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Graphic Design (B.F.A.)

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 & 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 & Schiller Advertising

Suggested Certificates

  • Animation
  • Art History
  • Experiential Learning
  • Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, and/or Sculpture

Suggested Minors

  • Advertising
  • Studio Arts
  • Film Studies
  • Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Leadership

Clubs and Organizations

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

To learn more specific details about program requirements, view this program in the course catalog.

View the recommended academic plan.

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.