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The graphic design program at UF was established in the mid-1960s. While our field has changed dramatically since then, the intent of our program remains the same: to prepare students—technically, creatively, and conceptually—for careers in design. We offer a BFA in Graphic Design, which is a professional degree, preparing you for practice in graphic/communication design.
The program is divided into two phases:
The lower division program provides an overview of graphic design, studio art, and art history courses in order to prepare you for upper division coursework. It is here that you’ll take two graphic design courses and can gauge your interests and abilities in graphic design. In the spring semester of your sophomore year, you will apply to enter the upper division — or “major” program.
The graphic design program is the most competitive creative practice program in the School of Art and Art History. To learn more about graphic design, we encourage you to become involved in voxGraphis and meet other graphic designers who will mentor you and provide insight into the program.
The upper division courses take place in studios, which majors have access to 24/7. In the mid-90s the graphic design program began the computer integrated studio—a concept radical for its time and still quite unique—where incoming students owned their computers and software to use for their courses and brought these into the studio/classroom. We found that owning your own equipment empowers you to do your best work and that working together in the studio builds a vibrant community of learners. While the former is commonplace today, the latter sets you on a path of collaboration that has long-term benefits.