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Graphic Design Student

Art, Area of Emphasis in Graphic Design - B.F.A.

About this Degree

The Graphic Design area in the Lamar Dodd School of Art prepares students to communicate ideas and experiences by integrating visual and textual content across various media. Graphic designers utilize communication tools such as computer images, symbols, logos, and typography to convey a message from a client to a particular audience.

Students pursuing the B.F.A. in Graphic Design at UGA should have a genuine interest in solving problems through visual communications that combine art and technology.  They must have an inherent sense of curiosity and inquisitiveness to solve graphics problems conceptually (both verbally and nonverbally) and are required to have an Apple Mac laptop for coursework; a digital camera is also recommended.  Courses include study of electronic design, layout, typography, photography, color techniques, three-dimensional design, graphic survey, illustration, and others. 

What you will learn

starling_620_300auto_c1_0.jpgThe 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.

Lamar Dodd School of Art Scholarships

The Lamar Dodd School of Art offers the opportunity to apply for competitive scholarships. The scholarships are open to full-time students majoring in any area of the visual arts who have completed a minimum of one year of study at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Preference is generally given to students who will be juniors or seniors, but in the final analysis, a variety of factors are taken into consideration before a decision is reached. 

More Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

Graduates are prepared to accept professional positions in advertising agencies, printing and publishing industry, newspapers, design studios, television industry, manufacturing and other graphics-related fields. Employers are impressed by a portfolio which contains some examples of printed pieces from actual jobs rather than one which is made up only of school projects.

Recent Job Titles of Graduates

Account Executive Furniture Designer
Advertising Artist Gallery Owner
Appraiser Glass Blower
Architectural Model Maker Archivist Illustrator
Antiques Dealer Art Administrator Interior Designer
Art and Design Professor Jewelry Designer
Art Buyer Kitchenware Designer
Art Consultant Label Designer
Art Critic Layout Artist
Art Dealer Mannequin Decorator
Art Director Mechanical &Production Artist
Art Historian Motion Picture Animator
Art Restorer Muralist
Art Teacher Paper Maker
Art Therapist Photographer
Artist's Agent Photojournalist
Assistant Curator Printing Designer
Calligrapher Product Designer/Illustrator
Cartoonist Quick Sketch Artist
Ceramic Artist Set Designer/Illustrator
Color Expert Sculptor
Costume and Mask Designer Stained Glass Artist
Creative Services Manager Stone Carver
Exhibition Coordinator Toy Designer
Fashion Artist/Designer Web Designer
Foundry Artist  


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:

Recent Employers

CNN Aveda
IBM Design Turner Broadcasting
Evernote Son & Sons Marketing
Facebook Gensler New York Pentagram Austin
Free People   Metropolitan Museum of Art
Inc. magazine Primal Screen

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