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Graphic DesignBFA

Graphic Design

Prepare for a career in graphic design by learning how to communicate visually.

You'll develop your talents and skills and achieve a high degree of professional competence, while pursuing your own creative goals. The BFA in Art + Design: Graphic Design program will prepare you for the many career opportunities available in design practice.

The BFA is a professional degree with concentrated areas of specialization, so you will take more art courses than you would in a BA program. At UMass Dartmouth, you also have the advantages of a university education where you can diversify your studies and expand your career opportunities.

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Our faculty—who are also professionals in their fields—will teach you how to:

  • research and analyze content as part of the design process
  • work within the context of the message, the audience, the environment, and the technology
  • develop graphic translations such as symbols, books, posters, interactive media
  • create art with a purpose
Marisa McCabe
Marisa McCabe '17

Alum Marisa McCabe talks about the top-notch education she received at UMass Dartmouth's College of Visual & Performing Arts


  • Destination Weddings Travel Group
  • Fresh Address, Inc.
  • Hill & Partners Branded Environments
  • iRobot
  • Next Mile Project
  • The Trustees of Reservations
  • Vistaprint

Graduate schools

  • Animation Mentor
  • Brown University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • New York University
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art

Career placements

  • 16Thirty
  • 2ls Inc
  • Bose Corporation
  • Boston Bruins / TD Garden
  • Boston Scientific
  • Brahmin
  • CVS Health
  • East Coast Product
  • EF Education First
  • Everyscape, Inc.
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Grouper Design
  • HNTB
  • Hasbro
  • Hill & Partners Branded Environments
  • KVH Industries, Inc.
  • LPM Holding Company, Inc.
  • Liska + Associates
  • Matter Communications
  • Monadnock Media Inc.
  • Opera Solutions
  • Uppababy
  • Worldways
  • Yankee Candle Company

Graphic Design Student Work

Amanda Killam - Graphic Design 4
Ashley Ryan - Graphic Design 6
Edward Olean - Graphic Design 5
Erin Kinnane - Graphic Design 3
Evan Boisvert  - Graphic Design 5
Joseph Tavares - Graphic Design 5
Paula Morall - Graphic Design 5
Paula Morrall - Graphic Design 5
Sam Augustine - Graphic Design 5
Stephanie Pacheco - Graphic Design 4
Will McNamara - Graphic Design 5

For the BFA in Art + Design: Graphic Design, you'll take 78 credits in design and related art courses, and 120 credits overall.

As a graphic design major, you will:

  • study the principles of visual design
  • learn state-of-the-art practices
  • explore classical and contemporary typography
  • discover how to solve visual, conceptual, and communication problems

Your projects in diverse media will include:

  • letterform
  • information design
  • books and periodicals
  • corporate identity and branding
  • packaging
  • web design
  • interactive media

As you progress through the program, you will develop a professional portfolio that represents your ability to design solutions to communications challenges.

You'll work in contemporary studio spaces and with up-to-date equipment that's among the finest in New England.

Computer requirement for CVPA majors

The minor in graphic design offers students the opportunity to accomplish the following:

  • understand the role of a graphic designer in business and communication industries
  • work with digital tools such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, HTML/CSS, Invision, and other mock-up tools
  • develop skills which will enable design problem solving, production
  • produce a portfolio of icon, packaging, poster, book design, with opportunity to include web, app, and information design pieces

Most small- to medium-sized organizations seek employees who can meet multiple needs. A minor in graphic design will result in a portfolio showing the ability for a graduate to bring additional design experience, skills, and knowledge to the workplace. Based on the courses chosen, a graphic design minor may build a portfolio that focuses on branding, web/UX/UI design, publication design, or a range of skills. However, a minor in graphic design will not prepare most students to enter the competitive field of graphic design directly.

For the minor, you'll complete 18 credits. Two required classes provide students with experience designing basic projects and in Illustrator and InDesign. Four electives are chosen from a list of recommended digital, graphic design, and typography classes, allowing each student to build a portfolio aligned with their personal graphic design interests.

Note: Minors in this concentration may be required to have a laptop.

  • Internships: enhance your studies while gaining professional experience
  • Facilities: our computer, imaging, and virtual reality labs feature state-of-the art workstations, printers, and scanners with industry-standard software
  • IDEAStudio: collaborate, create, and explore with state-of-the-art technology including a 3D scanner, 3D printer, and laser engraver
  • Community: interact with professionals and peers by joining the Digital Media Club

Earn an advanced degree

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Design: Develop your personal voice and advance your technical skills with a master's degree. You can choose to specialize in digital media, graphic design, illustration, or photography.

Graduate Certificate in Web and Interaction Design: Enhance your marketability with a certificate in web and interaction design. Your design knowledge will increase as you explore issues of web accessibility, findability, and usability.

Graphic Design Faculty


Michelle Bowers

Associate Professor
Art & Design
College of Visual & Performing Arts 310A