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The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Graphic Design has a unique emphasis that combines rigorous studio arts experiences that challenge thinking and cultivate curiosity with required courses in relevant disciplines of the social sciences, communication, and business. The Graphic Design major is an integrative experience in which students are actively challenged to consider their role as makers and creators within broader industry contexts and systems.

Within the major, you'll select an integrative emphasis in Business, Communication, or Anthropology/Sociology. This component equips and challenges you to put your design practice to work by applying visual and strategic communication skills to collaborate and address real-world problems across disciplines.

Why should I study graphic design?

Designed objects and images exist all around us. Designers are culture constructors. They bring brands and products to life, manifest movements, motivate, engage, and serve people. They make communications and information accessible. Designers are complex problem solvers with individuals in mind.

Students who are interested in graphic design want to make a difference in the world. They want to make it a more beautiful, useful, and inspiring place. They are strategizers, innovators, creative thinkers, dreamers, doers, and makers looking for an education that will help them hone these skills and put these traits to work.

What can I do with this degree?

Our alumni are currently working as:

  • Graphic Designer at 10K Research and Marketing
  • User experience designer at Honeywell
  • Web designer at the Star Tribune
  • Owner of Barsuhn Design

Graduates work in a number of roles in the industry including:

  • Graphic designer
  • Studio owner
  • Freelance designer
  • Art director
  • Web designer
  • User interface designer
  • User experience designer
  • Production designer
  • Motion graphic designer
  • Educator

Graduates work in a number of areas:

  • Corporate communication
  • Editorial design
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Branding

Graduates work in a number of design environments:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Design studios
  • Non-profits
  • In-house design teams
  • Freelance

What skills will I develop?

  • From typography to web design, you’ll gain proficiency in industry-standard software
  • The essential principles of graphic design
  • Ability to work through complex design problems that require you to pull from studio experiences and interdisciplinary knowledge
  • Skills to design for real-world projects and scenarios
  • The ways to create a polished portfolio and develop an original body of work

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

The Design Club student group hosts community-engaging events like the Annual Poster Sale, attends local design lectures, and participates in professional and portfolio development activities.

Internships provide essential experiences to supplement the work done in the classroom. The Twin Cities area boasts numerous design shops, agencies, start-ups, and in-house design opportunities. Recently, graphic design students have conducted internships with area design groups, publishing houses, in-house teams, and non-profits including Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge and Urban Ventures.

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