Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Design your future as you see it. Graphic designers play an important role in conveying the visual message of products or services in unique ways.
The undergraduate Communication Design program graduates effective conceptual thinkers and creative problem-solvers in the areas of Graphic Design and User-Experience Design. In both concentrations, students begin by learning to use the basic elements and principles of design and apply design thinking and design process to learn concepts, technology, image-making, color theory, typography, user analysis and client needs, wireframing and prototyping as students create wide and diverse visual means of communication.

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Why Earn a Communication Design Degree with a Concentration in Graphic Design?

Graphic designers generate original, creative visual communication and ideas and apply technology and a design process to work toward a visual solution through prototyping. Students completing the Graphic Design track will be well prepared to embark on creative careers that allow them to work in teams and create and implement visual communications.

The B.F.A. in Communication Design develops designers who are conceptual thinkers, creative problem solvers and socially responsible citizens. Our graduates are regularly recognized in national and international design competitions and have a high placement rate at top design, interactive and advertising firms throughout the country.

At the College of Visual Arts and Design, we change lives so you can change the world.

Marketable Skills
  • Design elements and principles implementation
  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Design process facilitation
  • Technology/software implementation
  • Professional visual design communication

Communication Design Degree with a Concentration in Graphic Design Highlights

You'll receive instruction from faculty members who've worked as creative directors, art directors or graphic designers at top-tier design firms and advertising agencies.
Students have earned scholarships and awards at the Dallas Society of Visual Communications' National Student Show and in the American Advertising Awards competition.
A Living-Learning Community brings together art majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.
Dallas and Fort Worth design studios regularly seek interns from our Communication Design program.
The College of Visual Arts and Design is one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and one of the best in the Southwest with facilities that include studios, a workshop and a visual resources library.
Our Communication Design program is ranked second in the Southwest and fourth in the nation among public universities by "Animation Career Review."

What Can You Do With a Communication Design Degree with a Concentration in Graphic Design?

A bachelor's degree in Communication Design can prepare you to become a(n):

  • Advertising art director
  • Publication designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Creative director
  • Interactive designer

UNT graphic designer graduates consistently win awards that published annually in national publications such as "Communication Arts," "Print," and "Graphis." They hold positions at Fossil, BBDO advertising agency, Quanta Magazine, Pentagram-New York and Nike.

Communication Design Degree with a Concentration in Graphic Design Courses You Could Take

Foundations of Communication Design (3 hrs)
Computer hardware and software and their application in communication design.
Image Making and Color Theory (3 hrs)
Students develop conceptually-based analog, mixed media and digital illustration skills, as well as study and apply color theory.
Graphic Design (3 hrs)
Students design graphic design artifacts such as visual identity development and collateral, which may include, but are not limited to, brochures, stationery ensembles and/or poster design.
Cause-Based Design (3 hrs)
Exploring the role of communication design in addressing societal and cultural issues.
Graphic Design Final Portfolio (3 hrs)
Students develop a minimum of one new comprehensive graphic design campaign in addition to polishing preexisting campaigns.
Typography I (3 hrs)
Teaches students about typography’s formal, plastic qualities. Topics covered include typographic anatomy and vocabulary, character manipulation, typographic semiotics and the relationship existing between type and color. Participation in the mid-point review is required to pass the course.

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