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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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Graphic Design

"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:

  • Produce innovative and skillful work in visual art and design that demonstrates critical and creative thinking in both product and process and exhibits a consideration of theories, practices and emerging trends in art and design.
  • 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.
  • Identify, describe and explain global, contemporary and historical art design works and exhibit a consideration of their relationship to context and theory.
  • Help facilitate a visually rich and culturally sensitive society by describing, explaining and applying the unique and important individual and collaborative artistic contributions made by women and men from diverse racial, geographical and cultural groups.
  • Use technology as a resource in creative and critical processes to produce art, as well as to gather and share information about art and design history, aesthetics and art criticism.
  • Exhibit evidence of an understanding of the professional practices and ethical standards for employment and long-term success in the graduate's degree program career field.
  • 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.
  • Employ knowledge of art theories, contexts, and art/design works to serve as precedents to inform the production of art and design.

Related Career Titles

Account Coordinator Ink Technician
Account Manager Interactive Designer
Advertising Agency Designer Interior Designer
Advertising Artist Jewelry Designer
Advertising Designer Journalistic Artist
Advertising Production Manager Animator Kitchenware Designer
Art Buyer Landscape Architect
Art Designer Layout and Paste-Up Artist
Art Director Letterer
Art Agent Magazine / Newspaper Artist
Art Instructor Magazine / Newspaper Editor
Art Therapist Magazine Designer
Arts Administrator Magazine Illustrator
Arts Critic Mechanical and Production Artist
Assistant Art Director Media Artist
Audio Visual Artist/Designer Medical Illustrator
Bank Note Designer Memorial Designer
Billboard Artist Millinery Designer
Binding/Finishing Technician Motion Picture Scenic Designer/Animator
Book Designer Multimedia Designer
Book Illustrator Multimedia Specialist
Book Jacket Designer Packaging Consultant
Book Packager Package Designer
Calligrapher Painter
Cartoonist Photographer
Catalog Designer Photojournalist
CD Cover Designer Plate Maker
Children’s Book Illustrator Posters/Silk-Screen Designer
Cinematographer Potter
Clothing Designer Prepress Manager
Computer Artist Press Operator
Comic Strip Artist Printer
Commercial Printer Printing Account Executive
Communications Specialist Printing Estimator
Communications Director Printing Production Supervisor
Consultant Printing Store Manager/Owner
Corporate Image Designer Product Designer
Creative Director Professor
Customer Service Representative Project Designer
Design Director Public Relations Specialist
Digital Artist Publications Designer
Direct Mail Layout Designer Quality Facilitator
Display Designer Sales Accountant Manager/Representative
Display Manager Set Designer
Engraver/Engrosser Staff Artist
Environmental Designer Staff Designer
Exhibition Designer Storyboard Artist
Fashion Designer Tattoo Artist
Flatware Designer Teacher
Freelance Artist Technical Illustrator
Furniture Designer Textile Designer
Gallery Director Toy Designer
Graphic Arts Technician Trademark Designer
Graphic Color Specialist TV Graphics Designer
Graphic Imaging Specialist Typesetter
Graphic Management Trainee Typography/Logos Designer
Graphic Sales Person Urban Designer
Graphic Designer Video Game Designer
Graphics Instructor Visual Merchandiser
Graphics Technician Webmaster
Greeting Card Artist Web 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
Creative Heads
Creative Hub
Design and Publishing Center
Fresh Web Jobs
Get Graphic Design Jobs
Graphic Design Jobs
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
The Association of Medical Illustrators
Entertainment Software Association
Graphic Arts Guild
Greeting Card Association
Idea Alliance
National Association of Photoshop Professionals
Society for Environmental Graphic Design
Society for News Design
Society of Illustrators
The Society of Publication Designers
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?

Jessica Johnson
Career Development Coordinator