BA in Graphic Design
Art, Design and Music Department
Our Graphic Design program engages students in the holistic design process as well as the technical abilities needed for 21st century visual communication.
Learn to produce high-impact visual content suited for all types of screens, surfaces and media. From paper to pixels, you will engage in a world of 21st-century design as a graphic design major. Using the latest digital media tools, you will train towards proficiency in print, interactive and time-based media.
Located in the new state-of-the-art Gambrell Center, our Graphic Design program and curriculum provide a solid foundation in visual literacy, graphic design essentials, typography, illustration, motion graphics, editorial, branding, UX, and interactive design. Students learn to synthesize their interests and passions with design skills and develop a portfolio and professional creative persona for careers that don't even exist yet. Studying design in a liberal arts environment allows students to work in an interdisciplinary fashion to solve real world problems. To learn more about the Graphic Design program and curriculum, download the Graphic Design Program Curriculum Information Sheet.
You'll have the opportunity to explore design with your class around the world with our nationally ranked study abroad program, ranging from ten-day trips to semesters abroad. Recently, a graphic design class headed to the Druckwerk Print Studio in Basel, Switzerland, to learn lithography and then onto Germany to study art, both in the streets and in the museums. Learn more about studying abroad at Queens.
Students are entering the 21st century professional field to find designers like them in leadership roles and positions at startups and as consultants. You will have opportunities to self brand, develop an online portfolio and produce original creative content that has value in local markets and beyond. Explore internship opportunities at Queens.
Our program provides opportunities to gain real-world experience at:
- Marketing firms
- Creative firms
- Advertising agencies
- In-house creative departments within the multi-national companies and organizations located in the Charlotte area
A Charlotte Connection
With more than 50 marketing and advertising agencies, Charlotte is a great place to study design. Our professors are well-connected in the Charlotte design community and beyond, opening ample opportunities for meaningful internships and job prospects.
Your graphic design degree will prepare you for careers in print and digital design, graduate-level design studies and digital fine arts. Our recent design graduates are experiencing success in professional design careers at a wide range of regional companies, including:
- Citizens Bank
- Wray Ward
- Charlotte Hornets
- CaroMont Health
- Spark Creative
Others have started their own design firms and taken advantage of an abundance of freelance opportunities.
"The graphic design major prepared me for more than a career in design. Each class taught me how to evaluate design choices and analyze the best communication platforms critically. Today, I use these skills every day in my professional and daily life." - Taylor Robinson, '20
Melissa Gamez, Professor of Design & Director of Graphic Design and Studio Art