The goal of the Graphic Design program is to help develop a person’s design abilities, knowledge and skills.
The Graphic Design program offers a professional design focus to students aspiring to careers in advertising, graphic and communication design. Students in the Graphic Design program create advertising campaigns and graphic works that together comprise a design portfolio. Many Graphic Design students enjoy success after graduation working in their professions as creative directors, art directors, graphic designers and digital designers or illustrators.
The School of Art’s Graphic Design area collaborates with Communications and Marketing, offering interdisciplinary advertising courses. This includes participation in the American Advertising Federation National Student Advertising Competition (AAF NSAC), a capstone advertising experience that enables students to work together as an ad agency for an international client. Graphic Design students participate in AAF events and field trips in cities across America.
Graphic Design students have opportunities to participate in Maymester travel courses with design study in major American cities: New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Atlanta and Miami. These classes visit top design firms and enjoy a personal experience meeting some of America’s premiere art and design professionals, in addition to visiting major museums and galleries.
The Graphic Design area offers internships for advanced students seeking applied design experience while still in school. SFA Graphic Design students have interned at Disney, The Richards Group, The Houston Chronicle, and D Magazine, among other companies. Interns must document their experience by submitting a portfolio of supervised design work. Intern portfolios are reviewed by instructors and the host supervisor at the end of the internship.