UA’s Graphic Design Program Named a GDUSA Top Design School

In May, Graphic Design USA included UA’s Department of Art and Art History graphic design program in its list of Top Design Schools. GDUSA is one of the oldest graphic design organizations in America and has been a news source for graphic designers for six decades, sponsoring national design competitions, and recognizing up-and-coming designers around the country.

UA student accolades have been growing since the BFA in graphic design was established in the department in 2021.

The February 2024 issue of Graphic Design USA included two UA BFA graphic design majors in their “Students to Watch” feature: Katelyn Daniewicz (BFA 2023) and senior BFA major Darrell Shelby.

Four students in Assistant Professor Jonathan Cumberland’s graphic design classes have been recognized for their work in the 60th GDUSA Annual Showcase. Katelyn Daniewicz (BFA 2023), from Northport, Ala., won for a logo design. Katie Nebbia (BFA 2023), from Buffalo, NY, won for her design of a mobile website. Senior Andy Nguyen, from Madison, Ala., won for his design of a mobile website. Junior Reese Yarbrough, from Alabaster, Ala., won for a brochure design. The students are all BFA graphic design majors.

Closer to home, three BFA graphic design majors won local ADDY awards in December. Reese Yarbrough won the Gold ADDY and Best in Show for Book Design and the Silver ADDY and the Judge’s Choice Award for Editorial Design for her “Baldessari Interview.” Andy Nguyen won the Silver ADDY for Book Design, and junior Jacey Wieter won the Silver ADDY for Collateral/Brochure design.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in art history and studio art, visit our Degree Programs page.