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BA IN Graphic Design

College of Arts and Sciences

Art, Design and Music Department

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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.

Our curriculum gives a solid foundation in visual literacy, graphic design essentials, animation and UX/UI (user experience and interface design). You will learn to synthesize your 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 you to work in an interdisciplinary fashion to solve real world problems.

Study Abroad

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.

Internships

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.

Mike Wirth and students

"Students who never considered themselves designers and never even knew they were visual thinkers were blowing me away with the quality of their work." - Mike Wirth, Graphic Design Professor

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:

  • NASCAR
  • Speed Digital
  • AC&M Group
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • CaroMont Health
  • Soccer.com
  • Titleist
  • Spark Creative

Others have started their own design firms and taken advantage of an abundance of freelance opportunities. 

"The graphic design program at Queens gave me a professional edge because I graduated with a degree covering many aspects of the design realm. From digital animation to photography, I entered the work force confident I could tackle any creative obstacle." -Matt Dees '12

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