Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design Degree

Become an expert in motion graphics, mobile interfaces, hand-lettering and typography design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. You’ll find movement and meaning in words and images used to communicate emotionally resonant visual messaging in commercial art. Our hands-on curriculum will help you master the broad skillsets needed to thrive across emerging and traditional media, from ink on paper to interactive digital spaces. Graphic design majors convey places, products, services and personalities through artistic and strategic visual ideas. With a graphic design degree, you’ll develop the sophisticated typographic and image-making abilities needed to advance businesses, communities and society.

Program Overview

On the road to a BFA in graphic design, you’ll blend and experiment with a wide range of media—coding, books, film, press kits, packaging, 3D motion graphics, apps and more. Through the process of research, strategy, concept development, prototyping and project execution, you’ll craft compelling brand imagery and graphics-based experiences for a range of classroom and real-world clients.

Under the guidance of our renowned faculty in state-of-the-art facilities, like our Archetype Press and Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography, your creative capabilities will flourish. The graphic design major equips you with robust visual and cultural literacy, remarkable craftsmanship, career-ready professionalism and a commitment to collaboration and ethical practice.

Partnerships for Real-World Graphic Design

To excel in your craft and develop your unique vision, you need practice bringing your ideas to life. At ArtCenter, we’ve built the BFA in graphic design around real-world opportunities to produce digital campaigns, create and distribute materials, collaborate with subject experts, convey corporations’ core values and develop your own entrepreneurial branding. Our partnerships include Cedars-Sinai research centers, Homeboy Industries, Nike and Adobe.

You can also take your learning into the international sphere with our Study Away program in Berlin, where you’ll shape your identity and your future through studio projects, cultural and language immersion, on-site research and investigations of the city’s multi-dimensional underground scene.

Graphic Design Careers

ArtCenter’s graphic design degree readies you for a career without boundaries. You’ll thrive in fast-paced creative industries as a designer, artist, entrepreneur and everything in between. Your skills in analog and digital media, including print and branding, packaging and environmental graphic design, motion and visual interaction design, transmedia design and other specialties, will make you a prized contender for roles with leading organizations like Google, Facebook, IDEO and Local Projects. Prepare to work in:

  • Branding and Corporate Identity
  • Art Direction
  • Publication Design (Print and Electronic Publishing)
  • Book Design
  • Web Design/App Design
  • Interface Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Film Title Design
  • Broadcast Graphics
  • Package Design
  • Environmental Graphics
  • Exhibition Design
  • Information Architecture
  • Production Management
  • Printing
  • Poster Design
  • Typeface Design
  • Web Design and Development

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Earn Your BFA in Graphic Design at ArtCenter

Amplify your creative potential in multi-disciplinary and transmedia design with ArtCenter’s graphic design degree. You’ll establish broad skills for creating story- and identity-driven solutions, apply your learning in hands-on labs and business partnerships, and distinguish yourself as a strong leader, innovator and collaborator in dynamic creative industries.

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