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Graphic Design, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
New York City, NY, United States
Graphic designers help to shape corporate brands through media, color, illustration, photography, animation, and various other techniques. This competitive field continues to grow rapidly as companies rely more and more on the creative intuition and skills of designers to reach their target audience effectively. 
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You can prepare for a career in this exciting profession by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from St. John’s University. The program provides aspiring graphic designers like you with the techniques, tools, and intellectual skills you need to develop your talents. 

You will gain a full understanding of the theory and applications of graphic design principles, along with how to use color, photography, text, and composition to communicate powerfully and effectively in print and electronic media. You’ll also develop your understanding of layout, design, and production principles.

The program connects students to internships with high-profile, Fortune 1000 corporations ranging from advertising companies to computer design firms. The Department of Art and Design in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has attained the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation, held by selective art schools nationwide.

Career Outcomes

Design studios, advertising agencies, multimedia communications firms, and other businesses rely on designers’ creative problem-solving and technical skills to reach target audiences. Our program will prepare you for the vast array of careers emerging in this growing industry. As part of the BFA program in graphic design, you will either enroll in a semester-long internship or spend a semester producing a creative thesis for exhibition at Dorksy Gallery Curatorial Programs in Long Island City, New York.

If you choose to do an internship, you’ll be placed at a publishing house, advertising agency, graphic design studio, or multimedia company during your senior year. The internship will allow you to hone your strong creative and critical thinking skills, gain professional experience, and launch your career. Many graphic design interns are hired directly from their internship sites before they even graduate.

The faculty’s industry connections allow us to help you find internships and employment opportunities even after graduation. As program alum, we invite you to participate in our networking events to build your own contacts throughout New York City’s vibrant design scene.

Some of the top positions for graduates with a BFA in graphic design include: graphic designer; art director; communication designer; creative director; web designer; interactive designer; user experience designer; marketing communications designer; motion designer; advertising designer; and brand manager.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    132 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Foundation Design
  • Color Theory
  • Mixed Media Concerns
  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Graphics Production
  • Typography
  • Motion Graphics
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Advanced Typography
  • Web Design
  • Advanced Web Design
  • Junior Design
  • Senior Design
  • Social Media for Artists and Designers
  • Drawing 
  • Digital Illustration
  • Printmaking: Relief & Intaglio
  • Digital Photography
  • Intro to Video Art
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Special Topics in Design
  • Book Arts

English Language Requirements

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Online application
  • Official high school transcript(s) for all high schools attended
  • Official standardized test scores
  • Personal Essay 
  • Letters of Recommendation 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    41900 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41900 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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