Digital Design and Graphics

Apply your Creativity. Make a Difference. Choose Hodges U.

Hodges University has the Digital Design and Graphics degree programs that will help you advance in your career and become an asset to your employer by using your creativity. Whether you are interested in a Digital Design Degree or a Graphic Design Degree, when you choose Hodges U for your career, you’ll be able to fill in-demand positions for employers in Southwest Florida.

Our Digital Design and Graphics Pathway is designed for working adults and will prepare you for a future you can build upon better than any other college or university in Southwest Florida. Why? Because we are embedded in the community and understand what businesses in our area need in graduates from our programs. Our class size is small at 14:1, and you’ll receive the individual attention you need to achieve educational success.

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Why Choose A Degree In Digital Design and Graphics from Hodges?

Where you start depends on where you are in your design career. Our admissions staff will help you determine the best course for your Digital Design and Graphics degree based on your digital design or graphics experience, prior education, and your educational goals.

Hodges Digital Design and Graphics Pathway prepares you to take on roles that are necessary for businesses to be successful. Continuing to further your education will also open your opportunities for advancement in Digital Design and Graphics, as well as other marketing fields.

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code: 11.0803

Master’s Degree in Visual Communications

If you’ve earned your Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Digital Design and Graphics, you may be interested in advancing your career and pursuing a more managerial position. Our Master of Arts in Visual Communication will help you get the edge you need to take your career to the next level.

Learn more about the Master’s in Visual Communications.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Digital Design

Is a Focus on Digital Design and Graphics (DDG) Right for Me?

Are you artistic? Creative? Enjoy problem-solving, working with technology, and working with others?  Are you a good communicator? If you answered “yes” to these questions, the concentration on Digital Media Design degree program might be the one for you!

At Hodges U, our Digital Design and Graphic Design program is certified by the American Digital Design Association (ADDA) and supported by organizations that include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the International Code Council, the American Society of Testing Materials, the Association of Career and Technical Educators, and more. This degree program is available either on campus or entirely online.

Open the path to your creativity by enrolling in the BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Focus in Digital Design and Graphics.

Prerequisites for the Bachelor of Science
Degree in Digital Design and Graphics

The Bachelor of Science in Digital Design and Graphics program does not have any prerequisites other than submitting your application to Hodges U to begin the program.

We do, however, allow you to transfer from other college or university programs and will apply transfer credits that you may have earned towards your Bachelor’s Degree. Plus, if you’ve already started your Associate Degree at Hodges, those credits transfer over seamlessly!

We work hard to make it as easy as possible for you to begin and succeed when you choose the Digital Design and Graphics Pathway at Hodges University.

Careers You’ll Be Able to Pursue

As online growth continues, graphic designers are needed to create visually appealing and effective websites as well as marketing products and services throughout the economy.  Demand for graphic designers in computer systems design and related services is expected to grow 20%*.


DDG Career Opportunities Include:

  • Graphic Designer – $30,938 – $61,276
  • Newspaper and Periodical Designer – $23,739 – $67,913
  • Public Relations Specialist – $32,766 – $70,509
  • Video Game Designer – $36,832 – $100,402
  • Graphic Design Specialist – $32,856 – $65,184


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Nichols School of Professional Studies

Thank you for considering the Nichols School of Professional Studies for your degree. We offer knowledgeable faculty and staff who are committed to assisting you on your pathway of educational success. Our faculty offers invaluable insight based on real-world experience in their areas of expertise.

Understanding the needs of our local community is paramount in the success of the Nichols School of Professional Studies. It’s also something we take seriously. Why? Because we strive to provide educational opportunities that prepare you for success in your chosen field. Students who are ready to work on their first day help local business add to their bottom line faster and improve the way of life for all of us in Southwest Florida. We have developed programs with a wide variety of disciplines that prepare you for the jobs of today – and the future.

Degrees that we offer include Interdisciplinary Studies, Criminal Justice, Paralegal and Legal Studies, as well as a certificate in eDiscovery / eLitigation. When you choose The Nichols School of Professional Studies, you can expect:

  • To master critical thinking, effective communication and research, which are three educational outcomes enabling you to be competitive in today’s changing environment
  • To receive a well-balanced, contemporary and challenging curriculum
  • A challenging and rewarding career in which you have the opportunity to put in to practice your educational theory.

If you are looking for online learning opportunities, The Nichols School of Professional Studies also offers both the associate and bachelor’s degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Master of Science in Legal Studies in an online format. Our other programs of study are offered in a combination of on-campus and online formats.

The most important factor in your education is the individual attention that you receive when you choose the Nichols School of Professional Studies. Small class sizes and one on one attention from our faculty make Hodges University the perfect choice to continue your education. The Dean, Dr. Mary Nuosce has an open door policy and invites you to stop by her office anytime, even just to say hello.

Associate of Arts with a Focus in Digital Design and Graphics

Get a well-rounded education when you choose the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree which will expose you to a variety of subjects (disciplines). To earn the A.A. degree, you’ll need to complete a total of 60 credit hours, 36 hours in general education courses and 24 hours in the Digital Design and Graphics field. Plus you can choose between online, on campus, or blended.

Do you love using Photoshop for design? Love creating Video Game Animation? Our AA in Digital Design and Graphics gives you the opportunity to try different avenues in 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.

Plus, our Associate degree prepares you to deep dive into the Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus in Digital Design and Graphics.

Careers in Digital Design and Graphics

The AA in Digital Design and Graphics can help you get started in the design and graphics careers that will give you opportunities for future growth and success.

  • Graphic Designer – $30,938 – $61,276
  • Mechanical Designer – $43,170 – $79,008

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Let’s Start Your Creative Path. Hodges U.

The School of Liberal Studies

Welcome to Hodges University as a new or continuing student in the School of Liberal Studies (SOLS).

The School of Liberal Studies offers English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and a college preparatory course for advanced ESL students. The school houses the Quality Enhancement Program (QEP) which focuses on Writing Across all Disciplines, making our students better-written communicators which translates directly to their career advancement opportunities. Additionally, the SOLS also offers required courses for varied degree programs at Hodges University.

The School of Liberal Studies and Hodges University offer many benefits such as:

  • Small class sizes so students are able to get to know their professors on a one-to-one basis.
  • Qualified faculty, many with real-world experience.
  • Faculty and staff ready to help students no matter their study or discipline.
  • Programs offered in a variety of methods to suit the needs of the adult learner. They are offered live and online, blended, and in accelerated formats, so students may graduate sooner.

Dean, Dr. Elsa Rogers knows you will enjoy your time here at Hodges and has an open door policy where she welcomes you to drop by anytime.

The Hodges University Difference

Brandon Collier - Digital Design and Graphics

As a first generation college student, Brandon Collier enrolled at Hodges University in 2009 to pursue an associate degree in computer information technology. Visiting other campuses in Fort Myers, it was Hodges that made an impact; providing a personalized approach and welcoming atmosphere. Receiving his degree in 2011, he continued his education and enrolled in the digital design and graphics bachelor’s program in the Fisher School of Technology.

Appreciative of the guidance and knowledge provided to him by Professor Chip McElroy, he viewed his professors, as well as other Hodges staff, as mentors who helped him to grow into a professional. “I was able to change who I was by learning and gaining knowledge and skills that not everyone has,” he explained.

While growing into a professional, Collier did face challenges. Feelings of doubt, limited time, frustration, challenging assignments and little peer-to-peer engagement often left him unsettled and uncertain; however, by focusing on his learning and asking professors for help, he overcame the struggles and persevered, graduating with his bachelor’s degree in 2014.

“One piece of advice I would give to students is to understand that you are changing things for the better by receiving the knowledge and skills that come along with a college degree. Keep your eye on the prize and remember, you are not in it alone.”

Be Bold. Be Inspired. Be You. Hodges U.

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