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.
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
- Brand Designer
- Package Designer
- Mobile App Designer
- Interactive Designer
- User Experience Designer
- Publication Designer
- Environmental Designer
Find out more: AIGA’s Career Guide.
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.
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
- Jonathan Cumberland, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
- Cassandra Palmer, Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
- Allison Grant, Assistant Professor of Art, Photography
- Celestia Morgan, Assistant Professor of Art, Photography
Graphic Design Student Work
UA Art and Art History Featured in New CDC Museum Exhibition about the Power of the Arts in Public Health Outreach
“Trusted Messengers” exhibition showcases diverse and innovative works of art created to promote confidence in COVID-19 vaccines. (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) — Through a unique partnership between public health and the arts,
The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History presents the 2022 Senior BFA Thesis Exhibition, December 6-9, 2022, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, in Woods Hall on UA
Faculty, graduate students and alumni of UA art and art history made their mark at this year’s SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference), where they presented their current research at the