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 design, social media, advertising, interactive and web design, animation, film title design and illustration. The professional fields that the DePaul BFA in Graphic Design feeds are enormous and our students work in and outside the classroom to gain the best experience possible. The School of Cinema and Interactive Media has developed the graphic design curriculum in the context of the College of Computing and Digital Media to encourage the cross-fertilization vital to real world contemporary culture and professional practice. We have cutting edge facilities including a Graphic Design Lab for print and introductory learning, an Interactive Design Lab, MAC and PC computer facilities, and Exhibition and Critique space that features student work.



Faculty Perspectives


Studio Visits

We have a Graphic Design Studio Field Trip class that visits studios from all parts of the industry including such studios as Digital Kitchen, Doejo, InTouch, PSD Graphic Arts/University of Chicago, Studio Lab and VSA Partners, among others.


We have a Critique and Exhibition space where students both receive feedback on class projects as well as hold exhibitions on their work. Recent exhibitions have been on Portraiture, Typography and AIGA/STA student work. 

Visiting Artists Series

The School of Cinema & Interactive Media’s Visiting Artist Series brings the top animators, filmmakers, game artists and designers to DePaul for workshops and lectures. Past visiting artists include legendary Russian animator Yuri Norstein, film directors Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man) and Tim Robbins (Dead Man Walking), actors Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) and Danny Pudi (Community) and producer Paula Wagner (Mission Impossible).

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Online Learning


The Graphic Design Program places a high value on what is gained by working in different real world contexts, and encourages students to work in more than one Internship. Students have the opportunity to receive credit for up to three Internships in order to gain the experience to land the best job possible.

student groups

Our student Graphic Design group combines membership in the leading professional graphic design organizations in Chicago, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and Society of Typographic Arts. David Sieren, from the Post family, is an adjunct faculty and Co-Education Chair for AIGA Chicago. Student group work was featured in Typeforce 4 in 2013, the annual showcase of typographic artists and designers in the Chicago area.