Graphic Design BFA Degree

graphic design program reasons image



Graphic Design
Design your future in this BFA program. 

The Graphic Design program at Ringling College will prepare you to design show-stopping solutions for print and interactive media. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the design thinking process and apply it to a broad spectrum of 2D, 3D, and screen-based media. You’ll learn strategies for creating concepts, arranging compositions, and designing interfaces that will entice, provoke, inform, and delight the user. And you will collaborate with many other disciplines, including photographers, copywriters, illustrators, printers, and developers to make your ideas a reality.

Graphic Design is a diverse, dynamic, and flexible field. You can specialize in areas such as branding, packaging, or interactive design, or you can remain a generalist and work across many industries and platforms. You can join an agency or tech company or start your own design studio, like many of our alumni. With a degree in Graphic Design from Ringling College, you can design your own career path.

2020 Accepted Student Day

Our graphic design program is top rated by Design USA

facebook icon




Awards & Accolades of our Graphic Design Program 

#2 in the south

G D U S A student winners

top design school




Graphic Design Alumni: Where are they now?

Leslie Carol '19
Octagon | Art Director  

Michael Corey '19
Leo Burnett: Department of Design​​ | Intern 

Kelsey Rae Vined ’19
Nickelodeon​ | Graphic Art Designer  

Tyler Brown ’18
FITCH​ | Junior Designer  

Deandra Martis ’18
Saatchi & Saatchi X​ | Designer  

Laura Guzman ’18
Studio BCC​ | Graphic Designer 

David Allin Reese ’17
Google Material​ | Creative Assistant  

Laszlo Bogdan ’17
Leo Burnett​ | Art Director  

Olivia Strohm ’17
Walt Disney Imagineering​ | Creative Assistant

Flavio Vincenti ’16
Yahoo! | Senior Product Designer

Matthew Bongiolatti ’16
Spark | Designer

Anna Babayeva ’15  
Instagram | Product Designer

AJ Castiglia ’15
Disney Streaming Services | Product Designer  

Amalia Fredericksen ’15
Facebook | Visual Designer

Russell Mank ’15
Arc Worldwide | Visual + Interactive Designer  

Mindy Nguyen ’15
Use All Five | Creative Director  

Nancy Nystrom ’15
Edelman | Senior Art Director  

Jamie Sharpsteen ’15
Facebook Messenger | Product Designer 




See more career opportunities on our career support page.




Turning Passion Into Profession


Opportunities for Graphic Design students

The Design Center
Put your design skills to work in our in-house design firm where things get real. Working with our dedicated faculty and in-house designers, you will have the opportunity to solve real communications problems for external clients, as well as for Ringling College events, exhibitions, and recruitment efforts.


Our College Viewbook
We are the only art and design college that gives our students the opportunity to design our very own college viewbook. Every two years, a select group of students in the Design Center works together, with assistance from our award-winning faculty and staff, to create a brand-new design for the college viewbook. This gives our students the opportunity to work on a major publication, granting exposure to working across departments and with clients to design a campaign from start to finish.


See graphic design alumni in action.
Each Spring Break, the student officers of the Ringling AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Student group, plan and coordinate a studio tour for up to 12 students. Drawing upon the broad network of Ringling Graphic Design alumni, the student group selects a city to visit and schedules and coordinates studio visits. Past tours have gone to New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, and studios visited range from international multi-office agencies to one or two-person boutique studios. As a volunteer officer, you can help decide where the next tour goes!

The Collaboratory
We are proud to say that every Ringling student, regardless of major, is guaranteed the opportunity to gain professional work experience. Our Collaboratory Commitment pairs teams of Ringling students with local businesses to give students a taste of real-world projects, expectations, and deadlines. Facilitated by Collaboratory staff, students will meet with clients looking for creative, unconventional solutions to their branding and design challenges and execute the entire creative process of concepting, presenting, and building campaigns that meet their demands.

Work with our Career Services Center to prepare and guide you to finding an internship focused on your area of interest – we are here to help!  With networks around the region and the country, we help you gain exposure to professional best practices and practical application of your technical skills. We are constantly connecting with industry professionals to find new, exciting opportunities to put your skills to work and get a taste of real-world work demands. 



Check out our minors, learn more about our faculty or download the curriculum.



Apply Now


Request Info