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Graphic Design (BA)

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SVSU’s Graphic Design program prepares students to analyze, understand and communicate in the language of design. Students learn to apply their knowledge through the innovation and creation of new and effective designs. Students work closely with professors in small classes to develop their artistic talent, skill and discipline. In addition to a rich and varied curriculum, that includes branding, animation, time-based media, website, application, 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 as SVSU enthusiastically fosters a diverse, supportive and vibrant art community. Graduates from the program go on to careers in business, education and government, or enter highly respected graduate schools throughout the nation.

Cardinal Points

  • The Art Department offers multiple scholarships available to students in the Art program.

  • Graphic Design students have many opportunities to travel and study overseas.

  • Internship, co-op and fieldwork opportunities are available for students to gain experience working in the design profession.

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

  • The University Art Gallery displays student art alongside the work of renowned artists.

Students learn the principles and practice of web design, logo and business identity design, typography, publication, illustration, video production, animation, branding and more. They are 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, students develop their design portfolio and gain hands-on experience through projects and internships, preparing them for the professional world or graduate school.

Highlighted Courses

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Year 4

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 the employment of designers with a bachelor’s degree through 2026. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • $50,370 is the median yearly pay for graphic designers in the U.S. (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • 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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