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Graphic Design, B.F.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Oakland, TN, United States
Graphic Design at California College of the Arts is dedicated to conceptual exploration alongside practice-based problem solving. We teach students to become leaders in the field by emphasizing collaborative studio work, creative risk-taking, and elegant design solutions that engage with pressing social issues.
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Work across a broad range of media

The Graphic Design program offered by California College of the Arts is grounded in practical knowledge, critical thinking, and a passion for investigation. You’ll learn to balance observation and research with thinking and making as you work across a broad range of media. We consider the political and social impact of book arts, zines, and muralist traditions, while looking to the future of embedded technologies and systems thinking. The historical and contemporary contexts of graphic design will help you refine your voice and strengthen your design toolkit.

Potential career paths

  • Graphic designer
  • Interaction designer
  • Visual designer
  • Web designer
  • Product designer
  • Type designer
  • Book designer
  • UX designer
  • Service designer
  • Motion graphics designer
  • Editorial designer
  • Identity designer

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Graphic Design Tools
  • Graphic Design Studios 1–3
  • Typography 1–3
  • Interactive
  • Advanced Interactive
  • Media History 2
  • Professional Practice Workshop
  • Internship
  • Graphic Design Electives
  • Advanced Design Studio
  • Senior Thesis

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.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • An online application and nonrefundable application fee of $70
  • Personal essay
  • High school and/or university transcripts
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Portfolio (log in to SlideRoom)
  • Proof of English proficiency (international applicants only)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    51092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51092 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    51092 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 51092 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Oakland

  • 1055 - 1970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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