Graphic Design

Discover more about the Graphic Design B.F.A. Program and find out about program requirements, courses and the program faculty.

Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.


  • Ability to communicate emotions and ideas creatively
  • Ability to work in groups/independently
  • Proficiency for accuracy and detail
  • Ability to accept/give criticism
  • Aesthetic judgment and sensitivity
  • Ability to make keen observations and appropriate decisions
  • Quickly learns and utilizes new technologies


  • Animator
  • Art Director
  • Book Designer
  • Brand Identity Developer
  • Corporate Designer
  • Creative Director
  • Designer for Public Relations/Marketing Firm
  • Director of Advertising 
  • Graphic Designer  
  • Graphic Systems Manager
  • Layout Artist
  • Magazine Designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Professor
  • Staff Designer
  • Television Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer


  • For Profit  Corporations
  • Television/radio/film
  • Colleges/universities/schools
  • Hospitality/Travel
  • Marketing/Advertising Firms
  • Media Organizations
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Publishing
  • Technology
  • Museums/Cultural Institutions

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS - The professional association for design - AIGA Career and Education Guide - Social Networking/Community site for graphic designers, web designers, desktop publishers, and graphic design students - Graphic Artists Guild - Society for Environmental Graphic Design - Society of Publication Designers - Graphic Design Blog - tips, tutorials, etc.!speakers/cfvg- Self Employment in the Arts  - Descriptions of specific game design jobs -  Entry-level video game design information, career information, industry news, and more - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job type descriptions, job growth forecasts, and salary information

JOB SEARCH LINKS - Access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni - AIGA Design Jobs - Site for the professional creative marketplace - Career and community for media professionals - Job board for designers, hackers and creative pros - Creative jobs and freelance opportunities - Design jobs - creative and tech - Design jobs -Non-profit and arts internships and jobs - Jobs posted through the Animation World Network - Design jobs  Search for jobs; find links to other important sources  - The Art and Business of Making Games, job listings by company or field - Arts employment

Additional Resources Available at the CDC

Updated  5/16

The Advising Center

8-Semester Graduation Plans

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