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Graphic Design (BA)


Graphic designers create the ways we see and think about the world, rendering technical and emotional information as visual media, whether for marketing, education, or self-expression. SVSU’s Graphic Design program prepares students to analyze, understand, and communicate in the language of design. Students learn to apply their knowledge—innovating and creating new and effective designs. Small class sizes assure that students work closely with professors who are accomplished artists and professionals, developing their artistic talent, skill, and discipline. In addition to a rich and varied curriculum, that includes branding, animation, time-based media, web, app, logo, and typography design, students have access to numerous scholarships as well as opportunities to study abroad and exhibit their work in gallery settings. Renowned Artists regularly visit SVSU to speak and inspire students. SVSU enthusiastically fosters a diverse, supportive, and vibrant art community—a creative environment that students say feels like family. Graduates from the program go on to careers in business, education, and government, and/or enter highly respected graduate schools throughout the nation.

Cardinal Points

  • Multiple scholarships available to students in the Art program, including the Fine Arts Scholarship, the Thomas Canale Scholarship in Art, and the Terry & Jerry Drake Endowed Scholarship.

  • Study abroad! Art students have opportunities to travel and study overseas in locations including Florence, Venice, and Rome, Italy, Japan, South America, and China.

  • Internship, Co-op, and Field Work opportunities are available for students to gain experience working in the design profession. One example is Cardinal Solutions, an interdisciplinary team of students and professors who work with local businesses.

  • Visiting artist lecture and exhibition series for students to engage with acclaimed artists and their work.

  • The University Art Gallery, a cultural resource for students and the surrounding community, displays student art alongside the work of Renowned Artists.

You will learn the principles and practice of web design, logo and business identity design, typography, publication design, illustration, video production, animation, branding and more. You will be exposed to the creativity of other outstanding contemporary artists whose works are exhibited in the University Art Department Gallery, located on the first floor of the Arbury Fine Arts Center. Additionally, with professor guidance, you will develop your design portfolio and gain hands-on experience through projects and internships, preparing you for your journey into the professional world or graduate school.

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Key Electives

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Complementary Minors/Majors

Our Students After Graduation...


Quicken Loans
Perrin Brewery
Amigo Mobility International
Morley Companies
Regional Medical Imaging
Century 21
Henry Ford Museum
ICON Interactive

Graduate Programs

University of Idaho
Wayne State University
Ohio University
Indiana University
Kent State University
Michigan State University
University of Oregon

Career Opportunities

Graphic Designer
Web Designer
Art Director
Marketing Director
Logo Designer
App Designer (UX Designer)

  • 4% projected growth for employment of designers with a Bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $97,460 is the median yearly pay for UX designer in the U.S. in 2018. ( Salaries)
  • With a bachelor’s degree, career doors are open to a multitude of fields including marketing, art director, web designer, illustrator, app designer, photographer, printmaker, muralist, studio owner, publishing and so many more.

Cardinal Successes

The stories below offer insight into how our students have turned their SVSU education into successful opportunities yielding real-world success.

Kaitlyn Zumbach Graphic Design Alumni

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Fully integrated into social networks, SVSU Connect is a valuable networking space dedicated to the community of SVSU students, faculty and alumni which cultivates a culture of helping and giving back. In addition to connecting with each other, students at all points along their journey can reach out to alumni mentors for guidance and insight into making the most of their SVSU experience and successfully transitioning into life after graduation.