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Graphic Design

Learn how to express your ideas and who you are as an artist with strong conceptual development, visual and verbal skills in a variety of platforms from interactive and environmental art to print publications and UX/UI focused apps and websites.

In demand skills for real-world success

As a graphic design student, you'll learn a rich array of graphic design tools and work with faculty to broaden your understanding of the design field. You will utilize design thinking to work in both self-initiated and client-associated environments. You'll be prepared to work at the best agencies and studios in careers such as art director, web and app designer, production artist and branding designer. Courses and field-based internships help students develop innovative and mature portfolios. Distinguished and professionally active graphic design faculty represent the diversity of contemporary design practice, research and pedagogy. Graduates are successful in the competitive job market.

Degrees & Offerings

Art: Graphic Design (BFA)

  Vermillion Main Campus

As an undergraduate graphic design student, you will learn the basics of your design major through courses such as brand identity, typography, digital design, web design, package design, publication design portfolio design which allows you to customize your program of study to match your career goals and art interests.

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Art Education: Graphic Design (BFA)

  Vermillion Main Campus

The BFA in art education is a four-year degree program that prepares you for certification to teach K-12 visual arts or pursue another professional career. This degree is offered in conjunction with the School of Education to ensure that you are equally and comprehensively exposed to the academic and artistic components of the degree. With a specialization in graphic design or multimedia, you'll become skilled with a rich array of graphic design tools and work with faculty to broaden your understanding of the design field.

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Program Details







Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers that contribute to your education in the only College of Fine Art in the state.
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The Department of Art will provide you with unique and applicable real-world experience and connections that enable you to immerse yourself in an environment built for personal and creative discovery.

USD Graphic Design Facilities

Our Design Studio

Here are some of the facilities and resources available to graphic design students:


  • Networked computer software template
  • 27” iMac studio space with 24/7 access
  • Access to full Adobe CC suite and current design software
  • Letterpress and type shop capabilities
  • Fully equipped printing shop with 44" wide Epson 9800 poster printer, Epson 4900 large format photographic-quality printer and HP750 17" LaserJet printer
  • Large platform laser cutter
  • Ultimaker 3D printers and 3D scanners
  • Graduate studios with office and work stations
  • Design exhibition space in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Graphic designers thrive at USD

Focused on learning and gaining real-world skills through one-on-one interaction with professors who care about your career goals.

USD AIGA students participate with float in the Dakota Days Homecoming parade

Connect with local designers

As a graphic design major at USD, you can get involved and become a member of the local American Institute of Graphic Art (AIGA) chapter which provides opportunities in the local design community and builds leadership skills that will be invaluable as they move into the professional world. 

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student success story

Success story Mikayla Meyer smiling.
Because of the knowledge I gained and the support from faculty, I scored an internship at Hunter Douglas over the summer of 2021 and am still there today. Working on their Customer Experience Communications team as a junior graphic designer is the real-world experience that truly has prepared me for life after college.

Mikayla Meyer

BFA Graphic Design '22
Junior Graphic Designer, Hunter Douglas
Chamberlain, South Dakota

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