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Graphic Design, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #191 (WUR) New York City, NY, United States
Prepare for a career in graphic design by learning how to communicate visually. In the Graphic Design program of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth you’ll develop your talents and skills to achieve a high level of professional ability, while pursuing your own creative goals.
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The Graphic Design program of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth will prepare you for the many career opportunities available in contemporary design practice.

The BFA is a professional degree with concentrated areas of specialization, so you will take more art and design courses than you would in a BA program. At UMass Dartmouth, you also have the advantages of a university education where you can diversify your studies and expand your career opportunities by exploring fields such as business, sustainability, writing/communication, computer science, and many more.

Our faculty—who are also professionals in their fields—will teach you how to:

  • research and analyze content as part of the design process
  • work within the context of the message, audience, environment, and technology
  • develop graphic translations such as symbols, books, posters, and interactive media
  • create art with a purpose

UMassD Advantages

  • Internships: enhance your studies while gaining professional experience
  • Facilities: work with contemporary and historical tools; our computer and imaging labs feature industry-standard software and hardware workstations, printers, and scanners
  • Star Store: the Star Store campus in New Bedford includes studios for book arts, letterpress, and silkscreen printing
  • IDEAStudio: collaborate, create, and explore technology including video editing and green screen, 3D scanner, 3D printer, and laser engraver
  • CVPA Design Studio: work with real clients, cultivate community partnerships, navigate the business side of design, and produce professional work
  • Community: interact with professionals, alumni, and peers by attending guest lectures and workshops,  going on the annual trip to New York City, and participating in the Graphic Design Club

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Visual Arts Seminar 
  • Structural Drawing 
  • 2D Form and Surface 
  • 3D Form and Space Color in Design 
  • Introduction to Typography
  • Studies in Visual Culture Visualizing Complexity

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    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

  • Complete and submit your application
  • Submit secondary and/or post-secondary sealed official transcripts translated into English
  • Submit an official SAT or ACT score report
  • All non-native speakers of English must demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Send us an essay or personal statement of up to 500 words on a topic of your choice; you can complete this as part of the Common Application
  • Accepted international students need an I-20 document in order to enter the United States
  • Submit a portfolio

Tuition Fee

  • International

    30623 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30623 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    30103 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 30103 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    14358 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14358 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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