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 track 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, student 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.

Graphic Design Faculty

Jonathan Cumberland, Assistant Professor
Cassandra Palmer, Instructor