Graphic Design; students hanging printed work

Graphic Design


Learn how to solve problems with persuasive, visual communication and develop your vision under the mentorship of acclaimed faculty.

In the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree program, we train our students in the art of persuasive, visual problem solving. Our faculty of professional designers help students develop and execute brand strategies in diverse media formats, including print, web, motion and mobile devices. Graduates complete this program with a strong understanding of concept ideation, design processes and methods, visual communication strategies, messaging, wireframing, design development and production workflow. Our curriculum recognizes graphic design as a communicative medium, emphasizes solid foundations in visual messaging, and gives students experience creating and presenting their ideas to an extensive range of audiences and consumers.

Students have the opportunity to participate in real-world projects such as World Studio’s Design Ignites Change and Design Lab while they enhance their skills in the classroom and draw inspiration from the dynamic city of Washington, D.C. At the end of the program, students participate in NEXT, the Corcoran’s award-winning, school-wide thesis exhibition.




Design books


The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree (120 credits) begins with a strong foundation in design principles and digital technologies, then progresses to more specialized courses in graphic design. Topics include a wide range, such as: 

  • branding/identity programs
  • mobile apps
  • web design
  • interaction design
  • systems design
  • information design
  • environmental design
  • motion graphics
  • typography
  • publication design



Our students learn current design industry practices and engage in a dialogue about the role of design in contemporary society, culture and business.

By the end of the program, students develop professional presentation skills and a refined portfolio. Intimate classroom settings and detailed, critical feedback provide the conceptual, technological and communication tools to excel as working professionals in the fast-paced and competitive design industry.

The culminating experience of the program is a two-semester thesis project during the final year, which is exhibited at NEXT.

Graphic Design MAJOR 

Graphic Design Minor