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.
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
- 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.
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, digital art and digital media.
Graphic Design Faculty
- Jonathan Cumberland, Assistant Professor, Digital Media and Graphic Design
- Cassandra Palmer, Instructor
- Mark Sniadecki, Instructor
- Allison Grant, Assistant Professor of Art, Photography
- Christopher Jordan, Associate Professor of Art, Photography and Digital Media
Graphic Design Student Work
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
UPDATE: The exhibition is open December 4-11, 2020 and January 7- 29, 2021. The University of Alabama Gallery will close for UA holidays on December 11, 2020, and reopen on January 7, 2021. Over the past century, the South’s long history of folk art has been explored by a wide variety of writers, researchers and
Senior BFA major Anna Sella was one of three student designers selected from more than 120 applicants nationwide to present her graphic design portfolio for a live review during AIGA Portfolio Festival Day. Designer Michael Bierut, a partner at the design firm Pentagram, reviewed her work live on Facebook for members of the American Institute