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Tuition Fees:$19,241 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Campus:Cairo Campus
Application Deadline: March 2021
Programme Overview

The Graphic Design major prepares students for a wide range of professional options. Branding, advertising, publication, web, digital and broadcast design, exhibition and type design are all possible career paths. The major offers both theory and studio courses that will enable design students to integrate a good command of visual language with conceptual work, theory, and technology.

Classes are mostly critique based, encouraging debate, discussion, and lateral thinking, utilizing formal and practical knowledge. Most course work is conducted in studios. Classes are taught by a group of accomplished faculty supported by visiting faculty, guest lecturers, field trips, camps, and workshops. Students create work that is uniquely theirs helping them build a portfolio from which they can build their careers.

Declaration of the Graphic Design Major
To be eligible to declare a Graphic Design major, students must have completed two courses in the program: DSGN 200/2200 – Design Foundations (3 cr.) , DSGN 213/2113 – Introduction to Visual Cultures (3 cr.). After the completion of these two courses, students are requested to sit for a portfolio interview where a committee evaluates their work.

Based on the availability of space, a limited number of students who have successfully completed their courses and who present a promising portfolio as determined by the department will be accepted in the major.
Students who did not pass the interview can sit for another interview after they take DSGN 201/2201 – Design Principles & Practices (3 cr.) and DSGN 215/2115 – History of Graphic Design (3 cr.). The second interview is the final one.

If a student is rejected after the second interview, then they cannot declare graphic design as a major, but they are eligible to register for any of the DSGN minors. Please note that the required GPA for the four DSGN course to declare the major or the minor should be 3.0.


A total of 120 credits are required for the bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.
Core Curriculum (40 credits)
Concentration Requirements (30 Credits)
– Design Foundations (3 cr.)
– Design Principles & Practices (3 cr.)
– Typography I (3 cr.)
– Typography II (3 cr.)
– Introduction to Visual Cultures (3 cr.)
– History of Graphic Design (3 cr.)
– Digital Practice I (3 cr.)
– Production for Designers (3 cr.)
– Senior Project Thesis (3 cr.)
– Senior Project Practice (3 cr.)

Additional requirements (30 credits)
1. Professional Practice, Choose five
– Logo and Visual Identity Design (3 cr.)
– Publication Design (3 cr.)
– Packaging Design (3 cr.)
– Retail Design (3 cr.)
– Interactive Design (3 cr.)
– Type Design (3 cr.)
– Advertising and Branding (3 cr.)
– Selected Topics in Design (3 cr.)

2) Technical Practice, Choose THREE:
– Color (3 cr.)
– Illustration (3 cr.)
– Animation (3 cr.)
– Digital Practices II (3 cr.)
– Photography for Designers (3 cr.)
– Design field practices (3 cr.)
– Portfolio (3 cr.)
– Introduction to Drawing (3 cr.)
– Introduction to Time-Based Media (3 cr.)

History and Theory, choose TWO:
– History of Advertising in the Arab World (3 cr.)
– History of Arabic Calligraphy (3 cr.)
– History of Graphic Design in the Arab world (3 cr.)
– The Art of the Book in the Islamic World (3 cr.)

Electives (20 credits)

Admission Requirements

The university and the Egyptian Ministry of Education require that all students joining AUC undergraduate program complete a minimum of twelve years of primary and secondary education prior to enrollment in university courses. Applicants must provide proof, that they have completed at least twelve years of education.

All undergraduate degree-seeking admission applicants are required to submit official secondary school academic transcripts, and certificates. Applicants who have attempted post-secondary studies must also submit official academic transcripts, and/ certificates from each post-secondary school attended regardless of whether they have earned credit or seek transfer credit. All academic records not in English or Arabic must be accompanied by certified English translations.

All undergraduate degree applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting valid Academic IELTS, or International TOEFL or completed college-level English coursework.

Non-Egyptian Applicants and/or their sponsors must provide official evidence indicating that a minimum of $36,000 is available to cover the tuition, fees, travel, and living expenses for the first year of study at the University

Application Process
Application Fees for Egyptian Students: $84
Application Fees for International Students: $84

How to Apply
1- Submit the online application form. (Application is available online only). The application can be renewed from the fall to the spring semester of the same academic year only. A new application should be submitted for a new academic year.
2- Fulfill the requirements of your secondary school certificate. The most common secondary school certificates accepted by AUC are listed below. The minimum cut-off scores for each certificate may change from one semester to another according to University requirements. Having the minimum academic requirements does not grant you an offer of a place but rather ensures entry to the selection process.
– Thanawiya Amma
– German Abitur
– IGCSE/GCSE/GCE British Certificate
– International Baccalaureate
– French Baccalaureate
– American High School Diploma
– Canadian Certificates
– Other Certificates

1. Late submission of admission credentials decreases your chances of declaring science and engineering majors because places in these programs are limited.
2. Check that you have fulfilled all the University’s language requirements, as demonstrated by your TOEFL/IELTS scores.
– Results of the TOEFL/IELTS exams may be sent directly to the admissions office. AUC’s code number is 0903
– Both tests should be completed no more than two years prior to the first day of the term for which you are applying for admission
– English placement depends on your TOEFL/IELTS test scores
– Students who believe their placement in the ELI is not appropriate for their level of English proficiency are encouraged to re-take the TOEFL or IELTS. AUC does not offer “exemption” exams of any kind
– The deadline to submit improved English placement test scores is the last working day before the first day of classes each semester

3. Check that you have submitted all required documents by the set deadlines. Your application and a final admission decision will be pending the submission of all these documents. Applications submitted after the set deadlines will be considered according to space availability.
4. Provisional Admission: AUC considers the most academically qualified applicants for provisional admission if they earned excellent grades or submitted the necessary documents prior to the set deadlines.
5. Final acceptance will be given after submitting your final transcript and proof of graduation by or before the assigned deadlines.

About the Application Deadlines:
**Spring Semester (American system) which begins in January and ends in early May, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline October 1, 2020.
**Fall Semester (American system) which starts in late August and ends in late December, has as Undergraduate Application Deadline March 1, 2021.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities for Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design include:
– Art Director
– Creative Director
– Drafter (Architecture and Engineering)
– Film and Video Editor
– Graphic Designer
– Industrial/Product Designer
– Marketing Manager
– Multimedia Artist/Animator

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Tuition Fees for Egyptian Students: $19,241
Tuition Fees for International Students: $21,858

**Tuition Fee per year for Egyptian Students: 305,827EGP ($19,410)
**Tuition Fee per year for International Students: 347,424EGP ($22,050)
– The tuition rate is based on a flat rate of $647 for Egyptian students per credit hour and $735 for international students per credit hour.
– Tuition fees for Egyptian students may be paid in Egyptian pounds according to CIB (Commercial International Bank) exchange rate on the day of payment. Tuition fees for international students must be paid in US dollars.
– Tuition fees are collected each semester. No student with an outstanding bill (including charges for breakage or library fines) will be admitted to any examination, given any certificate or report of academic standing, or be permitted to register for a subsequent semester.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Jeanne Arnold
Chair, Department of Arts
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries