Graphic Design

Graphic Design in the Department of Art & Art History is predicated upon Graphic Design as a multifaceted discipline in the art and practice of verbalizing, visualizing, and communicating ideas. This approach offers students the creative, intellectual, and technological skill sets necessary to become design practitioners engaged with real world design opportunities. In Art & Art History, design students learn conceptual criticality in relation to the development of form and the importance of articulating the thought processes, research, intention, and outcomes of their work. The studio-based curriculum focuses on principles, theories, and strategies emphasizing visual literacy, typographic refinement, conceptual rigor, formal quality, and technical agility across a range of interfaces such as print, motion, interactive, experience, and installation. The program is situated within the Art & Art History Department, contexualizing Graphic Design within the history and practice of visual art.

BFA Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 total degree credits are required for a BFA degree. Within the 120 total credits a minimum of 66 must be studio art credits, with 30 of the 66 credits at the 3000/4000 level.


Studio Art Credits



Art History Credits



General Education Requirements & Electives

Suggested Sequence of Study

Suggested Sequences of Study for BFA concentrations are only samples/suggested course schedules. Requirements are subject to change and may vary based on catalog year, curriculum changes and course availability.

First Year

Semester 1
ART1010/Studio Concepts /3cr.
ART1020/Criticism & Interpretation /3cr.
ART1030/Drawing 1 /3cr.
Art History 1000/Content Area 1 /3cr.
English 1010/1011 /4cr.
Total Credits /16CR.

Semester 2
ART1040/Drawing 2 /3cr.
ART2110 Graphic Design Process & Thinking /3cr.
Basic Studio 2310, 2410, 2510 or 2610 /3cr.
Content Area 2 /3cr.
Content Area 3 /3–4cr.
Total Credits /15–16CR.

Second Year

Semester 3
ART2011 Intro to Digital Media /3cr.
Basic Studio Art 2310, 2410, 2510 or 2610 /3cr.
ART2120 Graphic Design 1: Typography /3cr.
Content Area 3 (Lab) /3cr.
Content Area 4 /4cr.
Total Credits /16cr.

Semester 4
Basic Studio Art 2310, 2410, 2510 or 2610 /3cr.
ART3995 Counterproof Press /3cr.
ART3110 Graphic Design 2: Relational Design /3cr.
Content Area 1 /3cr.
Content Area 4 /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Third Year

Semester 5
ART3120 Graphic Design 3: Visual Systems /3cr.
ART4130 Design Center /3cr.
ART3000 Studio Art Elective /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000 /3cr.
Math/Stats Q /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Semester 6
ART4110 Graphic Design 4: Communication Dynamics /3cr.
ART4130 Design Center /3cr.
ART3000 Graphic Design Elective* /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000 Elective /3cr.
Content Area 2 /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Fourth Year

Semester 7**
ART4130 Design Center /3cr.
ART3000 Studio Art Elective /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000 /3cr.
ART3000 Graphic Design Elective* /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Semester 8
ART4901 Senior Project /3cr.
ART3131 Graphic Design: Interactive /3cr.
ART3000 Graphic Design Elective* /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Studio Art 3000/4000L Electives may include:
ART3130 Web Design
ART3131 Interactive Design
ART3132 Motion Graphics
ART3170 Design Survey
ART3993 Art Foreign Study (CSM London)
ART3998 Counterproof Press
ART4120 Publication Design
ART4130# Design Center

#May be repeated once

** Students may elect to participate in Graphic Design in London during Semester 7, rather than Semester 5

London Alternative

Third Year

Semester 5
Graphic Design in London

ART3170 Design Survey /3cr.
ART3000 Graphic Design Elective /3cr.
ART3993 Art Foreign Study /6cr.
Total Credits /12cr.

Semester 6
ART4130 Design Center /3cr.
ART3132 Graphic Design: Motion Graphics /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000 Elective /3cr.
Content Area 2 /3cr.
Math/Stats Q /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Art History 3000/4000 /3cr.

Post-London Alternative

Fourth Year

Semester 7
ART4130 Design Center /3cr.
ART3000 Graphic Design Elective* /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000 /3cr.
Art History 3000/4000 /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

Semester 8
ART4901 Senior Project /3cr.
ART4110 Graphic Design 4 /3cr.
ART3000 Graphic Design Elective* /3cr.
ART3000 Graphic Design Elective* /3cr.
Elective /3cr.
Total Credits /15cr.

BA Degree

Students pursuing a BA in Studio Art are not required to declare a concentration, and therefore follow a more general Plan of Study.

BFA & BA Student Work in Graphic Design


Visiting Designers

Prem Krishnamurthy
Paul Sahre
Chris Sleboda
Nick Rock
Jiminie Ha
Rich Hollant
Daphne Geismar
Tim Belonax
Tony Braithwaite
Breanne Trammell
Cynthia Pratomo
Melissa Small, UCGD BFA ’03
Luke Demarest

Zak Jensen
Joel Evey
Mary Banas
Kelly Walters
Renald Louissaint
Isaac Gertman
Heather Phillips
Marcella Kovac, The Bananaland
Milo Bonacci
Liz de Luna
David Frisco
Peter Hall

Steff Geissbuhler
Paul Elliman
Henk van Assen
Rob Giampietro
Thierry Blancpain
David Yun + WAX Studios
Jen Magathan
Dave Bellona, UCGD BFA ’03
Karl Heine
Steve Bowden

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Dina Benbrahim as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Director of Design Center. "Dina is a Moroccan multidisciplinary creative, educator, organizer, and researcher who uses an intersectional feminist lens to dissent and investigate design ...for visibility, civic action, and social justice with minoritized communities to collectively reimagine equitable futures." Learn more about Dina and her work @dina.benbrahim and @hellodepartures We could not be more excited about Dina's energy and vision for Graphic Design at UConn! ❤️

In ART2120 Graphic Design 1 Typography, for their final project students design a book that combines two texts of their choosing: one text must be found on Project Gutenberg, and the other may be freely chosen as a commentary on the first. Cole Heitmann chose the 1923 book “Photographs of Nebulae... & Clusters” by James Edward Keeler, and paired it with passages from Nietzsche’s “Beyond Good & Evil” to make this gorgeous, thoughtful, carefully considered & constructed book. ✨🪐✨🌟

In ART 2110 GD Process & Thinking this fall, these 🖤❕🔳🤍 wallpaper installations 🐼 are developed from individual pieces of wood type printed letterpress, that are then digitized, iterated into figure & ground compositions, & then designed into a series of patterns ...documented in accordion books… and then working in teams, students design a modular wallpaper installation for a specific location. Bishop Basement has never looked so good! 🤍🖤 #graphicdesign #graphicdesigneducation

This semester in Independent Study, @masomasomaso made a beautiful narrative cookbook with recipes, photos, stories, & documents from his Italian father, who served as a naval cook before immigrating to the USA & opening his own restaurant. Belissimo! 💯👍💯🍝🚢

This semester in Independent Study, @nicktardella explored topics in Graphic Design history of interest to him (including photography, Steinlen, the Bauhaus & PoMo) & made this exhibition & box set featuring a poster, playful typeface, & books. 👍💯👍 #graphicdesign ...#graphicdesigneducation #graphicdesignhistory #uconngraphicdesign

We are searching for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Graphic Design! For more information and to apply visit the link in our bio. ❤️

Last UCGD visitor of the trip to @printedmatter_artbookfairs @hlucca so glad everyone is doing so well!!

So great to get a visit from two UCGD alums at #posterperformedinspace @printedmatter_artbookfairs today. Wonderful to see familiar faces and catch up! @samanthaheanue @jayquercia

United Kingdom

Graphic Design in London

Each Fall, a faculty member leads Graphic Design students on a semester-long program in London, England. Students enroll at Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London, on the Graphic Communication Design course. Student study alongside CSM peers in addition to completing UCONN Graphic Design coursework with the resident faculty director.

Program costs and application submissions can be done through the Experiential Global Learning Graphic Design in London program page.

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Graphic Design in London Alumni

Justine Braisted
Shane Milan
Cara Borelli
Jenna Simmons
Jen Lindberg
Emily Nitti
Dawn Tarabocchia
Kristin Davis
Alexis Sundara
Basia Karpiel
Sara Jamshidi
Kiah Wagner
Olivia Sommo
Leyla Aricia
Micha Aviad
Katie-May Howarth
Colin Ladd
Elijah Matthews
Yadavi Patil
Jared Poulsen

Bria Caso
Marilyn O'Dowd
Jocelyn Lau
Drianne Laliberte
Alyssa Najm
Andrea Menchero
Franklin Canales
Olivia Taylor
Rachel Conti
Tracey Tassinari
David Pereira
Erika Back
Mika Mercado
Brooke Foti
Emily Makarainen
Meghan Smith
Mei Buzzell
Cecilia Estanislao
Emilie Dufresne
Natalie Baker

Carlos Dominguez
Vanessa Hopkins
Hunter Kelley
Renald Louissaint
Nicole McDonald
Kellie Pcolar
Brigid Reale
Jacob Rochester
Sarah Williams
Rachel Sarnie
Rebecca Turner
Olivia Crosby
Kaitlin Ford
Jing Huang
Addison Silva
Chin Rochester
Taylor Fournier
Kristen Jones
Jillian Juhas

Joshua Gluck
Samantha Heanue
Thai Tzickas
Alec Marcus
José Ortiz
Alex Makarainen
Raeanne Nuzzo
Isamar Sola
Sara Georgas
Alex Brashears
Madeline Bugbee
Barbara Clayton

Graphic Design in London Instagram

And it’s a wrap! The view from our goodbye dinner in Shoreditch (missing our @madi.marquez). Truly an amazing semester. Well done everybody! #ucdesignuk22 ...

POV from stepping outside CSM at dusk . . . 🌆 🔥 💚 #ucdesignuk22 ...

Grateful to be together for Thanksgiving at the pub & missing those who can’t be with us!!! #ucdesignuk22 ...

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