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For 50 years, Graphic Design at the University of the Arts has been on the leading edge, delving into new technologies and re-inventing how handmade images and messages uniquely speak to the world.
As a Graphic Design student at UArts, you'll not only explore new technologies but old-world craft – from working with the latest equipment for digital video and sound recording, to 3-D printing and model-making, to creating hand-sewn books and letters cut from stone.
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Unique to UArts is the ability for students to venture out across disciplines, exploring every medium UArts has to offer, while accumulating program credits towards your Graphic Design degree. Free from the rigidity of a traditional curriculum, you’ll have freedom to choose which skills you’d like to develop, ultimately generating a wealth of sought-after experience — as represented by our high post-graduate employment rate, with graduates working for companies like BuzzFeed, MTV, Sony Music, the Brooklyn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to name a few.
Here, you’ll have lots of opportunities to work on real-world projects. For example, our students have redesigned parking signage for the City of Philadelphia, created an intranet interface for the renowned Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to monitor patient care, and designed a presentation for a statewide advocacy group explaining educational expenditures, among many other projects.
Our Graphic Design faculty bring experience from a range of backgrounds, from corporate branding to photographics.
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Sample Courses in the Graphic Design Major
Drawing: Objects & Space
Drawing: Natural Forms & The Human Figure
Body as Form
Introduction to Design
Visual Perception and the Language of Form
Introduction to Applied Visual Communications
Visualizing Language I: Typographic Hierarchies
Visual Communication I: Design in Context
Visual Communication II: Communication Media and Strategies
Visualizing Language II: Text Strategies
Digital Interactive Techniques
Advanced Digital Interactive Techniques
Design Strategies: Nonlinear Narratives
Design Strategies: Brand Identity
Applied Design Laboratory
About the Curriculum
The Graphic Design program delivers a professional degree that develops the student’s mastery and expertise in the current marketplace for the practice of graphic design or a related communications-oriented field.
Graduates of the Graphic Design program will:
- Be experienced in both hierarchical and non-hierarchical forms of collaboration as professional preparation
- Possess a unique intellectual and visual voice
- Be able to adapt to a changing, unpredictable world and its communication needs where the methods of communication can be expected to evolve and expand.
- Demonstrate a strong work ethic driven by both logical and inventive working processes.
- Possess a high level of expertise within industry-standard technological environments and the propensity to prototype for high-level, complex technologically-based practices.
- Be strategic thinkers with the ability to explain these strategies as a fundamental aspect of their design process.
To earn the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, students will complete a total of 124.5 credits as follows:
- 39 credits in the Graphic Design Major
- 18 credits in College of Art, Media & Design Core Studies
- 6 credits in School of Design Core
- 4.5 credits in Creative Practices and Collaborative Studio
- 12 credits in Art History
- 30 credits in the Liberal Arts
- 15 credits in Free Electives
At UArts, you'll explore both new technologies and old-world craft – from working with the latest equipment for digital video and sound recording, to 3-D printing and model-making, to creating hand-sewn books and letters cut from stone. The diverse experience in our programs leads to our high post-graduate employment rate, with graduates working for companies like AOL, MTV, Sony Music, the Brooklyn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, just to name a few.
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Nijel Taylor BFA '14
"Since age 4, I had always been drawing, painting, animating, or designing something. It was only natural that I stumbled upon UArts. What I didn’t know was that I was fortunate enough to end up at a university with a graphic design program with a 50 year tradition of success. The program almost stretched me beyond my limits and, by the end of it all, I knew it had changed me for the better. I became more aware and respectful of my creative process. I never knew how my projects would evolve, and to me that is greatest gift of design thinking. It highlights endless possibilities while guiding you towards the truest path.
As a designer now at Lippincott, a legendary branding agency in New York City, it’s patience and the willingness to be comfortable with doubt that yields some of my best creative work. These successes have resulted from a beginning where I never forecast the end, but trusted my creative process to arrive at an inventive solution."
Watch this profile on Mike Tyson BFA '12 below.
Our alumni work at a variety of companies and organizations internationally. Below are a few places our alums have landed.
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