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 a sample four-year plan 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
- 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
The UA Department of Art and Art History is excited to announce a new masthead design for our monthly newsletter. It was created in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator by Britt Guynes, a senior BFA major in digital media and sculpture. Guynes explained that he took photos in the center of Woods Quad: sky, flowers and
One of the top executives in the design industry, Michael Janda, recently visited with graphic design students in Cassandra Palmer’s ART 414 Portfolio class and held a Q&A session via Zoom. Janda founded the creative agency, Riser, whose clients have included Disney, Google, ABC, Fox, Warner Bros., NBC, ABC, National Geographic, TV Guide and numerous
The University of Alabama Department of Art and Art History is pleased to announce that it now offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in graphic design. Since 1945, when the University introduced the BFA degree program, it has offered the BFA degree in studio art with concentrations in specific areas (ceramics, digital media/graphic