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Commmercial Art

"What Can I Do With a Major in...Graphic Design?"

Why Major in Graphic Design?

The graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design will use the knowledge and skills obtained in these programs to:

  • Demonstrate in their work an understanding of and a concern for safety, the principles of sustainability, and the environmental impact of the decisions they make as artists and/or designers.
  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking by incorporating theories and practices in art and design production adequate for innovative expression in the visual arts.
  • Communicate and support informed and artistically sensitive interpretations and judgments about his/her own work as well as visual forms made by others by using perceptual, critical and aesthetic concepts that underlie the disciplines of art and design.
  • Recognize and describe major periods, styles and artists in art history, as well as the historical forces that influence aesthetics, creativity and critical theory.
  • Facilitate a culturally rich and visually sensitive society by recognizing and utilizing the unique and important artistic contributions made by women and men from diverse racial, geographical and cultural groups.
  • Use technology in creative, critical and teaching processes as well as a resource for producing art and gathering information about art, art history, aesthetics, and art criticism.
  • Exhibits evidence of an understanding of the professional standards and practices for seeking employment and achieving long-term success in their degree program career field.

US Dept. of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook

Related Career Titles

Account CoordinatorInk Technician
Account ManagerInteractive Designer
Advertising Agency DesignerInterior Designer
Advertising ArtistJewelry Designer
Advertising DesignerJournalistic Artist
Advertising Production Manager Animator Kitchenware Designer
Art BuyerLandscape Architect
Art DesignerLayout and Paste-Up Artist
Art DirectorLetterer
Art AgentMagazine / Newspaper Artist
Art InstructorMagazine / Newspaper Editor
Art TherapistMagazine Designer
Arts AdministratorMagazine Illustrator
Arts CriticMechanical and Production Artist
Assistant Art DirectorMedia Artist
Audio Visual Artist/Designer Medical Illustrator
Bank Note Designer Memorial Designer
Billboard ArtistMillinery Designer
Binding/Finishing TechnicianMotion Picture Scenic Designer/Animator
Book DesignerMultimedia Designer
Book IllustratorMultimedia Specialist
Book Jacket DesignerPackaging Consultant
Book PackagerPackage Designer
Catalog DesignerPhotojournalist
CD Cover DesignerPlate Maker
Children’s Book IllustratorPosters/Silk-Screen Designer
Clothing DesignerPrepress Manager
Computer ArtistPress Operator
Comic Strip ArtistPrinter
Commercial PrinterPrinting Account Executive
Communications SpecialistPrinting Estimator
Communications DirectorPrinting Production Supervisor
ConsultantPrinting Store Manager/Owner
Corporate Image DesignerProduct Designer
Creative DirectorProfessor
Customer Service RepresentativeProject Designer
Design DirectorPublic Relations Specialist
Digital ArtistPublications Designer
Direct Mail Layout DesignerQuality Facilitator
Display DesignerSales Accountant Manager/Representative
Display ManagerSet Designer
Engraver/EngrosserStaff Artist
Environmental DesignerStaff Designer
Exhibition DesignerStoryboard Artist
Fashion DesignerTattoo Artist
Flatware DesignerTeacher
Freelance ArtistTechnical Illustrator
Furniture DesignerTextile Designer
Gallery DirectorToy Designer
Graphic Arts TechnicianTrademark Designer
Graphic Color SpecialistTV Graphics Designer
Graphic Imaging SpecialistTypesetter
Graphic Management TraineeTypography/Logos Designer
Graphic Sales PersonUrban Designer
Graphic DesignerVideo Game Designer
Graphics InstructorVisual Merchandiser
Graphics TechnicianWebmaster
Greeting Card ArtistWeb Page Designer
Industrial Designer

Related Job Listings/Job Search Website

Ad Week
Advertising Age
AIGA Design Jobs
Americans for the Arts Jobs Banks
Art Jobs
The Art Newspaper
Authentic Jobs
Behance Network
Careers in Visual Arts
Creative Central
Creative Heads
Creative Hub
Design and Publishing Center
Design Related
Freelance Switch
Fresh Web Jobs
Get Graphic Design Jobs
Graphic Design Jobs
The Graphic Design Tool
International Design Magazine
Print Jobs
Print Magazine
Smashing Magazine

Affiliated Organizations

Advertising Photographers of America
America Advertising Federation
American Institute of Graphic Arts
American Society of Magazine Editors
Animation Blog Spot
Animation World Network
Art Directors Club Inc.
ASIFA Central
Association of Graphic Arts Training
The Association of Medical Illustrators
Computer Graphics and Interactive Technology Association
Entertainment Software Association
Graphic Arts Guild
Greeting Card Association
Idea Alliance
National Association of Photoshop Professionals
Mid Missouri Ad Fed
Society for Environmental Graphic Design
Society for News Design
Society of Illustrators
The Society of Publication Designers
Specialty Graphic Imaging Association
Tri-State Advertising and Marketing

Four-Year Academic Plan

Graphic Design: B.F.A. Degree 


The career paths listed are those which are commonly associated with this area of study and in no way does this site attempt to suggest that these are all of the career paths possible. Some of the career paths listed may require additional education, training, development, licenses and/or certifications. Listings of resources such as job listings, web links, professional organizations, library publications, and other information found on this page are believed to be accurate and true at the time published. The "What Can I Do With A Major In..." database is reviewed and updated every year in July. While no list is truly exhaustive, if you feel something should be added, deleted, changed or updated on this page, please contact the Career Services Center by e-mail at and an out-of-cycle change will be completed.

Who Can Help Me?

Keira Mann
Career Development Coordinator