affect admission since students apply to AUB at the beginning of grade 12 nevertheless once the student is admitted and prior to enrollment, he/she must provide us with grade 12 scores as well as school leaving certification (IB certificate, IGCSE, High School Diploma) in order to make sure he/she passed grade 12 successfully.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    842 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 842 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    842 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 842 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Beirut

  • 750 - 1600 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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