Studio Art

Graphic Design

a student designing a websiteOverview

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 graphic design area of focus in the BFA in digital media 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

Graphic design is a track within the BFA concentration of digital media. Students pursuing graphic design must declare digital media as their BFA concentration. Here is a sample four-year plan of courses for the Graphic Design track.

Careers in Graphic Design

  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Art Director
  • Creative 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.

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, digital art and digital media.

Graphic Design Faculty

Graphic Design Student Work

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BFA Seniors Take Next Step to Graduation

The University of Alabama’s department of art and art history is proud to present the 2021 Senior BFA Thesis Exhibition, April 14-20, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery. In this exhibition, seven seniors present their final thesis work in order to fulfill the requirements of the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. The BFA is the professional

Student Spotlight: Britt Guynes, Graphic Designer and Electronic Musician

Creating in more than one field in the arts can enhance both areas. BFA major Britt Guynes is sure he wants to get a job in graphic design when he graduates next year, but Guynes also enjoys playing and composing electronic music. He has been developing his skills for several years and doesn’t see that

Graphic Design Professor Awarded Bronze in International Competition

Assistant Professor Jonathan Cumberland designed two posters that were juried into the 2020 Ecuador Poster Bienal. One of the most competitive international graphic design poster competitions, a jury headlined by AIGA medalist Stefan Sagmeister selected from more than 11,000 entries from around the world. Cumberland’s poster, titled Architectural Transformation, received a bronze award. The main