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

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, digital art and digital media.

Graphic Design Faculty

Graphic Design Student Work

View more work by graphic design students.

UA Art Students Design Food & Wine Festival Logo

Students in Jonathan Cumberland’s Brand & Identity Systems course (ART 334) designed the logo for this year’s West Alabama Food & Wine Festival, which took place at the Tuscaloosa River Market, Thursday, April 7.. Alyssa Sons, Hannah Trummell and Rachel Walser designed the winning proposal for the festival’s visual identity. Along with the new logo,

Digital Media – Graphic Design BFA Seniors Unveil Thesis Show

The University of Alabama’s Department of Art and Art History presents the 2022 Senior BFA Thesis Exhibition – Digital Media/Graphic Design, April 20-25, 2022, in the Sella-Granata Art Gallery, in Woods Hall on UA campus. In this exhibition, five seniors whose primary concentration is digital media with a graphic design track present their final thesis

UA Art & Art History Receives CDC Foundation Funding for Project to Promote Vaccine Education and Acceptance in the Black Belt

The University of Alabama (UA)’s Department of Art and Art History is being funded to create innovative and accurate poster designs that will harness the power of the arts to engage audiences and participants of all ages in overcoming COVID-19 and influenza vaccine hesitancy.  With support from the CDC Foundation, the messaging will promote vaccine