Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Graphic Design
Graphic Design at Illinois State fosters a collaborative environment engaging you with print and emerging digital media. Our program prepares you to contribute to positive change for the betterment of society.
Students graduating from the Graphic Design program can pursue successful careers in client-based design or self-initiated research. You'll have opportunities to work at design studios, advertising agencies, and diverse corporations or institutions.
Our alumni continue to be a part of the Wonsook Kim School of Art after graduation and we continue to harness professional relationships and networking connections between them and our current students through social media and CrossPlatform, the Graphic Design student club.
We offer three programs in Graphic Design: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).
BFA in Graphic Design
The BFA in Graphic Design sequence is a highly selective course of study which prepares you for a professional career in graphic design and related fields in visual communication.
This program offers twelve Graphic Design courses and several electives such as Digital Media, Video, Photography, Game Design, and Expanded Media. You will explore diverse topics such as design thinking and research methodologies, advanced typography, systems design, branding, interaction and time-based narratives, design history, multicultural perspectives, social impact, and civic engagement.
In addition, you will gain professional experience through Graphic Design Internship or Design Streak Studio. Senior students are required to create and develop an independently chosen research topic for the BFA student design exhibition.
Point of Pride
Design Streak Studio, a social innovation lab, facilitates an interdisciplinary environment for students to promote human-centered research, experimentation, and service learning. In addition, students can apply for graphic design internships offered every semester to earn pre-professional work experience.
Why study Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) - Graphic Design?
The program prepares you to enter creative professional practice through theoretical and applied instruction in topics such as systems design, interaction and time-based media, and typography.
You'll engage in real-world projects where you can experience multicultural perspectives and practice civic engagement.
Come see campus and meet with campus representatives either in person or virtually. Optional chances to meet with academic department, honors, and financial aid.
Applying to Illinois State
Students seeking to pursue any Art major besides Art History must submit a portfolio as part of their application.
Applying to BFA in Graphic Design
First-year incoming students are not eligible to apply to the BFA in Graphic Design and must initially pursue the BA/BS in Graphic Design. Interested students may apply to the BFA in Graphic Design during second semester sophomore year.