Graphic Design B.F.A.

Department of Art & Design

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Our designed world

Graduates from our unique studio based program work in design firms and agencies across the US.

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Design = visual expression + cultural investigation.

Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) program in Graphic Design do much more than learn how to manipulate type and image, they explore communication, human psychology, and aesthetics in advanced techniques ranging from print to web within commercial, artistic, and academic contexts.

Mentored by dedicated faculty who are active in the field, our students learn multiple platforms and employ industry standard software to its highest efficiency. Our creative problem solvers are challenged to critically investigate design in terms of cultural relevance, effectiveness, ethics and ecological sustainability. Exploring design topics from Typography and Brand Identity to Motion Graphics and Interactive Design, students in the Graphic Design program learn to solve visual communication problems.

Our program is distinctive in that it also includes studio coursework. Many contemporary designers in the field tap their skillsets in media such as drawing, photography, video and 3-D studies to create dynamic design. Additional upper-level design courses in the major enable students to graduate with an impressive professional portfolio and solid interview training aimed to launch a successful career and stay active in the future of design.

PDF iconGraphic Design requirements 2015-16

PDF iconFour year sequence of courses 2015-16

PDF iconGraphic Design Information Sheet

PDF iconPortfolio Review Information

PDF iconPortfolio Review Checklist

UMD Art and Design is accredited by NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design,
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