The Graphic Design program provides a broad course of study focused on developing effective visual responses to communication problems. Professional graphic design practice is diverse and dynamic; thus, we stress a strong grounding in design and communication fundamentals like typography, information hierarchy, concept development and visual exploration. We aim to broadly prepare students for creative lives and professions related to visual communication with a variety of courses that develop abilities in collaboration, build an understanding of audiences, and encourage experimentation across media. The program encourages an interdisciplinary approach to design and benefits from the broad offerings of a comprehensive School of Art and the greater University.
UGA Graphic Design graduates secure positions in a variety of creative positions in firms ranging from boutique design studios that focus on motion, experience or branding design, to the entertainment and publishing industries, to in-house creative departments for museums, apparel brands and digital companies. Alumni have secured positions at the following firms and companies, among others:
- IBM Design
- Free People
- Inc. magazine
- Turner Broadcasting
- Son & Sons Branding
- Gensler New York
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Primal Screen
Admission to the Graphic Design Major
Students interested in pursuing the Graphic Design concentration must enroll in ARGD 2010, Graphic Design Survey. (Prerequisites are completion of ARST 1050 and 1060 or 1080.) Multiple sections of ARGD 2010 are offered each academic year (typically in the fall semesterr only) with an enrollment of sixteen students per section. After completion of ARGD 2010, students are eligible to apply to the graphic design major via portfolio review which is typically held on Reading Day.
Successful completion of the review results from area faculty judgment of various facets of student work and performance including: the pieces submitted (exploration, conceptual approach, execution and craftsmanship), candidate's grades, and professionalism and participation in the course, as well as the area’s resources. Once accepted into the Graphic Design area, it will take a minimum of five semesters to matriculate through the program.
For current degree requirements, refer to the UGA online bulletin (Area of Emphasis in Graphic Design)
Curriculum: See the four-year course plan for majors accepted in fall 2016 (pdf).
Students accepted as graphic design majors are required to have a Mac laptop with current Adobe Creative Cloud software in their first semester of major coursework (Be sure to chose the educational subscription pricing option). Details regarding current minimum machine requirements will be provided once students are accepted into the area. (Students do not need their own laptop to take the ARGD 2010 Graphic Design Survey class.)
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A progress review will be held in the second semester of major coursework in which Graphic Design faculty will determine continuation in the Graphic Design major based on grades, effort, participation and attendance in ARGD courses.
An overall 3.0 average must be maintained in all Graphic Design classes in order to enroll in required ARGD 4110 Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Project course.
See the UGA School of Art Graphic Design Student Site here.