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Art: Graphic Design

Program Overview

Combine focused instruction in typography, image making and current technologies with a broad foundation in design theory and the history of graphic design. A major in art with a concentration in graphic design sets you up for a successful career in publication design, advertising, web development, and beyond.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Full-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 4 years
Credit Hours: 78

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

Our graphic design courses are limited to 20 students. Your professors will get to know you—not only as a designer but also as an individual.

You’ll have access to an exceptional array of labs and other facilities, including two state-of-the-art Mac labs, a letterpress shop, a designated print lab, and 2D and 3D printing facilities.

In the classroom, you’ll apply design thinking to real-world design practice. Our program is rooted in the varied backgrounds and interests of our faculty, giving you access to a wide range of practices. Our faculty have won Fulbright fellowships and Webby Awards, and they bring experience in design criticism and writing, web and interface development, and professional practice.

Our art department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Program Highlights

As a graphic design student, you can:

  • Develop your skills with courses such as Logo and Identity Design, Typography, Professional Design Practices, and Motion Graphics.
  • Apply for scholarships designed specifically for art and design students.
  • Join a community of designers through student organizations such as the Design Hub.​

Careers & Outcomes

A concentration in graphic design from CMU opens the door to a world of opportunity. Our graduates are working across the country in design-related disciplines including publication design, illustration, identity and branding, advertising, web development, and video production.

Career Projected Salary
Art Director $105,180
Artist/Illustrator $53,140
Graphic Designer/Desktop Publisher $57,990

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