USF’s Graphic Design program will set you up for an exciting career in the evolving fields of advertising and design. You’ll be taught by exceptional faculty — working artists and graphic designers —who will inspire, support, and prepare you for success. You will graduate with the artistry, skills, connections, and portfolio to launch your career.
Our curriculum will expand your creativity and enhance your technical skills. You’ll start graphic design classes your first year, supplemented by other foundational courses (drawing, 2D and 3D composition, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography) before selecting one of three concentrations:
* You can also minor in Photography or Illustration!
Through project-based learning, you’ll work in teams on real projects for real companies. You’ll also work with students in other majors and art forms, thereby expanding your artistic sensibility.
You’ll have 24-hour access to our facilities and labs, including our Macintosh Computer Lab and Photography Studio.
We’ll work with you to find the Perfect Internship, based on your interests and goals. All students do an internship as part of their degree. Recent sites include:
In my junior year, a professor connected me to BFA Commercial Photography where I did a year-long internship. Right before I graduated, the company offered me a full-time job. I’m doing what I love and doing what I went to college for. I give all the credit to USF’s art program.
Zack Kittaka ’16
Assistant Photographer at BFA Commercial Photography
Graphic Design majors develop strong connections with members of the professional community!
Because USF is a small school, students get one-on-one support from faculty — and that’s where I really grew as a designer. Being able to talk constantly to my professors, to pick their brains, and to get direct design feedback was invaluable.
Josh Ackerman ’10
Product Designer at Intuit
San Diego, CA
Median pay for web designers and developers per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Median pay for graphic designers per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
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of USF’s Graphic Design majors are hired in the industry within 6 months of graduation.
USF alumni have worked in graphic design and advertising positions at a variety of organizations, including:
Getting a job in my field before graduation was a great feeling and it relieved me of a lot of stress. I always dreamed of working for a sports team and now I’m doing it. USF gave me the confidence, plus the skills to get hired.
Ryan Nix ’17