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Graphic Design (B.F.A.)

  • Location IconBrookings Main Campus

The difference is design.

Become a graphic designer, web designer, typeface designer or art director. Today's graphic artists are the visual masterminds behind the complex design challenges of the professional world. The major in graphic design prepares students for entry-level design positions. Professional graphic designers plan and execute designs for visual communication according to the needs of audiences and clients in the context for which they are intended.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong skills in art and design.
  • Work well with technology.
  • Are committed to developing your talent.
  • Have a creative, expressive, curious personality.
  • Have excellent leadership and communication skills.

Career Opportunities

  • Graphic designer
  • Web/interactive designer
  • Advertising designer
  • Art director/creative director
  • Logo and brand identity design

Recent Employers

  • Lawrence and Schiller Advertising
  • Lemonly – information graphics design agency
  • Blend Interactive Web Strategies
  • NBC Universal Sports
  • Daktronics

Internship Opportunities

  • Fresh Produce – advertising and marketing strategies
  • Daktronics
  • IBM Design: design in motion
  • SDSU Wellness Center
  • Lawrence and Schiller Advertising

Clubs and Organizations

  • American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • Art Club
  • Advertising Club
  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Club

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.