Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Graphic Design BFA

Program Overview

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

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts


  • Approximately 173 students are enrolled in this program

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is optional for this program
  • Minimum co-op requirement: N/A
  • Co-op availability: N/A

Salary Information

Co-op:     $14.16                     $10.00 - $18.00
BFA:        $50,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

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

Equipment & Facilities

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.

Job Titles

Graphic Designer, Art Director, Visual Designer, UI/UX Designer, Junior Designer, Interactive Designer, Junior Art Director, Presentation Designer, Designer & Illustrator

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.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Avanade, Inc., CGI Communications, Inc., Dixon Schwabl, Gannett - Part of the USA Today Network, Harris Beach PLLC, Omnicom Media Group, Optic Sky Productions, Packaging Corporation of America, Paychex, Inc., Swarovski Lighting, The Action Network, Type High Letterpress, U.S. Department of Defense

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Gretchen Burruto, the career services coordinator who works with the Graphic Design program. Access information about services through our site at
Gretchen Burruto, Associate Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585-475-5462
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center
57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603