Graphic Design (BSD)

The faculty in The Design School offer the BSD in graphic design.

Graphic designers are responsible for designing how information is communicated. Forms of communication include print, video, film and electronic (Web). Graphic designers are concerned with:

  • appearance
  • choosing the appropriate mechanism for communication
  • clarity of information and its effectiveness
  • how communication is transferred and received

This program places an emphasis on strategic communication, developed through a design process that includes research, analysis, conceptualization, planning and realization. The process leads to innovative visual communication design solutions for contemporary design problems that are local to global in scope.

All students who are admitted to the major must pass a degree milestone at the end of the first year to continue in the major. For more information on the milestone process, students should visit

This is an eight-semester program requiring sequential completion of studio coursework (or approved equivalent) at any point of entry.

Degree Offered

Graphic Design (BSD)
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Career Outlook

Based on a diversified portfolio upon graduation, students opting for the graphic design profession gain employment in:

  • advertising and marketing design
  • brand and corporate identity design
  • broadcast (TV graphics) design
  • interaction and interface design
  • museum or exhibition design
  • publication design
  • visual communication design
  • Web design

Specific examples of graphic designers' work include:

  • annual reports
  • books
  • environmental graphics
  • information design
  • motion graphics
  • multimedia presentations
  • publications
  • Web sites

Students may also pursue graduate studies leading to careers in design education and other fields of professional endeavor in design.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Multimedia Artists and Animators6%$63,630
Art Directors2.4%$85,610
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary10.8%$64,300
Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists7.9%$44,070
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.3%$62,330
Computer Programmers-8%$77,550
Designers, All Other6.2%$49,310
Desktop Publishers-21%$38,200
Graphic Designers1.4%$45,900
Commercial and Industrial Designers 2%$64,620
Instructional Designers and Technologists 7%$61,550
Instructional Coordinators7%$61,550
Artists and Related Workers, All Other0.4%$58,250
Prepress Technicians and Workers-24.6%$37,200
Set and Exhibit Designers6.8%$49,810

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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