Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Imagine and create visual solutions to complex problems in contemporary culture through Graphic Design. The Graphic Design program educates students in design methods, design theory, and provides the visual, conceptual, and technical skills needed to be a successful designer.

Approximately 65 percent of the degree requirements are in the study of graphic design.

While pursuing your degree and completing your course work, you will assemble a portfolio that can be presented to potential clients and employers.

Program Details

Our faculty, staff and students are committed to the belief that visual culture matters in society and we value the importance of making, displaying, critiquing, and contextualizing the visual arts as academic activities in a university setting. To that end, our faculty teach the perceptual, practical, and critical skill necessary for the creation and understanding of art and design in a variety of media and contexts.

Program Outcomes

Imagine and create visual solutions to complex problems in contemporary communication and information through graphic design. The graphic design program prepares you to channel your knowledge and creativity toward inventive and effective design solutions.

Graphic design requires advanced levels of visual, technical and problem-solving skills. Our program is structured to provide you with excellent opportunities and conditions to develop these attributes and become a successful design professional.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is an intensive professional program of study specifically designed to prepare you to enter the field of graphic design and/or to continue your studies in graduate school. Approximately 65 percent of the degree requirements are in the creation and study of visual communication design. Advanced coursework will allow you to collaborate with faculty on independent special interest design problems.

While pursuing your degree and completing your course work, you will assemble a portfolio that can be presented to potential employers. Major effort is directed toward creating a graduation portfolio that demonstrates your exceptional work, helping you find a job or gain acceptance to graduate school. As a senior, you will present your final portfolio to faculty and the professional community.

Entrance portfolios are not required for acceptance into the graphic design program, but students transferring art and/or design credits from other academic institutions are required to submit a portfolio consisting of their work from each course for which they seek credit.

The University of Dayton is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). For more information, please contact Area Coordinator John V. Clarke.

Admission Resources

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate Catalog

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Department of Art and Design

Fitz Hall 250 
300 College Park 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2923

937-229-3237