Graphic Design – Program Features

Project Based Learning

Maryville offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in graphic design, an intensely focused, professional degree that prepares students for a career in the field of communication design. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) curriculum reduces the number of graphic design course requirements allowing the student to pursue a double major or a minor in another discipline.

Graduating seniors work on a yearlong capstone project, presenting their final work to a panel of professional designers. Their work is then showcased in a public exhibition.

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is a national organization made up of nearly 25,000 professionals engaged in the discipline, practice and culture of designing. Maryville has the largest AIGA student chapter in the state of Missouri with numerous opportunities to interact with design professionals throughout the region. AIGA sponsors an annual student conference featuring portfolio exhibitions and reviews by local designers.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few.

Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.

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