Graphic Design at MSU
At Montana State University we offer a professional BFA degree in Graphic Design. This traditional four-year undergraduate program is nationally accredited by NASAD. The emphasis is upon the development of professional design skills for employment within the creative industries. Over the past 30 years the BFA Graphic Design program at MSU has offered job placement for its graduates at the nation’s top advertising agencies, design firms and in-house departments.
BFA Degree in Four Years
During the freshman year Graphic Design students begin with several foundations courses along with art history and core classes. Then in the sophomore year students are introduced to Graphic Design and Adobe CC basics. To maintain excellence each sophomore is required to purchase and use a MacBook Pro laptop in their Graphic Design courses. Sophomore students must pass a portfolio review at the end of the second year to advance into upper-division Graphic Design courses. During the third year students select from several Graphic Design electives to explore the scope of the profession. Both juniors and seniors may participate in professional internship opportunities at local, regional and national businesses. Finally the fourth year students develop a self-authored senior research project and create a capstone portfolio along with learning professional job-finding skills.
Careers in Graphic Design
With a BFA degree in Graphic Design from MSU graduates have the opportunity to work in advertising, publishing, marketing, public relations, user interaction and a wide range of creative based industries. Here is a list of some of the jobs related to this exciting profession:
Click here to view and print the BFA Graphic Design Curriculum (2021-22).
Click here to view and print the BFA Graphic Design Curriculum (2020 and before).
To ensure student success the graphic design program at Montana State University is now requiring that students in the graphic design BFA option must purchase a Macbook Pro laptop prior their sophomore level courses. Students will specifically need these laptops for their first day in GDSN 223 Design Principles in fall semester. Click here to view the laptop requirement PDF that outlines specifics for purchasing.
MSU student, John Vincent, scoops top prize at regional ADDY awards for guerrilla advertising class project
Jessie Madeson, Graphic Design Senior, shines at startup challenge in Missoula
Rosemary Middlebrook, Audrey Moss, and Collin Shull's design for Allora, wins an Award of Excellence—published in the Communication Arts Typography Annual 2019.
Celebrating our Senior GDSN Class of 2021
The School of Art is pleased to present senior websites that document the work of our graduating students in Graphic Design. Please click on the "Best Shot" Spotlight Image to find out more about the class and their work.
Current Graphic Design Student Work
Graphic Design Faculty
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