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Graphic Design BFA

Integrate design principles, methods, concepts, images, words, and ideas to convey distinct, visually compelling messages to an audience.

Program skills

Students concentrate in areas of typography, design imagery, systems design, interactive design, packaging design, visual narrative design, and motion design. Through their study, students develop design processes, ideation, critical thinking, innovative investigations, and creative research. Students are also exposed to public speaking, presentation methods, and client experiences
Software skills: InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Adobe Premiere, HTML, CSS, and others

Program facilities equipment

The College’s specialized studios, advanced computer facilities and wide range of equipment make it one of the most complete of any degree-granting institutions in the field. Students have access to resources like the RIT Graphic Design Archives, Cary Graphic Arts Collection and the Vignelli Center for Design Studies for research. Along with photography equipment,  printing facilities (3-D printing, laser printing, etc.) and Makers Spaces.

Program job titles reported

Graphic Designer; Art Director; Visual Designer; UI/UX Designer; Junior Designer; Digital Product Designer; Presentation Designer; Freelance Designer; Interactive Designer

Program significant points

  • Named by Business Week as one of the top 10 design schools in the country and one of the top 40 in the world.
  • RIT's Design School is also highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report and Design Intelligence.

Select program hiring partners

Adobe Systems, Avanade, Bad-Adz Digital, Bank of America, Carbon, CDK Global, Crayola, Dixon Schwabl, Elite Marketing Group, Gannett, Image Conscious Studios, Optic Sky Productions, Packaging Corporation of America, Periscope, SCORR Marketing, Sports Illustrated, The Digital Hyve, YouTube


  • Advertising, PR, and Marketing

  • Design

  • Higher Education

  • Internet and Software

  • Investment Banking

  • Journalism, Media, and Publishing

  • Manufacturing

  • Movies, TV, and Music


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 87.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 3.00%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 87.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 3.00%
Alternative Plans 0%