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.
We are frequently asked about the paths of our alumni. We can unequivocally say that our graduates who pursue careers in design are successful. As a program and a faculty, we do not prescribe the direction you will go in. Rather, it is our goal to help you develop your interests so you can create your own path. We are a program established over 50 years ago at the University of Florida. With that record, we are pleased to share that our alumni work in a range of positions from art direction, UX/UI design, design strategy, brand development, environmental and exhibition design, and develop brands, products, and pretty much everything you can think of in the field of communication design.
The degree program in Graphic Design prepares students for careers in design. The curriculum emphasizes concept development, design process, design systems, strategy, and professional development. Our capstone course culminates with a professional portfolio and promotional materials. UF Graphic Design graduates are extremely competitive in the job market and go on to work in a number of design-related fields, and often build careers where they move within systems of design and between mediums. interactive, environmental, design, and web design and multimedia. Some students also choose to earn a graduate 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, including the award winning Rhyme and Reason (Atlanta) and Hatchett Design (Orlando). Recent graduates work at firms including R/GA, Macy’s, Interbrand, West Elm, Microsoft, Shutterfly, Bartle Bogle Hegarty LLC, Tory Burch, Facebook, Twitter, IDEO, 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. As a terminal degree, the MFA is a 60 credit-hour program of study (usually 3 years) for persons interested in advanced, academic exploration of design with an emphasis on culture, human centered design, and social design.
Our UF program integrates the academic study with exploratory practice of design. This includes areas of design such as history, theory, criticism, pedagogy, research, and fieldwork, which are difficult to explore from within the profession. These topics are approached through creative 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 MFA alumni are working at Apple, Intuit, Frost Museum of Science, University of Florida, and teaching at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University, Ball State University, Roger Williams University, Ohio University, the University of Houston-Downtown, and Western Oregon University.