Graphic Design

Bachelor of 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.

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

  • Illustration

    An introduction to the skills associated with the illustration profession: providing black and white and full color artwork for books, magazines, posters, the movie industry, art directors, and designers. This is a basic foundation in preparing students to understand what an illustrator does and how to approach assignments for publications. Students will explore the various styles and techniques used in illustration including pen and ink, pencil, watercolors, painting, and other mediums to execute the projects.

  • Digital Illustration and Information Design

    Study the conceptual approaches and visualization methods using vector and pixel-based applications. Students will develop their analytical skills exploring word and image relationships alongside diverse graphic conventions. Class projects will be augmented with in-class exercises, demonstrations, lectures, and critiques.

  • Studies in Design History

    An exploration of the graphic arts beginning with early printing practices to modern design masters and trends. This lecture-based course examines the foundations of visual communications. Through examples, the course provides an understanding of how to create effective design and elements to avoid in creating visual communications.

  • Graphic Design Professional Practices

    A focus on the final preparation for entering the professional graphic design environment. There is an emphasis on providing practical knowledge of business practices in graphic design, marketing, contracts, estimating, and developing requests for proposals. Projects will emphasize portfolio and résumé preparation, professional practices, presentations, particular approaches to the portfolio, and making use of discipline-based resources.

  • 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 Arts in Graphic Design, check out the Academic Catalog:

    Graphic Design, B.A.

    Digital Art and Design Concentration, B.A.

    Graphic Design Minor

    Digital Art and Design 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, graphic 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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