For more information about the Graphic Design major:
Contact Jimmy Luu, Area Coordinator
Solve problems using your creativity
The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at St. Edward’s University engages students in an exciting and challenging program designed to empower students to tackle creative problem-solving.
Designers play an important role in society, sharing and creating knowledge and experiences. They contribute to the formation and expression of complex societal ideas and values. In preparation for a career or further studies in design, you will first study traditional print design, and then dive into the continuously changing world of digital design.
- How graphic designers shape the visual environment through typography, image and form
- The history, theory, methods and technology of design
- The contexts in which design is created and used
- Symbols, typography and language used to communicate
Prepare to be challenged to create for multiple mediums, including: publications, websites, everyday objects and ephemera
Graduates of this program are primed to become effective conceptual thinkers, in addition to acquiring the critical thinking skills for understanding the creation and use of design. They'll also master foundational color theory and layout skills.
Transfer students are required to submit portfolios for review by Graphic Design department faculty before registering for courses where transfer credit for prerequisites has been given.
This major is part of the Department of Visual Studies.
Major Requirements: The BA in Graphic Design requires 49 hours of graphic design major courses, which include a combination of introductory coursework, visual studies, art, and graphic design.
General Education Requirements: The Graphic Design degree requires 57 hours of general education courses that students complete over four years in addition to their major courses and electives.
A few examples of the Graphic Design major courses students take:
- Interactive Design - This course explores design issues unique to user-centered interaction in digital media. Students examine a range of formal and conceptual issues, including user interface, organization, narrative, motion, time and sound.
- Social Design - This course explores issues of responsibility and how designers participate, shape and criticize the world around us.
- Image Methodology - The purpose of this class is to teach strategies and processes for developing and utilizing original images. Whether the images are digital or analog, students learn to seek the full potential of an image and exploit the possibilities within it.
Meet the Faculty
Our distinguished faculty members are excellent researchers, educators and practitioners who get to know their students as individuals. They share their passion for learning and create fun and dynamic experiences that challenge and inspire students to achieve their potential. Meet a few of them ...
Professor Luu's practice resists traditional notions of Graphic Design, resulting in his engagement with a range of activity that includes public art, traditional print design, and design journalism. He welcomes and enjoys answering any questions about the curriculum. jimmyl [at] stedwards.edu (subject: St.%20Ed%E2%80%99s%20GDES%20curriculum%20question) (512) 428-3119
– Jimmy Luu, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Area Coordinator
To keep her students on the forefront of the ever-changing design profession, Professor Garza frequently pilots leading-edge technologies and pedagogical approaches, such as creating a mobile scavenger hunt to immerse students in new content, using cloud collaboration tools for a digital history project, running a Hackathon to create mobile websites, and experimenting with 3D printing.
– Kim Garza, Associate Professor of Graphic Design
Professor Phan is advisor to the graphic design student group and oversees many other student designed endeavors on campus.
– Tuan Phan, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Along with personal attention and mentorship from their professors, our students have access to offices and programs outside of the classroom that support their success. We encourage students to take advantage of these resources that help them thrive and excel: Learn more about these services.
Outside the Classroom
Students majoring in Graphic Design can explore career paths and practical application of their studies through internships and interactions with the greater Austin community.
On Campus Projects
Learn how graphic design contributes to the formation and expression of complex societal ideas and values. Join the staff of Arete or the Sorin Oak Review, campus publications for academic and creative works, or lend your talents to Hilltop Views, the campus newspaper.
There are also opportunities to help create fliers and posters for campus events and student organizations. Be sure to join Command G, the Graphic Design student organization. Command G arranges workshops and roundtables and provides opportunities to explore careers in the field through studio visits.
Graphic Design Exhibitions
To Be Continued is the collective work of the 2017 St. Edward's University senior graphic design class. The exhibition showcases the intersection of creativity, ingenuity, and tenacity of the group.
Our students have recently interned with:
- Houndstooth Studio, an Austin-based studio that creates audience experiences
- Chaotic Moon Studios, a creative technology studio focused on software, mobile development and design
- Bakery, a creative and technology agency
- Realty Austin, an Austin-based real estate agency
Kelly Cromack (BA Graphic Design ’15) is an Art Director at Mighty Arsenal in Austin. Justice Gutierrez (BA Graphic Design ’15) screened his thesis film at Austin Music Video Festival 2015, which was also a finalist for the Adobe Design Achievement Award. He founded a film production studio, Warm Bubblegum and is shooting his first short, Mammoth. Paige Bryan (BA Graphic Design ’14) is a designer at Mood Media in Austin. Ben Osheyack (BA Graphic Design ’13) is an interactive production designer at Houndstooth Studio and a freelance illustrator. Daniel Arpaia (BA Graphic Design ’13) Leveraged his internship at Houndstooth Studio into a full-time position as production designer, and currently works at Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills. Heather Brien (BA Graphic Design ’13) Leveraged her internship at Chaotic Moon Studios into a full-time position as production designer at Chaotic Moon Studios, and is currently a Visual Designer there. Erica Ochoa (BA Graphic Design ’13) Leveraged her internship at the St. Edward’s International Studies Abroad office into a full-time graphic design position. Miranda Petrosky (BA Graphic Design ’13) Leveraged her internship at The Bakery Interactive into a full-time position as Interactive Designer. Emily Pryor(BA Graphic Design ’13) Leveraged her internship at Realty Austin into a full-time position and is currently graphic designer at Concierge Auctions. Katy O’Neill (BA Graphic Design ’13) is an environmental graphic designer at Gensler in Chicago. Heather White (BA Graphic Design ’13) is the founder of mobile tech company Balderdash and currently founder and CEO of SeaLab Creative in Austin Texas. Abbas Deidehban (BA Graphic Design ’12) is an Art Director at The Barbarian Group in New York, where he works on accounts including Pepsi, Bacardi, Hornitos, Canon, P&G, 3M, NFL, and Radioshack. Alex Roka (BA Graphic Design 12’) designer and art director at PREACHER and won a local design award. Erica Stivison (BA Graphic Design ’12), former designer at Arts and Recreation design studio, just started at VISA in the fall of 2016. Aaron Arnold (BA Graphic Design ’11) is a designer at HomeAway Software in Austin. Andrew Jackson (BA Graphic Design ’11) founded Digital Hotdog, a creative digital studio in Austin. Gerald Llorence Jr. (BA Graphic Design ’11) is a designer at Houston First in Houston.
About the Minor
Students who wish to earn a Graphic Design minor must take the following coursework, totaling 24 hours.
- Foundation of Art and Design
- Typography I
- Graphic Design I
- Image Methodology
- Graphic Design II
- Sophomore Portfolio Review
- History of Graphic Design
- Advanced Issues in Typography
- Graphic Design II
- Junior Portfolio Review
Are you a current student? Contact your advisor for next steps on declaring your major or minor.
Success for Graphic Design Graduate
Edith Valle ’16 (GDES) made it to the finalist round for the Center for Urban Pedagogy's Fellowship for Change in Design. The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization in New York City that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement.
Valle works with the City of Austin in the Watershed Protection Department designing educational materials to engage the Austin community in protecting their watersheds, and has previously worked with Student Action with Farmworkers organizing farmworkers in Raleigh, NC.