Degree Program Overview

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design focuses on creating visual solutions to communication problems. Throughout the program, you will develop a portfolio of your work, participate in a Graphic Design Senior Exhibition, and have the opportunity to have your portfolio reviewed by professional designers. We have a lot to offer, including digital labs with state-of-the-art computer equipment for your use.

Coursework

All students must complete the W.A.S.H. (Workshop in Art Studio and History) upon entering the Art Program and pass a BFA portfolio review in their sophomore year in order to continue in the BFA program.

Students in the Graphic Design Program will take courses in typography, website development, illustration, package design, corporate identity design, and motion graphics, among others.

The Art Department requires its students to own a Mac laptop with the current version of Adobe Creative Suite. This policy allows students to be as productive as possible without the confines of class schedules and lab hours. Financial aid and SHSU discounts are available to offset the cost. Get details about financial aid and discounts for laptops.

Careers in Graphic Design

  • Graphic Designer/Art Director
  • Web/Motion Designer
  • Animator/Video Game Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Freelancer
  • Art K-12 Educator
  • Self-Emplyed Fine Artist

Alumni Success

Graduates of SHSU's art programs

  • have had their work featured in various galleries and publications
  • work in design departments of large corporations
  • work for graphic design firms and game development studios
  • become public school teachers
  • have received awards for their artwork

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Graphic Design brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15