Creativity Sparks Connection

Through a blend of coursework and hands-on experience in digital studios and labs, students develop skills in the field of visual communication. The program prepares them to successfully design graphics for branding, such as logos, and for websites and professional publications, such as brochures, magazines and newsletters.

Admission Requirements

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Major Requirements

The graphic design major provides a broad overview of graphic design with coursework in typography, color theory, publication design, photography, history and principles of graphic design, writing for communication and more.

Communicate Through Design

Graphic designers learn the fundamentals of drawing or design, publication design, graphic imaging for multimedia, photography, history and principles of graphic design, advanced publication design, writing for communication professions, advanced graphic design and portfolio.

Common Careers

  • Graphic Designer
  • Social Media Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Brand Designer
  • Website Designer
  • Digital Content Creator
  • Art Director
  • Multimedia Specialist
Olivia Hayenhjelm
“Having been able to establish close relationships with professors that truly want me to succeed has made a huge impact on my post-graduate career."
Olivia Hayenhjelm
B.A. in Graphic Design, Class of 2021

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Engaged Learning

Learning by doing. That’s the driving principle behind Engaged Learning at Rider. It’s where theory meets practice, giving you the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and insights you’ve gained in the classroom to real-world situations and professional settings.

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Communication in Motion

Rider's Department of Communication, Journalism, and Media offers one of the most extensive communication internship programs anywhere. Because Rider is located in a media-rich corridor densely populated with communication outlets as well as major corporations and non-profit organizations, opportunities usually outnumber available students.


Graphic Design (B.A.)

Yun Xia

Professor of Communication

Fine Arts Building

yxia [at]


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