Graphic Design Major

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design focuses on visual communication through a variety of media, from traditional to contemporary, and prepares students to continue refining their skills well past the classroom.

The BFA in Graphic Design begins with a foundation of basic principles of composition, design, layout and essential typographic skills, expanding these in terms of client needs and user interactions. Projects cover a wide range of graphic forms, with special emphasis digital media. The degree emphasizes effective communication across a variety of media, including print, web and electronic.

Beyond fundamental courses, classes are taught in the Academy style, with students from all levels in the same class. This offers the opportunity to learn from your peers as well as more advanced students. With the departmental emphasis on the figurative, skills and techniques are stressed, providing the basis for creative exploration, as well as instilling the idea of continual learning. Classes are small, allowing for much interaction between students and the instructor, and students and their peers.

With a faculty of working artists, an ongoing visiting artist program, and an active gallery, opportunities are present for students to interact with professionals in the art world outside of the classroom, an important factor for artists at any level.

Program Highlights

  • Develop a design skill set that encompasses web design, print design more
  • Engage in adaptive design — deliver content in multiple ways on multiple platforms
  • Interdisciplinary approach
  • Hands-on, interactive and engaging
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design focuses on visual communication through a variety of media, from traditional to contemporary, and prepares students to continue refining their skills well past the classroom.

The BFA in Graphic Design begins with a foundation of basic principles of composition, design, layout and essential typographic skills, expanding these in terms of client needs and user interactions. Projects cover a wide range of graphic forms, with special emphasis digital media. The degree emphasizes effective communication across a variety of media, including print, web and electronic.

Beyond fundamental courses, classes are taught in the Academy style, with students from all levels in the same class. This offers the opportunity to learn from your peers as well as more advanced students. With the departmental emphasis on the figurative, skills and techniques are stressed, providing the basis for creative exploration, as well as instilling the idea of continual learning. Classes are small, allowing for much interaction between students and the instructor, and students and their peers

With a faculty of working artists, an ongoing visiting artist program, and an active gallery, opportunities are present for students to interact with professionals in the art world outside of the classroom, an important factor for artists at any level.

  • Upper level web design courses explore scripting and coding, emphasizing user-orientated responsive web sites
  • Develop solid foundation for continued learning

Career Opportunities

  • Graphic designer
  • Web designer
  • App designer
  • Art director

Alumni in the Workforce

  • Tierney Carron (BFA-Graphic Design, 2014), Graphic/Web Designer, müv ideas, St. Louis MO
  • Alex Linek (BFA-Graphic Design, 2013), Creative Producer, Brevity| Digital Design and Branding, St. Louis MO
  • Kayla Leech (BFA-Graphic Design, 2013), Marketing Specialist, Client Services Inc., St. Louis MO
  • Kelia Hamilton (BFA-Graphic Design, 2012), Office Manager, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center, Erlanger KY
  • Lisa Kuntz (BFA-Graphic Design, 2005), Owner/Creative Director, müv ideas, St. Louis MO
  • Stephanie Richardson (BFA-Graphic Design, 2004), Design Manager (North America), Schattdecor, St. Louis MO

Graphic Design Course Samples

  • ART 100

    Beginning Drawing

    3 credits

    Basic skills in life drawing will be covered. The use of line, shape, value, and composition will be explored as tools in visual communication.

  • ART 115

    Graphic Design I

    3 credits

    This course introduces design elements and principles. Focus will be on composition, typography, color, and imaging, for a variety of media including print and electronic media. Students will explore communicating information through a variety of media

  • ART 218

    Vector and Bitmap Imaging

    3 credits

    Introduction to digital means of artistic production. Topics include scanning, image correction, and digital manipulation of images, both bitmap and vector.

Graphic Design Career Opportunities

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