Why Study Graphic Design?

If you’re looking for a professional career where you get to use your artistic skills, consider graphic design. At USF, our graphic design classes blend artistic theory with practical, technical application. With concentrations in web design, illustration, and photography, you can personalize your education and shape your career options.

You’ll learn the technical, professional, and artistic skills you’ll need to start a job immediately after graduation. Our graduates are well known, and highly respected. A USF Graphic Design degree gets noticed. You’ll have plenty of options after you graduate.

Personalize Your Education

Concentrations allow you to shape your degree. At USF, you can study the subjects that most interest you.

Web Design

Learn source coding languages, interactive design software and principles, and gain a proficiency in web design as it pertains to various browsers and content clients.


Learn digital and traditional illustration, and their applications in the professional world. Illustration courses will emphasize concept and critical thinking, and connect you to professional illustrators.


Learn digital and traditional, dark room photography, studio lighting, and digital technology. Photography courses emphasize both commercial photography and fine art.

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said graphic designers:

  • Are creative and logical thinkers and enjoy a challenge
  • Easily learn new technology
  • Enjoy research and keeping up with industry trends
  • Work well with other people

Skills You'll Obtain

Industry design software

Conceptualize, create, and present graphic design projects

Networking with local professional contacts

We have excellent classroom and studio facilities available to you 24/7 and a low student-faculty ratio. Not only can you work any time you have a brilliant idea, you’ll also receive regular portfolio reviews from your professors so you can make sure you’re on the right track.Alan Nauts, Program Chair

Alumni Testimonial

In her testimonial, Dani talks about how learning art in a liberal arts setting has helped her career.

After Graduation

One of the best parts of studying Graphic Design at USF is the high career placement. Some of our graduates have worked or currently work at Asher Agency, Excell Color Graphics, Ferguson Advertising, Labov Marketing Communications and Training, Lincoln Printing, and One Lucky Guitar.

Types of careers you may have after you graduate include:

  • Web/UX/UI Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Graphic Designer/Illustrator
  • Publisher
  • Web Programmer