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USC’s industry-focused Graphic Design major prepares you to work as a professional designer. Learn how graphic designers create graphics that communicate messages and evoke responses through the use of colour, texture, typography, images and symbols.

This major allows you to experience all aspects of the design process, specialise in a particular field, or combine interests in layout design, advertising, photography, illustration or branding.

Learn the analytical and problem-solving skills you need to create dynamic ideas, using the theoretical principles and aesthetic design concepts that underpin good design. As part of your major, you will undertake industry projects and internships and create a professional portfolio to display in a shared graduate exhibition.

Career opportunities

Graphic designer, art director, creative director, advertising designer, book designer, illustrator, product designer, photographic editor.

Major (8)

For a major in Graphic Design, students must successfully complete 8 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
DES101 The Language of Design
  • Semester 1
Anti: ADN110
DES105 Introduction to Design and Concept
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Anti: ADN100
DES211 Visual Identity
  • Semester 1
Pre: DES105 or ADN100 or enrolled in Program AR511 or AR611
Anti: ADN211 or ADN511
DES212 Visual Communication & Meaning
  • Semester 2
Pre: DES211 or ADN211
Anti: ADN212 or ADN512
DES213 Graphic Design C
  • Semester 1
Pre: DES212 or ADN212
Anti: ADN213 or ADN513
DES214 Graphic Design D
  • Semester 1
Pre: DES212 or ADN212
Anti: ADN214 or ADN514
DES215 Graphic Design E - Internship/Professional Project
  • Semester 2
  • Session 8
Pre: (DES213 or ADN213 and (DES214 or ADN214
Anti: ADN270
DES216 Graphic Design F - Professional Portfolio
  • Semester 2
Pre: (DES213 or ADN213 and (DES214 or ADN214
Anti: ADN219

Minor (4)

For a minor in Graphic Design, students must successfully complete 4 courses:

CourseSemester of offerRequisites
DES105 Introduction to Design and Concept
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Anti: ADN100
DES211 Visual Identity
  • Semester 1
Pre: DES105 or ADN100 or enrolled in Program AR511 or AR611
Anti: ADN211 or ADN511
DES212 Visual Communication & Meaning
  • Semester 2
Pre: DES211 or ADN211
Anti: ADN212 or ADN512
DES213 Graphic Design C
  • Semester 1
Pre: DES212 or ADN212
Anti: ADN213 or ADN513

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