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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Graphic Design

The graphic design program is an award-winning, dynamic program in the School of Art that leads to the professional degree of a Bachelor of fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design. Students gain the necessary skills and experiences that are desired by corporations, product manufacturers, advertising and in-house agencies, design firms and emerging technologies' industries.

Quality classroom experiences

With a 14:1 faculty-to-student ratio, graphic design students receive close faculty attention in progressive digital lab facilities, making spaces and galleries.
Through the program’s practical and theoretical approach, students are taught and trained to be mindful professionals and socio-politically aware stewards for the profession and the world. When they graduate they are visualizers, collaborators and leaders who are prepared to work in careers that help make sense of the information that surrounds us daily.

Stand Out in courses like

  • Design for Social Impact
  • Information Design
  • User Experience and Interface Design
  • Time-Based Design
  • Collaborative and Community Engagement Practicum


At BGSU, graphic design students experience the exclusivity of a private art academy, yet enjoy the affordability of a public university.
The graphic design curricula merges design ideologies and research with appropriate aesthetic and communication methods in typography, design history and theory, information graphics, interactive design, systems-based design, emerging media, community engagement, design thinking and creative placemaking.

Graphic design faculty are regionally, nationally and internationally recognized professionals with a variety of expertise in typography, design history, information graphics, interactive design, emerging media, community engagement.

Internships and Careers

All graphic design students must complete an internship with a focus of providing real-world experience. The program positions students for successful internships and design careers with organizations such as Nike, Uber, Thirst, Owens Corning, Sarankco and Organizing for America.

Average Starting Salary & BGSU Placement Rate

$45,184* — Graphic Design graduates average starting salary according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers

97% of Graphic Design graduates report they're employed, in graduate school or starting a business within six months of graduation

(BGSU data compiled from students who completed the related questions on the graduation survey.)

Go Far in your career

  • Art directors
  • Brand Managers
  • Graphic Designer
  • Creative Directors
  • Web Designers
  • User Experience Designers
  • Environmental Designers
  • Social Media Content Creator

The BGSU School of Art is one of the largest state art schools in Ohio.

Admissions Information

A portfolio review is not done at the time of admission, but instead, is done at the end of the first year for placement in the BFA degree program.

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The Graphic Design program is part of the School of Art in the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences.   

* Job placement and salary information was compiled by the Office of Academic Assessment through the Graduation Survey from AY2015-2018. The data are gathered around the time of Commencement and a follow-up survey six months post Commencement. For the salary question, data for programs with fewer than fifteen responses are not included. Salaries for those programs are from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Summer 2019 Survey. For questions regarding the data, contact assessment@bgsu.edu.