What will I learn?

A B.A. or B.F.A in Graphic Design prepares creative and artistic students for lifelong careers in visual communication. Students in Graphic Design are visual problem solvers who communicate with text and images in a wide range of applications and settings. Our graduates have careers in interesting and creative fields such as—visual communications, web design, illustration, typography, art direction, logo and icon design, digital and game art, advertising design, user experience design, and corporate communications.

Graphic Design classes in the B.A. and B.F.A. degree programs take place in the Wheatley Center — home to large, well-lit art studios and spacious computer labs that feature cutting-edge Macintosh Pro computers and Adobe Creative Suite software. Our design students have 24/7 access to the labs and studios, access to professional-grade computers, software, a laser color printer, wide-format inkjet printer, laser cutter, 3-D printers, a woodshop, spray booth, vacuum former, lighting studio, and exhibit spaces to showcase their creative work.

The BFA degree is considered by industry and academia (College Art Association, National Assoc of Schools of Art & Design, & AIGA) to be a Professional Degree in Graphic Design.

120 Credits = 40 classes (65%, or 26 courses, must be in Art & Design to meet BFA standards)
13 RMU Core classes
26 classes in the major (including 2 media arts electives)
1 marketing course

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

  • Vector Illustration
  • Advertising Design
  • Advanced Typography

Which department am I in?

School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$33,920.00 per year
USD $16,960 per semester; USD $1,090 per credit hour
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

January 2022


School of Informatics, Humanities and Social Sciences

6001 University Boulevard,



15108, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

For international students

Student requires high school transcripts showing all grades and GPA, or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Preference is given to students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

English Language Scores:

Testing for non-native English speakers: TOEFL - 61 iBT, 500 written; IELTS - 5.0 overall band score; Duolingo English Test (DET) – 85; PTE – 45.

Application Deadline: May 1st for Fall attendance and November 1st for Spring attendance.

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


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