Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at St. Edward’s teaches you to creatively solve problems in the world around you. Tapping into your innate sense of design, you'll use symbols, images, typography and language to communicate — creating materials ranging from publications and websites to ephemera and everyday objects. You'll become an effective conceptual thinker as you delve into the contexts in which design is created and used, as well as its history, theory, methods and technology.

At St. Edward’s, BA in Graphic Design students learn how graphic design contributes to the formation and expression of complex societal ideas and values. They can join the staff of Arete or the Sorin Oak Review, two campus publications for academic and creative works. Graphic design majors lend their talents to Hilltop Views, the campus newspaper, and they help create fliers and posters for campus events and student organizations. Additionally, Command G, the graphic design student organization, supports students by arranging workshops and roundtables and by providing opportunities to explore careers in the field through studio visits.

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design


As a BA in Graphic Design major, you’ll learn both traditional print design and plunge into the ever-evolving world of digital design. You’ll stay on the cutting edge of technology while mastering foundational color theory and layout skills that stand the test of time. You’ll learn how the history of graphic design informs current and future techniques. And you’ll develop a portfolio that impresses employers with your talent and ability to produce professional-level work.

Students select this degree to enter fields that rely on creative visual expression. Some students go on to pursue graduate study in such areas as film, marketing and digital media. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions, an internship and program events — allows you to learn more about career options and the choice of doing graduate work.

With a BA in Graphic Design, graduates may develop symbols and innovative branding concepts that captivate audiences with marketing and advertising designs, produce newspaper and magazine layouts, or create film and produce music posters. Tech-savvy graduates may pursue web or interactive design or apply their interactive design skills alongside video game software developers.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Graphic Design majors take courses from these groups:

Students who major in graphic design complete core courses, which include Typography, Graphic Design History, Image Methodology, Interaction Design and Portfolio Reviews.

Students develop and execute a self-initiated project within a proscribed framework as part of their final year of study. During the course of the fall semester, students investigate several strategies for identifying their interests, defining project parameters and methods of inquiry as a means of mapping out and executing a self-initiated project that addresses, critiques or positions itself within the applied aspects of design. In the spring semester, students work together to curate and promote an exhibition of the projects completed in the fall.

Students complete a required design internship and gain hands-on experience at businesses or nonprofits, such as design studios, nonprofit agencies, marketing agencies, video game developers, service organizations and publications.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design.


In addition to the required internship, graphic design students may earn credit for completing other internships. These are excellent opportunities to learn new skills, explore your passions, and collaborate and network with professionals. Internship experiences are an outstanding addition to your résumé and provide a distinct advantage in the business world and for graduate school.

Our students have pursued internships with organizations such as these:

  • Austin Parks and Recreation Department
  • Coronado Studio
  • The Decoder Ring Design Concern
  • Dell
  • EnviroMedia Social Marketing
  • fd2s
  • Girl Scouts of Central Texas
  • Guerilla Suit
  • GSD&M Advertising
  • LifeWorks
  • St. Edward’s University Marketing Office
  • The Screamer Company

Creative Expression

Students can join Command G, the graphic design student group at St. Edward’s. Command G members regularly contribute their talents to Arete, Sorin Oak Review, the McNair Scholars Program Research Journal and other design projects for on-campus clients, expanding their skills and developing portfolio pieces.

Graphic design students may also take part in the annual Student Portfolio Review — a collaboration between St. Edward’s and AIGA Austin. Students meet one-on-one with local design professionals and get advice, insight and information on presenting themselves and their work in the job market.

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