Graphic Design

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The Graphic Design area in the Lamar Dodd School of Art prepares students to communicate ideas and experiences by integrating visual and textual content across various media.

Admission to the Graphic Design Major
Area Course requirements
Required Equipment

The Graphic Design program provides a broad course of study focused on developing effective visual responses to communication problems. Professional graphic design practice is diverse and dynamic; thus, we stress a strong grounding in design and communication fundamentals like typography, information hierarchy, concept development and visual exploration. We aim to broadly prepare students for creative lives and professions related to visual communication with a variety of courses that develop abilities in collaboration, build an understanding of audiences, and encourage experimentation across media. The program encourages an interdisciplinary approach to design and benefits from the broad offerings of a comprehensive School of Art and the greater University.

UGA Graphic Design graduates secure positions in a variety of creative positions in firms ranging from boutique design studios that focus on motion, experience or branding design, to the entertainment and publishing industries, to in-house creative departments for museums, apparel brands and digital companies. Alumni have secured positions at the following firms and companies, among others:

  • CNN, IBM Design, Evernote
  • Facebook,, Free People  
  • Inc. magazine, Aveda, Turner Broadcasting
  • Son & Sons Branding, Gensler/New York
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Primal Screen, Matchstic

Graphic Design Portfolio Review
Admission to the Graphic Design Major

Students interested in pursuing the Graphic Design concentration must enroll in ARGD 2010, Graphic Design Survey. (Prerequisites are completion of ARST 1050 and 1060 or 1080.) Multiple sections of ARGD 2010 are offered each academic year (typically in the fall semesterr only). Students are eligible to apply to the graphic design major via portfolio review at the end of the term in which they are enrolled in ARGD 2010. This review will coincide with the School of Art portfolio week beginning in fall 2018.

Successful completion of the review results from area faculty judgment of various facets of student work and performance including: the pieces submitted (exploration, conceptual approach, execution and craftsmanship), candidate's grades, and professionalism and participation in the course, as well as the area’s resources. Once accepted into the Graphic Design area, it will take a minimum of five semesters to matriculate through the program.



Course Requirements

For current degree requirements, refer to the UGA online bulletin (Area of Emphasis in Graphic Design)

Curriculum: See the four-year course plan for majors accepted in fall 2016 (pdf).

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Required Equipment

Students accepted as graphic design majors are required to have a Mac laptop with current Adobe Creative Cloud software in their first semester of major coursework (Be sure to chose the educational subscription pricing option). Details regarding current minimum machine requirements will be provided once students are accepted into the area. (Students do not need their own laptop to take the ARGD 2010 Graphic Design Survey class.)

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A progress review will be held in the second semester of major coursework in which Graphic Design faculty will determine continuation in the Graphic Design major based on grades, effort, participation and attendance in ARGD courses.

An overall 3.0 average must be maintained in all Graphic Design classes in order to enroll in required ARGD 4110 Graphic Design Senior Portfolio Project course. 

Visit the UGA School of Art Graphic Design Student Site here.