Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Bowling Green State University Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) graphic design major educates those who help us make sense of the information that surrounds us daily – they are equal parts visualizer, collaborator and leader.
We emphasize design for social impact and entrepreneurial spirit. The flexible program will give you skills and experiences that are desired by advertising and in-house agencies, design firms and emerging technologies industries.
With a global network of successful alumni in a variety of fields, you will join a dynamic and generous community.
Design thinking has been at the core of the BGSU graphic design major for decades. This process is also at the heart of every project you will tackle. You will perfect these skills in an environment with the exclusivity of a private art academy, yet enjoy the affordability of a public university.
The Bowling Green BFA in graphic design curricula merge design ideologies and research practice with aesthetic and communication methods. Studies are based in typography, information graphics, interactive design, systems-based design, emerging media, community engagement and creative placemaking. The problems students tackle during studio classes are as varied as our society and require multiple disciplines to solve – creating thinkers with curious minds.
Go Far in your career
- User Experience Designers
- Environmental Designers
- Web Designers
- Creative Directors
- Graphic Designer
- Brand Managers
- Art Directors
The critical and design-thinking skills the BFA in graphic design will also empower you to succeed in a world where every organization wants to be design-led.
Skills gained in the BGSU graphic design major are in demand by organizations in every part of society. People will need always resourceful visual communicators, and our students develop successful careers as graphic designers, art directors and communications specialists in a wide variety of related fields.
Deep involvement with the Toledo, Ohio, chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the professional association for design, and our hundreds of notable graphic design alumni provide a valuable network for our recent graduates' entry into the profession.
Salary expectations in New York City for 2019 were, on average, $43,317 for a junior graphic designer, $71,127 for a senior designer and $121,430 for the competitive position of design director, according to a study by PayScale.
Wolfe Center for the Collaborative Arts
As well as inspiration from your fellow students in the graphic arts course, you will be exposed to the thinking and work of others, thanks to the world-class facilities of the Wolfe Center for the Collaborative Arts. Created by the internationally renowned architectural firm Snøhetta, creators of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, The Wolfe Center houses labs with state-of-the-art workstations, printers and access to the adjacent digital arts classrooms for easy collaboration.
Students are encouraged to cast their eyes wide to find inspiration through travel and study abroad, Including our strong partnership with Studio Arts College International (SACI) in the cobbled old city streets of Florence, Italy.
All courses taken at SACI in Florence will be given direct BGSU credit on your transcripts. Students who have attended the program all agree: it is a life-changing experience in one of the most beautiful and inspiring cities in the world!
The Division of Graphic Design prides itself in connecting students with prominent international, national and regional leaders and innovators in the field of visual communication.
Our speakers range from illustrators, artists, designers, motion designers, creative directors, strategists, authors, educators, entrepreneurs, critics and change agents. Beyond a public talk, many of our keynote speakers visit the studios for one-on-one discussions, critiques and/or workshops specifically to engage with our students.
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. We have more information on the BGSU BFA graphic design major admissions process.
* 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.