Our students like to learn and learn to kern!

We have designed our graphic design curriculum to produce highly competent and creative designers, as well as educated and critically-aware professionals and citizens. Our courses stress formal and technical skills, but they also push students to become proficient in creative problem-solving and visual criticism.

A detailed list of program requirements for the BFA in Graphic Design can be found in the University Bulletin. Our courses are organized into the following categories:

Graphic Design

Typography, ideation and web design form the backbone of the Graphic Design curriculum.


Our three-course typography sequence takes students from the basics of type and document design all the way to advanced editorial and identity applications and experimental typography.


Students learn strategies and methods to generate ideas quickly and curate and refine them into original and productive design plans.

Web Design

Our students learn how to design interactive experiences for screens of all sizes and an elective gives them an opportunity to learn advanced techniques and create more complex interactive experiences

Capstone Experience

In a two-course sequence, students research, propose and produce complex design projects that take them out of the classroom and into the world of professional practice and inquiry.


Besides their required program courses, students in Graphic Design choose elective courses in that allow them to tailor the program to their talents and interests.


An internship is not required, but students can choose to undergo one to help fulfill elective requirements and gain real-world experience.


Our three Foundations courses lay the groundwork for advanced 2D and 3D studio courses. 

Art History

Students gain a broad knowledge of art history in two survey classes and more specialized knowledge with an elective in a subject of their choosing. The History of Graphic Design course does SOMETHING.

Professional Development

Study of Graphic Design's intersections with other disciplines — anthropology, business or communications, to name a few — enhances our students readiness for professional practice.

Studio Art

Required courses in digital imaging, photography and printmaking develop students’ formal and conceptual skills in areas closely related to Graphic Design. Studio Art electives provide an opportunity for advanced study in those areas as well as clay, fibers, metals, painting, and sculpture.

Graphic Design Course Descriptions

For a complete list of courses that fulfill this degree’s requirements, see the Program of Study in the University Bulletin.

Visiting designer Mickey Burton and graphic design students

Visiting Designer

Illustrator and designer Mickey Burton visited Appstate, gave a lecture and led a workshop with our students. 

Robot Type Workshop with Ashley Pigford

RISO Prints for Hybrid Print Practices

Letterpress printing with 3D printed modular type

Typography III's Reflection of Practice assignment is, and always will be, one of the most valuable projects a design student will do while they're here.

Anna Canntrell

Closeup of Reflection on Practice book

Reflections on Practice

Students in Typography III design and produce a book of their own writings about typographic practice.