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Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program

Lead the Future of Design

You have a strong foundation in design and an undeniable passion for excellence. Now, become A Modern Leader. Join the next generation of design leaders who lead with persistence, passion, creativity, and care for our world. The Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Design Leadership will sharpen your knowledge of design, expand your portfolio, and build a strong foundation in entrepreneurship, leadership, and strategy. The culmination of this two-year program is a cooperative learning experience. Unlock even more opportunities for employment and career advancement by earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Design Leadership.*

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* While 93% of graduates eligible for career services who began The Modern’s Associate’s Program on August 25, 2014 (50 of 54) gained employment in the advertising field by July 30, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook states that a Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design or a related field is usually required to be employed as a graphic designer or art director in the U.S. (United States Department of Labor, 2016).

Admissions Requirements

Students must complete the Associate’s Degree Program, or at least two years of a design-related program at another institution, and have earned a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Application Requirements

Students may apply after completing at least one year of the Associate’s Degree Program or one year in a design-related program at another institution. All alumni are eligible to apply.

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Full-Time Curriculum

Part-time, Accelerated, and Online program options are available

The Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program is available in full-time, part-time, accelerated, and online options. To complete the program, the full-time schedule takes approximately two years; the part-time option requires three years. Classes will be held between 8:30am and 10:00 pm Monday through Friday. Part-time courses meet twice a week.



Branding, Web Design IV, Motion Design II, or Video Production II


Art Direction & Copywriting, Web Design V, Motion Design III, or Video Production III


Business Fundamentals


Entrepreneurship & Business Development


Design Leadership


Research & Visualization


Marketing II


Integrated Marketing & Strategy


Career Development




Organizational Communication


Anthropology & Human Behavior


Research Methods & Practice


Concepts in Physics: Light & Color


History of 20th Century Art, Music, & Culture


Environmental Science


Portfolio Completion II

60 Total Credit Hours

Additional general education courses may be required to meet the program’s graduation requirements. Contact the Registrar to learn more.


Build a framework so any organization can head in the right direction, accomplish a goal, and be successful. The Modern Leader gains experience creating and implementing integrated marketing strategies for an ever-increasingly digital world. Learn how to analyze the best methods, create the ideal campaigns, and measure results.


Great results are seldom accomplished alone. The Modern Leader studies art direction, business ethics, leadership philosophies, and concepts of diversity, and learns how to foster the creativity of others while ensuring business needs are met.


Start your startup here. Each Modern Leader will design and create a business plan for the development of a new business venture. Review approaches to entrepreneurship, best practices in business development, and presentation of business ideas, as you learn how to form and lead a startup organization.

Graphic Design

Make the world beautiful. The Modern student learns to design packaging, posters, brand identities, book covers, retail design, brochures, and more. Make your mark on the world through engaging and stimulating designs that increase engagement and excite audiences around the world.

Monica Alexander

Web Design

Creating beautiful websites is crucial because of our digital lifestyles. The Modern student uses HTML and CSS to develop fully functional, responsive websites, designing across multiple platforms.

Joelle Kaiser


In our digital age, customer service relies on an excellent user experience (UX). The number of user interfaces (UI) that are available to any given consumer is astounding. The Modern student concentrates on making designs accessible, intuitive, and attractive. Help build something that people love to use.

Bryce Herbst


Video is everywhere. As businesses attempt to create appropriate footage for their consumers, designers help produce targeted and engaging stories. The Modern student writes scripts, develops storyboards, and produces video.

Mark Wilson

Motion Design

Designs are on the move and not slowing down. Many industries understand the value of giving a user an engaging design that is anything but stagnant. The Modern student designs and animates 2D motion graphics to help businesses grow, websites improve, and users stay interested.

Brian Webb


Advertising agencies are looking for exceptional skill in a crowded marketplace. The Modern students are prepared to meet this demand as they receive practical training to lead as an Art Director and Creative Director in their own professional campaign. Students then use their professional work to create a variety of industry relevant advertisements.

Brooke Overly (Berger)


As marketing changes we prepare our students to stay relevant, agile, and successful in a variety of industries and markets. Students work collaboratively to create, design, and present marketing plans that are judged by industry leaders. Selected students are given the opportunity to compete in the American Advertising Federation’s National Student Advertising Competition.

2017 NSAC Team / District 5 Champions + Best Creative


Agencies and businesses need individuals who can implement solutions that are unique and inspiring. As markets get more crowded, the creative professional is in high demand. The Modern student is prepared to see beyond the obvious and incorporate creative solutions that stand above the industry average.

Bryce Herbst