Graphic Design

As the designer does not work in a vacuum, the liberal arts emphasis of the design curriculum at Stritch transcends training in technology and technique to prepare the future professional designers to recognize and grapple with the economic,environmental and social dimension


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The Visual Art department is committed to the ideas and objectives of a liberal arts education as they apply to both interdisciplinary study and practice of the visual arts.

Our program will encourage you to think critically and speak about issues related to arts education and design. You will develop a range of technical skills that can be used to organize materials into objects that express the aesthetic qualities and design concepts that you wish to communicate through your work. You will be exposed to professional standards in your discipline through course work and internship opportunities in the community. Your energetic involvement in the Visual Art department at Stritch will foster a desire for lifelong learning and an active visual participation in your chosen career.

The faculty are working artists, designers, photographers and educators who will guide and prepare students for a variety of careers in the visual arts and design profession.

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Program Format

The Visual Art department offers two-degree programs, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) and the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). The Bachelor of Arts degree has two majors: Art and Art Education with certification in K-12. A concentration is available in Photography or Interdisciplinary Studio Art for the BA in Art (see “Art and Art Education” program pages). In addition we offer a comprehensive Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Graphic Design.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)
  • Spring (January)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of 18 credits can be transferred to a B.A. degree or 36 credits toward a B.F.A. at the discretion of the department upon transcript and portfolio review. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Requirements

Applications for admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply to an undergraduate program:

  • Apply online
  • Request transcripts from your school(s)
  • Send us your ACT or SAT scores

Some academic scholarships require having an application on file, and being accepted, to see if you qualify.

International students will need to submit additional information regarding language proficiency and obtaining a student visa.

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