BFA Graphic Design
Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program are immersed in an educational environment that prepares them to become design professionals. They will join a community of established, progressive designers who will mentor and guide them through their studies. Design students will be introduced to media companies, non-profit organizations, design studios, and government agencies in Washington, D.C., and beyond.
The 120-credit Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program begins with a strong foundation in design principles and digital technologies, then progresses to more specialized courses of study within the sphere realm of graphic design. Students are taught current design industry practices and will engage in a dialogue about the role of design in contemporary society, culture, and business, culminating in a two-semester thesis project in the senior year.
Graphic design students focus on developing skills to communicate visual messages and brand strategies in diverse media formats, which include print, web, motion, and mobile device apps. Faculty members—professional graphic and interactive designers—teach students skill sets in branding/identity programs, mobile device apps, interactive web design, interaction design, systems design, information design, environmental design, motion graphics, typography, and publication design.
Graphic design students learn technical skill sets and project workflow such as concept ideation, messaging and strategy, wire framing, design development, production, and implementation. By the end of the program, students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program develop professional presentation skills, a strong portfolio, and a resume. Intimate classroom settings and detailed critical feedback provide graphic design students with the conceptual, technological, and communication tools to excel as working professionals in the fast-paced and competitive design industry.