Studio Art

Graphic Design

Overview

Graphic design is an exciting and continually evolving field in today’s economy. Graphic designers create for print and digital applications in advertising, packaging, publishing, branding and more.

At UA, the BFA in graphic design prepares students with the fundamental skills to create visual responses to the communication challenges of the contemporary world. Our students gain vital experience in conceptual development, exploration of visual media and proficiency in creative technology. Upon completion of the program, students will have assembled a professional portfolio that showcases their design work in an array of applications.

Curriculum

Thinking of applying to the BFA major in graphic design? Here is the four-year course of study for the BFA major in graphic design. For information about applying, visit our Prospective Students page or call us at (205) 348-5967.

BFA in Graphic Design Entry Portfolio Review

To be fully admitted to the BFA in Graphic Design program, students must pass the BFA in Graphic Design portfolio review.
Download the guidelines here and application form here. Save both to your computer before filling out.

Careers in Graphic Design

  • Creative Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Brand Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Mobile App Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Publication Designer
  • Environmental Designer

Find out more: AIGA’s Career Guide.

Internships

Students can participate in approved internships for University credit. Students may enroll in an internship during fall, spring or summer semesters. Students must work no less than 135 hours during the semester to earn 3 credit hours. The Department of Art and Art History offers support in identifying potential positions, but it remains the obligation of the student to obtain the position.

Facilities & Technology

Our students have access to computer labs comprised of iMac desktop computers, Adobe CC, Epson large format printers, Wacom tablets, digital cameras and more.

Although we do not have a laptop requirement, many of our students purchase one by their sophomore year. If they do, we recommend students purchase a MacBook Pro with at least 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

Contact Us

For information about applying, visit our Prospective Students page or call us at (205) 348-5967.

UA Graphic Design News

Click on this link to read stories about our students and faculty in graphic design.

Graphic Design Faculty

Graphic Design Student Work

View more work by graphic design students.

#GetVaccinated Poster Designs Are Downloadable

Download the five poster designs created by Assistant Professor Jonathan Cumberland as part of a project funded by a grant from the CDC Foundation to promote COVID-19 and influenza vaccine education and acceptance in audiences of all ages. The five designs have been posted on roadside billboards and other public locations around four Black Belt

Graphic Design Professor’s Climate Change Poster Published

A digital poster by Assistant Professor Jonathan Cumberland, titled “Habitat,” is included in the book Posters for the Planet published by Princeton Architectural Press. The publication, which comes out October 18, 2022, includes 50 full-color tear-out tabloid-sized original posters. The publisher writes that each poster “conveys the urgent need to take action to combat climate

Portfolio Review Workshop for BFA in Graphic Design

WHAT: Workshop for the Portfolio Review WHO: Students Applying for BFA in Graphic Design Cohort WHEN: Friday, September 2, 2:00 p.m. WHERE: 308 Garland Hall  Students who plan to apply for the 2022-23 BFA in graphic design cohort must submit a portfolio for review by October 10, 2022, at 5: 00 p.m. A portfolio review