Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics
Program Delivery: On Campus, Online, UPOWER
Program is available on campus, entirely online and in a fully online, self-paced format.

Associate Degree in Digital Design and Graphics

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 11.0803O*NET OnlineBureau of Labor Statistics

The Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics program prepares students for entry-level positions and further study in many areas of the graphics industry including print and interactive media design and production, 2D and 3D computer-generated graphics and animation, photography, marketing graphic production, presentation graphics, video game production, as well as the design and production of commercial, industrial and engineering graphics using CAD. This program blends design principles and practical, production oriented knowledge and skills. The required courses provide students with a solid foundation, and elective choices that allow students some degree of specialization based on their individual interests and goals.

Is a Bachelor of Science in Digital Design and Graphics Degree Right for Me?

Art comes in many different forms, and with the evolution of technology, the computer is now one of the most popular canvases in use today.

This program may be a good choice for you if:

  • You are artistic and creative.
  • You enjoy problem solving.
  • You are a good communicator.
  • You enjoy working with technology.
  • You enjoy working with others.
  • You want to continue your education and obtain a Bachelor of Science in Digital Design and Graphics.

What is the Digital Design and Graphics Career Outlook?

Employment of graphic designers is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The change in employment of graphic designers from 2016 to 2026 is projected to vary by industry. For example, employment of graphic designers in newspaper, periodical, book, and directory publishers is projected to decline 22 percent from 2016 to 2026. Employment of graphic designers in computer systems design and related services is projected to grow 20 percent over the same period.*

What Can I Do with This Degree?


  • Signage
  • Newspaper Design
  • Digital Pre-Press
  • Printing
  • Magazine Design
  • Web Design


  • Television
  • Video Production
  • Video Game Design
  • Animation


  • Corporate In-House Designer
  • Computer Aided Drafting
  • Real Estate
  • Packaging Design
  • Public Relations
  • Graphic Designer


What Will I Learn?

You may enter the Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics on-campus or online program during any semester. A full-time student enrolled in 12 semester hour credits per term, or typically three courses, can complete this program in approximately two years.

In the UPOWER™ program, you may begin six months of unlimited course access on the first day of any month. You will be required to complete a minimum of 12 credits during the six months. However, there is no limit on the number of credits you may earn during the period.

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How is Hodges University’s Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics Program Different?

Hodges University’s Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics program not only prepares students with the technical skills they need to succeed in today’s graphic arena, but also provides a solid base in both liberal arts and business skills.

UPOWER™ Self-Paced Competency-Based Learning

UPOWER LogoTake advantage of your current knowledge with our UPOWER™ competency-based learning format. UPOWER™ is a self-paced, academically rigorous and highly affordable degree completion option that allows students to get maximum credit for prior learning, including previous work experience. Students receive the same high-quality education they would expect in a traditional classroom. However, students also have the advantage of completing courses and working with faculty at their own pace while earning their master’s degree at a fraction of the cost of a typical college education.

ADDA LogoOur Program Is Certified

Our curriculum is certified by the  American Digital Design Association (ADDA). Curriculum Certification provides recognition to schools and training facilities whose curriculum in "Design Drafting" or "Digital Design  (Graphic Arts)" meets or exceeds industry standards.

ADDA Curriculum Certification acknowledges the standards established and approved by the ADDA, and supported by related organizations such as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Code Council, the American Society of Testing Materials, Association of Career and Technical Educators, and many others.

The Curriculum Certification also provides a means of encouraging schools to develop and upgrade program curriculum to better prepare students to meet workforce and employment requirements, a goal Hodges University strongly supports.

Our Faculty

Fisher School of Technology students also have the advantage of learning from faculty members who have real-world experience.

Our Curriculum and Technology

Our Associate in Science in Digital Design and Graphics program blends design principles and practical, production-oriented knowledge and skills that are necessary to land high demand careers. The required courses provide students with a solid foundation, and elective choices allow students a degree of specialization based on their individual interests and goals.

Hodges University offers students the use of updated computer systems with the Microsoft Office Suite of products, local and wide area networks, direct access to the internet, a technology oriented library, and technology labs. More than 50 percent of classrooms at Hodges are equipped with a computer for each seat, including several classrooms that are outfitted for advanced technology studies.

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Your admissions coordinator will:

  • Help you complete the application in its entirety.
  • Help you obtain necessary transcripts.
  • Schedule your admissions test (if necessary).
  • Coordinate the financial aid process with a financial aid professional.
  • Refer you to your academic advisor for class scheduling.
  • Give you information regarding your orientation.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Hodges family!

Your Faculty Members

Arkady Grinberg
Adjunct Faculty
Arthur “Chip” McElroy
Program Chair, Digital Design and Graphics
Chad Abel
Adjunct Faculty
Jesse Adams
Adjunct Faculty
Paul Heinrich
Adjunct Faculty

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