Program overview

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.

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Program 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

Internships & Co-ops

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.

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

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.


Graphic Design (B.A.)

Yun Xia


Department of Communication, Journalism, and Media

Fine Arts Building

yxia [at]


Academic Focus: Communication

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