About the Program
We offer the undergraduate BFA in Graphic Design and the graduate MFA in Studio Art with a Graphic Design concentration. Both the programs are centered on a uniquely collaborative studio/classroom environment where students build a vibrant learning community to foster exceptional creativity and innovation. This structure is key to our curriculum as it empowers and prepares students for life-long careers in this dynamic field. As a professional degree, our BFA teaches the practice of graphic design. Our MFA, which builds on professional proficiency, emphasizes advanced research in design. Our alumni consistently indicate that our programs—with their vibrancy, community, and conceptual orientation—prepared them well for rich and rewarding careers in diverse positions.
The degree program in Graphic Design prepares students for serious professional work in the field. The curriculum emphasizes concept development and application, work with clients, and professional development, including the establishment of a working portfolio. UF Graphic Design graduates are extremely competitive in the job market and go on to work in a number of design-related fields, including print and advertising, interactive design, and web design and multimedia. Some students also choose to earn a master’s degree in the field or pursue other professional degrees.
Alumni are working in the US and abroad, at large and small firms, and many have started their own design studios. Recent graduates work at firms including R/GA, Macy's, Interbrand, West Elm, Microsoft, Shutterfly, Bartle Bogle Hegarty LLC, Tory Burch, Facebook, IDEO, Victoria’s Secret, Walt Disney Imagineering, Porter Novelli, Starbucks, Flickr, Sapient, Jet Blue, and more.
Since the early 1990s, the graphic design area has offered a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree, the terminal degree in the field. The graduate degree program is intended to foster a level of superior research to advance the profession and positively contribute to society. This is a 60 credit-hour program of study (usually 3 years) for persons interested in advanced, academic exploration of design.
Our UF program is primarily focused on the academic study, not professional practice, of graphic design. This includes areas of design such as history, theory, criticism, and pedagogy, which are difficult to explore from within the profession. These topics are approached through creative studio projects sharpened with generous amounts of scholarly research and discussion.
MFA applicants are expected to have substantial professional or academic design experience. However, our faculty also values students from other disciplines such as architecture, communications, cultural studies, and so on, who can provide a diverse vision and viewpoint.
Alumni pursue both professional practice and academic careers. Recent alumni are working at R/GA, Apple, Intuit, and teaching at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University, Bahçeşehir University, Roger Williams University, Ohio University, University of Houston-Downtown, and University of Texas-Pan American.