The Graphic Design degree program at UAFS offers hard working, creative students the opportunity to be involved in dynamic, job oriented classes. Students are prepared for not only a career, but a way of life. Graphic design students at UAFS have won many awards in various local, regional, and national design competitions. This, coupled with the program’s strong ties to the design industry, results in very strong job placement for our graduates.
Many students participate in our extensive internship program at design studios, ad agencies, corporations, print shops, and web design firms, which gives them valuable experience in the field before they graduate. A student can have as much as a year of working experience upon graduation.
The faculty in the Graphic Design Division are all working designers with years of experience in the field. They continue to work and stay close to industry through community involvement and design work. All of the design faculty have terminal degrees in the field of study and maintain strong ties to artistic development through art exhibition as well as design.
The Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design prepares students to work in a wide variety of jobs within the visual communication field. The program emphasizes creative and technical solutions to design problems encountered in the workplace, including logo, brochure, package, advertising and identity design, copy writing, photography, digital media, web design, and illustration. Production, pre-press, and printing issues are also stressed.
Upon completion of the BS in Graphic Design degree, the student will:
- Produce vector-based artwork according to industry standards.
- Design and produce advertising in various media according to industry standards.
- Create a graphic design portfolio.
- Demonstrate proper pre-press file preparation according to industry standards.
Upon completion of the program, the student will have a completed portfolio and be prepared to work for advertising agencies, design studios, television stations, corporate design firms, and other graphic related industries. Here are just a few of the careers for a graphic designer:
- Graphic designer
- Art director
- Production artist
- Creative director
- Motion designer for television
- Web designer
Coupled with intense studies in design, students at UAFS receive a well rounded and comprehensive education in liberal arts. The program is designed to help students integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge in real-life situations and to help them develop leadership skills.
Special Application Procedures
Students must enroll in a portfolio course (GRDS 1551) during spring semester of the freshman year and receive a passing grade in order to be admitted to the program. The portfolio will contain selected examples of work from the foundations classes, which will confirm mastery of the basic skill set needed for successful completion of upper level graphic design courses. Students must pass this portfolio course before moving onto the sophomore level courses. Transfer students who have completed the foundations courses at another institution will also be required to pass the portfolio requirement.