Program Features

B.F.A. or B.A.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design is an intensely focused, professional degree structured to facilitate development of a mature, diverse and competitive portfolio. It prepares students for full participation in the professional design community. The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Graphic Design is a liberal arts degree. The B.A. curriculum reduces the concentration in graphic design study in order to allow time for pursuit of a second strong academic interest, and is a good choice for a student considering a double major or a minor in a complementary discipline.


Q.  What is a graphic designer?

A.  A graphic designer uses language and images to visually communicate a message.

Q.  What kind of technology does a graphic designer use?

A.  The graphic design industry is solidly Macintosh-based. Students will find themselves learning a variety of applications that support image making, layout and typography design, web design, and professional portfolio presentation.

Q.  Do I have to be able to draw beautifully?

A.  No. Knowing how to draw is a great asset as a graphic designer, but what you really have to be able to do is think visually, have a good sense of spatial organization and sketch well enough to communicate an idea.

Q.  How will I know if the program is right for me?

A.  If you are a motivated individual who is visually oriented, solid academically and independently minded, you will feel right at home in this program.  A graphic designer needs to be receptive, collaborative and interested in the creative and intellectual process as well as the final product.

Program Events

  • Senior Capstone Presentations
    Individual design research projects presented to a  panel of professional designers.
  • Senior Exhibit
    A public exhibit showcasing senior design and artwork.
  • AIGA St. Louis Student Conference
    Participation in the annual design conference, featuring national keynote speakers and student portfolio reviews.

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