Online Bachelor of Arts in Interactive and Graphic Design

Online Degree Completion Program

The Bachelor of Design (B.Des) Interactive and Graphic Design online program is a cutting-edge degree that offers both breadth and depth of study in the field of design. Millersville University is the only PASSHE school to offer the B.Des degree.

The Interactive and Graphic Design major enables you to develop technical and creative skill sets based on recommended standards from both the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

The B.Des. program at Millersville provides students with opportunities to learn best practices and design with new technology. By keeping current with technological demands placed on the discipline, graduates can work in different environments that contribute to local, regional, and global economic vitality.

*Please note, the online Interactive and Graphic Design program is typically completed part-time. 


The BDES online program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).  

Program Benefits and Outcomes

  • Flexible- 100% online courses 
  • Classes starting every fall and spring 
  • Courses offered year-round to complete your degree faster 
  • Flexibility to work while earning your degree 
  • Content based on current contemporary professional practices 
  • Modern approach to theory and technology 
  • Mimics the workplace environment of design 

Career Opportunities

Millersville’s design students have worked at internationally renowned companies like Apple, Intel, and Code and Theory, as well as local companies like Hershey, Auntie Anne’s and Infantree. 

Potential careers for BDES graduates include: 

  • Graphic Designer 
  • Print Designer 
  • Interactive Designer 
  • User Experience Professional 
  • Motion Designer 
  • Web Designer 
  • Publication Designer  
  • Admissions and Program Requirements

    Admissions Requirements

    To apply for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

    • At least 60 transferable college credits
    • A 2.0 or higher overall GPA
    • Completion of the DESN 240, DESN 144, ART 142, and ART 242 required pre-requisite courses (see pre-requisites below for more information)

    You must also submit the following:

    • A completed online application 
    • An official transcript from ALL previous institutions of higher education attended

    Early acceptance is also offered for students in their final semester of an Associate's program


    Completion of at least 60 transferrable credits is required before starting. 

    The following prerequisite courses or their transfer equivalent must also be completed before beginning the program: 

    • DESN 240 Typography I
    • DESN 144 Digital Theory
    • ART 142 Drawing 2D
    • ART 242 Drawing 3D

    Program Major Requirements 

    The online Interactive and Graphic Design program is a 120-credit degree-completion program (including transferred credits).  

    Required Major Courses:

    • DESN 244 Typography II
    • DESN 246 Intro to Sequence, Motion and Visual Communication
    • DESN 247 Intro to Web, Experience and Interaction Design
    • DESN 307 Visual Communication Design History
    • DESN 344: Visual Communication and Graphic Design I
    • ART 493 Portfolio
    • 9 credits focused in Graphic Design
    • 9 credits focused in Interactive Design
    • 15 credits of electives in Design
    • 9 credits of electives in Art History

    Additional general education or elective courses may be required depending on transfer credits. 

    After applying, a transfer evaluation will be conducted to identify how many general education credits you will need to take to fulfill degree requirements. 

  • Online Application & Acceptance Process
    • To apply for admission, please complete our quick and easy application!
    Send in all official transcripts
    • Electronic Transcripts
      • Send electronic official transcripts directly from the school to our office at
      • Electronic transcripts are typically the fastest way to submit transcripts.
    • Mailed Transcripts
      • Have mailed official transcripts sent directly to our office:

        Office of Online Programs
        Millersville University
        Lyle Hall, Room 208
        P.O. Box 1002
        Millersville, PA 17551

    **Transcripts must be sealed, official copies sent directly from the university or college to our office.  Any opened transcripts (electronic or mailed) are considered unofficial copies**

    Millersville University’s Online Programs offer rolling admissions and applications are reviewed for acceptance as they become complete.

    Online Acceptance Process

    Once all application documents are received, an official admissions decision will be made and a transfer credit evaluation will be completed. If accepted into the program, a packet will be mailed with further admissions information.

    To confirm acceptance and secure a spot in the program, the admissions response form and a $150 acceptance deposit must be submitted either electronically or by mail.

    Confirm Electronically:

    Confirm By Mail:
    • Deposit checks and money orders must be made out to "Millersville University" and mailed to our office address:

      Office of Online Programs
      Millersville University
      Lyle Hall, Room 208
      PO. Box 1002
      Millersville, PA 17551
  • Cohort Start Dates

    This program has cohorts starting every August and January.

    Cohort Start Date
    Fall 2021 Cohort August 23rd, 2021
    Spring 2022 Cohort January 17, 2022

    Visit the FAQ's page for the online Interactive and Graphic Design program for more information on our frequently asked questions!

    Please also visit our Online Student Support Resources page for more information and additional resources available to online students!

  • Support for Online Application and Admissions

    Our Online Programs Admissions Counselor will work with students from the point of interest until confirming their acceptance to help answer questions, provide transcript updates, complete transcript evaluations, announce admission decisions and assist with confirming enrollment.

    Our Online Programs Student Support Specialists will then continue to assist online students throughout the entirety of the program to assist with any and all non-advisement questions.

    Contact our office at (717)871-7200 or for any assistance!

  • Additional Resources
    • Search for Online Courses
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    • Tuition & Fees for Undergraduate Students
      • Check this document for exact tuition & fees for undergraduates; this includes costs for both fully online & face-to-face students, as well as in-state & out-of-state.
    • Online Programs Student Forms
      • Visit this page for a complete list of student forms used by the Office of Online Programs, such as Change of Delivery (COD) forms and Admission Response forms.