Undergraduate: BFA

As a Graphic Design major, you’ll dive deep into the meaning of visual communication, exploring a field that’s essential in today’s information-rich world. Think of the posters, websites, books, ads, street signs, magazines, package labels and other visual information you engage with every day. Each one involves graphic design.

You’ll study communications theory, design history, visual form-making, color, systems thinking and information design along with a progression of typography courses, from the anatomy of letterforms to expressive and experimental uses of type. You’ll also have the opportunity to take studios in everything from traditional book arts to interactive texts and digital media.

Professors will challenge you to develop your own visual language as you create strong responses to assigned projects. You’ll graduate prepared to work in almost any field imaginable – from education to publishing to health care to retail. With the ability to think critically, you’ll leave RISD understanding how to convey even the most complex information as powerfully as possible.

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