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Graphic Design BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts


The future is waiting for you to design it. The BFA in Graphic Design is CSP’s most intensive and complete graphic design degree. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of design theories and practices so that you’ll be ready to make your mark in the real world.


Program Length

80 Credit Hours


On Campus

Graphic design is a fast-changing field with specialized digital demands. The BFA at Concordia meshes traditional and modern processes and skills so that you’re prepared no matter the career path you choose. A complete, all-encompassing view of design is the cornerstone of the program, which covers everything from illustration to web design.

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

What is Design?
AIGA–professional association for design defines “design” here

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 $ 94,201

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.

Program detail

Concordia’s Graphic Design BFA offers a unique emphasis on applied graphic design practice. Our goal for you in the program is to leave with the valuable skills to walk into any design-related job and lead an impactful career.

You’ll be equipped with the theories, tools, and methods necessary to craft work that truly stands out in a competitive field. Our state-of-the-art Mac lab is the perfect training ground for you to hone your digital design skills. 

Build your skill portfolio with key elements necessary for success in graphic design. The program covers drawing, photography, art history, web design, typography, printmaking, 2D/3D design, and much more. Your journey in graphic design begins with a well-rounded look at all aspects of traditional and modern design.

Students can take advantage of invaluable networking opportunities and participate in the thriving Twin Cities creative community during their time at CSP. After graduation, you’ll be prepared to create dynamic and relevant designs in any capacity. 

Throughout the graphic design curriculum, students explore professional opportunities and career options. They network and participate in the thriving Twin Cities creative community. Course projects and student portfolios answer to the highest expectations of an extremely competitive profession.

Graphic Designer Kalika Yamada

Explore the portfolio of one of CSP's design Graduates

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.


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

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

Keith Williams

Professor of Art and Art History

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