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What will I learn?

Pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in graphic design at Wichita State will prepare you for competitive, client-based work in an ever-changing visual and virtual environment. You’ll develop your creative design skills for advertising, branding, motion graphics, video games, web and apps, illustration, typography, packaging and print publications.


You’ll start by taking art foundation courses and introductory graphic design courses. After you complete them, and get admitted into the program, you’ll complete the graphic design emphasis coursework over four semesters during your junior and senior year.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in graphic design is the professional degree for students intending to enter the field of visual communication and design. The program provides courses in typography, illustration, photography, book design, advertising, package design, computer graphics and design theory.

The study of graphic design develops the ability to solve communication problems within a cultural, aesthetic, technical, ethical and economic context. Designers create visual messages that serve many needs including advertising, packaging, publishing, identity and branding, websites and digital graphics. These solutions require creativity and lateral thinking, as well as the technical, verbal and written skills to solve specific client problems in their communications.

Graphic design has its roots in a variety of disciplines, including sociology, linguistics, art and design history, and technology. The field has traditionally been linked to commerce and the ability of merchants and institutions to communicate with specific audiences. It is also related to philosophical, literary, architectural and artistic movements.

Applied Learning

Students in the BFA in graphic design program are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from the program. This requirement can be met by completing four semesters of ARTG 354, as well as a sequence of four upper-division studio classes, including a capstone course (ARTG 334, ARTG 335, ARTG 434 and ARTG 435).


A degree in graphic design from Wichita State will help build your skills, your confidence and your portfolio leading to careers such as creative director, advertising executive, and communications professional and designer in a wide range of settings.

Which department am I in?

College of Fine Arts

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$15,800.00 per year
USD $540.27 per credit hour

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected November 2022

Start date

Expected January, June, August 2023


College of Fine Arts

1845 Fairmount Street,



67260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are required to complete high school (or will soon graduate from high school) are eligible to apply.

For international students

Students who have completed high school (or will soon graduate from high school) are eligible to apply

English proficiency may be demonstrated in the following ways:

  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): 72
  • Wichita State Institutional TOEFL (PBT): 530
  • IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator overall band score: 6.0
  • PTE Academic: 49

Application deadline: Spring term - Sep 15 (Basic Service), Nov 01 (Standard Service), Dec 01 (Premium Service); Fall term - Apr 15 (Basic Service), Jun 01 (Standard Service), Jul 01 (Premium Service); Summer term - Feb 1 (Basic Service), Mar 01 (Standard Service), Apr 01 (Premium Service)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Wichita State University

Wichita State is a public university that offers high quality education, affordable tuition, and real-world experience.

  • One of the most affordable research universities in the U.S.
  • Over 225 majors to choose from across diverse colleges
  • Affiliates on campus offer research & job opportunities
  • Scholarship of USD 4,800+ for students with GPA of 3.0

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