Bachelor Of FINE Arts

Graphic Design

Student work from left to right: Mia Patrevito, Sandy Duran, Ashley Belfsky, Erfred Catolico, Patricia Brooks, Regan Carey 


Our dynamic and cutting edge program incorporates visual communication, advertising, interactive and web design, social media, illustration, film title design and animation. The professional fields that the DePaul BFA in Graphic Design services are enormous, and our students work in and outside the classroom to gain the best experience possible. The School of Design has developed the graphic design curriculum in the context of the College of Computing and Digital Media to encourage the interdisciplinary collaboration, vital to real-world contemporary culture and professional practice. We have cutting edge facilities including a Graphic Design Lab for print-based and introductory learning; MAC and PC computer facilities as well as an interactive design lab; and gallery and critique spaces for displaying student work---both for private class-based reviews and public exhibition.

Faculty Perspectives


Studio Visits

Our Studio Field Trip class is designed to keep our students up-to-date on the trends within Chicago's professional design culture. We bisit local firms and studios from all corners of the industry Digital Kitchen, Doejo, InTouch, PSD Graphic Arts/University of Chicago, Studio Lab and VSA Partners, as well as many others.

Exhibition Space

The School of Design's critique and exhibition facilities offer dedicated spaces that allow students and faculty to focus on classroom feedback and dialogue---and also allow their work to reach larger audiences throughout the university and beyond. In the fall quarter of 2015, the School of Design is unveiling a brand new exhibition space in the heart of downtown Chicago, at the corner of State and Jackson.


Internships are an invaluable part of a graphic design education---nothing can better prepare a student for the rigors of the 'real world' industry. We encourage students to pursue multiple internships during their studies, and work closely with the university's Career Center and their dedicated internship advisors to ensure quality opportunities for our students. Students have the opportunity to receive credit for up to three Internships in order to gain the experience to land the best job possible.

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Online Learning

Some courses are available for review and playback ONLINE.

Online Learning

Student Groups

Graphic Design student groups combine membership in the leading professional graphic design organizations in Chicago: the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and Society of Typographic Arts with membership in university groups such as HerCDM. Our student groups are active in the city and have organized and participated in Chicago's annual Typeforce, screen printing workshops, professional studio visits, social mixers with other design-focused student groups in the area, research trips to the Newberry Library, and many other events.

Graphic Design Minor

We offer a minor in graphic deisgn to those students wishing to explore the world of visual communiatino and design while focusing on a separate major area of study. The graphic design minor is composed of 7-8 classes (28 credit hours) covering a range of topics from typography and illustration to web design and interaction. It is intended to give students a useful overview of the field and a solid footing in design theory and practice.