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Solve problems creatively

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. 

You'll examine:
  • 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 or New College 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. PDF iconSee course descriptions for applicable courses.


With a Bachelor of Arts 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 movie and produce music posters.

The Graphic Design program prepares students for graduate studies in areas such as film, marketing and digital media. It's also a starting point for students who wish to enter fields that rely on creative expression. Tech-savvy graduates may pursue web or interactive design or apply their interactive design skills alongside video game software developers.

Through the program, students develop a portfolio, an important asset used for job consideration. This allows them to showcase their talent and ability to produce professional-level work to future employers.

Outside the Classroom

Graphic Design students 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 that supports students. Command G arranges workshops and roundtables and provides opportunities to explore careers in the field through studio visits.

About the Minor

Students who wish to earn a Graphic Design minor must take the following coursework, totaling 24 hours.

Required Courses
  • Foundation 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 III
  • Junior Portfolio Review​

For more information about applicable coursework, please consult the undergraduate bulletin.

Alumni News

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.