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Graphic Design

Bachelor of Arts

Overview

With a BA in Graphic Design from Concordia, you’ll build a solid foundational understanding of design theories and practices so that you’ll be ready to make your mark in the real world.

Program
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Course Length

49 Credit Hours

Location

On Campus

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Special demands come along with the nature of an ever-changing field like graphic design. No matter the career path you choose, the BFA at CSP meshes modern and traditional processes and skills so that you’re prepared. The program offers a complete, all-encompassing view of design, which covers everything from typography to web design. 

This program is built to prepare you for creative professions like graphic design and other communications-related fields that rely on visual imagery.

51 %

of B2B marketers say creating visual content is a priority.

43 %

of digital marketers acknowledged that creating engaging content is their biggest struggle.

$ 15 Billion

is spent annually on graphic design in the U.S. alone.

Career Opportunities

Art Director $ 94,220

Art directors are responsible for the visual style and images in magazines, newspapers, product packaging, and movie and television productions.

Graphic Designer $ 52,110

Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform, and captivate consumers

Multimedia Artist and Animator $ 75,270

Multimedia artists and animators create images that appear to move and visual effects for various forms of media and entertainment

Career Support

The support system you’ll enjoy at CSP continues far past the day you receive your diploma. Our Office of Career Development helps students and alumni find meaningful work through job & internship assistance, networking opportunities, interview prep, and much more.

WE'RE COMMITTED TO YOUR SUCCESS

CSP was ranked in the Top 10 “Career Ready” Institutions & Top 10 “Career Ready” Feedback for First-Generation College Students in the 2021 SkillSurvey Career Readiness.

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Student outcomes

CSP graduates are leaders and trailblazers. Meet some of our alumni below and see how they’re shaping the world.

Cornel Beard

Associate Designer, 10 Thousand Design

Bert Lee

Art Director, Geometry North America

KJ Eikom

Art Director, The Refinery Creative

Program Details

CSP’s Graphic Design BA stresses the importance of applied graphic design practice. When you graduate from the program, you’ll leave with valuable skills, the ability to start any design-related job, and lead an impactful career.

Our faculty make sure that you’re equipped with the theories, tools, and methods needed to craft work that stands out in a highly competitive field. Hone your digital design skills in our state-of-the-art Mac lab.

You’ll assemble a skill portfolio filled to hte brim with the key elements necessary for success in graphic design. Some of the concentrations you’ll explore include 2D design, drawing, photography, web design, typography, and more. Your journey in graphic design begins with a well-rounded look at all aspects of traditional and modern design.

You’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of invaluable networking opportunities and take part in the vibrant Twin Cities creative community during your time at CSP. After completing the program, you’ll be prepared to create dynamic and relevant designs in any industry.

What is Design?

Learn how the AIGA–(the professional association for design) describes Design.

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Meet Our Faculty

As a graphic design major, you will be taught by an experienced faculty of active professionals with close ties to the vibrant Twin Cities creative community. You will have access to a state-of-the-art Mac lab with the latest software and large format digital printing, plus direct exposure to some of the most recognized graphic designers and design firms in the country.

John DuFresne

Chair, Department of Art & Design, Professor of Practice, Art & Design

Stephanie Hunder

Professor of Art

Cate Vermeland

Professor of Practice, Art & Design

Keith Williams

Professor of Art and Art History