Art, Area of Emphasis in Graphic Design - B.F.A.

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About the Degree: 


The Graphic Design area in the Lamar Dodd School of Art prepares students to communicate ideas and experiences by integrating visual and textual content across various media.



What you will learn: 

The Graphic Design program provides a broad course of study focused on developing effective visual responses to communication problems. Professional graphic design practice is diverse and dynamic; thus, we stress a strong grounding in design and communication fundamentals like typography, information hierarchy, concept development and visual exploration. We aim to broadly prepare students for creative lives and professions related to visual communication with a variety of courses that develop abilities in collaboration, build an understanding of audiences, and encourage experimentation across media. The program encourages an interdisciplinary approach to design and benefits from the broad offerings of a comprehensive School of Art and the greater University.


Beyond the Classroom

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UGA Graphic Design graduates secure positions in a variety of creative positions in firms ranging from boutique design studios that focus on motion, experience or branding design, to the entertainment and publishing industries, to in-house creative departments for museums, apparel brands and digital companies. Alumni have secured positions at the following firms and companies, among others:

Recent Employers

  • CNN
  • IBM Design
  • Evernote
  • Facebook
  • Free People  
  • Inc. magazine
  • Aveda
  • Turner Broadcasting
  • Son & Sons Marketing
  • Gensler New York
  • Pentagram Austin
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Primal Screen
Famous Alumni: 
Jack Davis

Cartoonist and illustrator for Mad Magazine

Michael Stipe

Lead Vocalist, R.E.M.

Possible Job Titles: 

Graduates are prepared to accept professional positions in advertising agencies, printing and publishing industry, newspapers, design studios, television industry, manufacturing and other graphics-related fields. Employers are impressed by a portfolio which contains some examples of printed pieces from actual jobs rather than one which is made up only of school projects.

Recent Job Titles of Graduates

  • Account Executive
  • Advertising Artist
  • Appraiser
  • Architectural Model Maker Archivist
  • Antiques Dealer Art Administrator
  • Art and Design Professor
  • Art Buyer
  • Art Consultant
  • Art Critic
  • Art Dealer
  • Art Director
  • Art Historian
  • Art Restorer
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Artist's Agent
  • Assistant Curator
  • Calligrapher
  • Cartoonist
  • Ceramic Artist
  • Color Expert
  • Costume and Mask Designer
  • Creative Services Manager
  • Exhibition Coordinator
  • Fashion Artist/Designer
  • Foundry Artist
  • Furniture Designer
  • Gallery Owner
  • Glass Blower
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Kitchenware Designer
  • Label Designer
  • Layout Artist
  • Mannequin Decorator
  • Mechanical &Production Artist
  • Motion Picture Animator
  • Muralist
  • Paper Maker
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Printing Designer
  • Product Designer/Illustrator
  • Quick Sketch Artist
  • Set Designer/Illustrator
  • Sculptor
  • Stained Glass Artist
  • Stone Carver
  • Toy Designer
  • Web Designer