Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts

“The close attention and guidance I received from my professors and colleagues has definitely inspired me to become an even better designer than I ever could have imagined,” said Jennifer Hesselbach ‘15, a graphic designer for A.P. Keaton, a New York City-based marketing firm.

A visual eye and flair for design

The role of a graphic designer is to shape and color the tidal wave of information that fills our media-heavy world – from print, to video, to web, to the ever-changing elements in interactive media.

As a graphic design major at the University of New Haven, you’ll learn to create compelling visual communications that cut through the information clutter.

Through this program, you will:
  • Learn basic design vocabulary, elements of composition and layout, color theory, drawing and photography
  • Focus on typographic studies, digital illustration and imaging, visual research and cataloguing and using data and information
  • Create and polish your portfolio
  • Build a professional identity and practice
  • Gain hands-on experience during an internship
  • Network with professionals through involvement in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the College Art Association (CAA) and the Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC)
  • Learn from visiting designers and lecturers
  • Have the opportunity to join on-campus clubs, such as the Graphic Arts Club, the Photography Club, and Art from the Heart

With these skills and experiences, you will be well-equipped to pursue your passion for visual design as an art director, a product designer, a marketing manager, a multimedia artist – or to start your own agency.

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Learn from professors who are dedicated to your success.

Our faculty are leaders and innovators in their fields, bringing both deep professional experience and academic rigor to the classroom.

Envision Your Future

The information below is designed to show the many possible careers you could pursue with your major. The research is provided by Encoura, the leading research and advisory firm focused exclusively on higher education. It includes median national salaries and industry growth projections over the next decade. Click here to view the full report.


Art Director

10% Growth 2017-2027


Marketing Content Manager

13% Growth 2017-2027


Advertising Manager

9% Growth 2017-2027

Nationally Recognized Center for Career Development

All University of New Haven students have access to the many resources available through the University’s Career Development Center, which has been named one of the best in the nation by The Princeton Review.

From career assessments, networking, and job shadowing to on-campus interviews and salary negotiation, the Career Development Center provides the skills and connections to identify a meaningful career and an opportunity to pursue your passion.

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Innovative Courses

  • Typography II

    This course will further expand and define typographic concepts as they relate to design methodologies. Students will make sense of typography through deconstruction. Studio projects are designed to generate a deeper understanding of the technology and processes that have shaped typography. The course emphasizes a critical look at the history of letterforms, their function, and the role type has played in graphic communication.

  • Virtual Reality

    With a focus on developing the skills necessary for the professional and artistic studio, this course covers the creation of portfolio-quality digital expressions, designs, and fine art while exploring the fundamentals of experience design for virtual reality simulations. Students will expand their personal digital design vocabulary by trying new and alternative processes and techniques. Course content will explore the theory, methodology, and technical skills necessary to create meaningful, multisensory, interactive experiences. Students will constructively critique the work of others from formal, technical, and conceptual frames-of reference.

  • History of New Media

    This course examines how traditional boundaries between artistic and technological disciplines have been blurred. The course focuses on the ideas, movements, and technological/artistic practice which have guided new media aesthetic and arts movements through the 20th century. Students will develop an understanding of new media, analyzing historical trends and seminal work in the media arts and information sciences, as well as the language and aesthetics unique to new media.

  • Senior Thesis in Graphic Design

    This course is an advanced design seminar in which students develop an individual project in the topic of their choice. Each student will complete a coherent package of advanced graphic design work, culminating in a group design project exhibition and design research paper. This semester-long project is designed to encourage extended development and synthesis of communication skills and is related to design disciplines. The Thesis should represent a significant body of independent creative work. It can take many different forms or combinations of forms: digital or print publication, web and apps, packaging and installation, or motion graphics.

  • Full List of Courses for Graphic Design

    The University of New Haven offers a wide variety of in-depth courses that create a transformational educational experience for our students. To view the complete list of courses you'll take while pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Graphic Design, BFA

    Digital Art and Design Concentration, BFA

    Graphic Design Minor

    Digital Art and Design Minor

    Art Minor

    Photography Minor



National Association of Colleges of Art and Design Accreditation

The University of New Haven has achieved National Association of Colleges of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation. This mark of excellence designates the University’s Bachelor of Arts programs in art and Bachelor of Fine Arts graphic design, digital art and design, and interior design, as well as the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in drawing, illustration, painting, and sculpture at Lyme as nationally accredited programs.

Founded in 1944, NASAD is an organization of schools, conservatories, colleges, and universities with approximately 360 accredited institutional members. It establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/design-related endeavors.

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Next Steps

  • Admission Requirements

    Whether you're still in high school or are transferring from another college, we offer full- and part-time opportunities for undergraduates from inside the U.S. and abroad. The admission process can begin as early as the end of your high school junior year.

    The Application Process

  • Financial Aid Opportunities

    We offer a comprehensive financial aid program, with students receiving assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, student loans, and part-time employment. Funds are available from federal and state governments, private sponsors, and from university resources. More than 85 percent of the University's full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance.

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