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Fredonia’s graphic design program provides everything you need to become a successful graphic designer. Through studio-based courses, you will learn the skills and processes necessary to critique, evaluate, and create stunning visual solutions to a variety of problems and project briefs. The design program has an extensive history of success and looks forward to where the design discipline is heading. At Fredonia, we will introduce you to the world of visual communication and provide the knowledge and experience required to develop a sophisticated and competitive portfolio upon graduation. Fredonia has a competitive application process that requires the submission of an art portfolio.

The Fredonia Difference

With classrooms located on the third floor of Rockefeller Arts Center, you will have access to both digital and analog studios, a requirement for designing in the 21st century. Building from a solid foundation in 2D design, our program provides courses dedicated to the various needs of the graphic design industry. Over the nine design-specific courses offered in the department, topics include everything from icon design, identity and branding, exhibition design, service design, visual narratives, book and editorial design, packaging design, user experience and interactive design (UI/UX), front-end web development, typeface design, design history, design for sustainability, print production, animated motion graphics, and many others. Small class sizes allow for extensive feedback directly from faculty and peers and give students the freedom to tailor solutions to their own interests in the discipline. Students are able to participate in many design-specific activities and organizations that regularly offer workshops, lectures, portfolio reviews, and field trips, as well as the occasional kickball match.


Career Opportunities for Graphic Design

  • Print Media
  • Web and Interactive
  • UI/UX
  • Product Design
  • Advertising
  • Art Direction
  • Service Design
  • Design Thinking
  • Print production


What does a 4-year degree look like?

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What are all the required and elective courses offered to obtain this degree?

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Sample Courses

ARTS 360 Graphic Design III

Introduction to the process of sequencing and organizing images and information across multiple platforms. Provides students with an understanding of tools and technologies used in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual messages including books, interfaces, and time based work.

ARTS 225 Digital Foundations

A studio production course that explores a variety of digital tools for art production. The course covers a variety of software applications used in contemporary artistic practices and may include image manipulation, digital painting, sound art, video art, and web design.

ARTS 469 Design Realities/Professional Practice

Comprehensive investigation and research into topics of production and practice in design. Issues to be addressed include electronic file management, paper specification, supplier relationships, copyright and plagiarism, business contracts, ethics, studio ownership, management and record keeping.

Student Story

My experience at Fredonia shaped me into not only the designer I am today, but also the person. Every member of the faculty with whom I had the pleasure of working is a world-class educator and I consider myself lucky to have been welcomed by such an incredible institution.

— Annie Leue

Why Graphic Design at Fredonia?

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Personal connections

Small studio classes ensure personal connections with faculty.

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Fully accredited

Fredonia’s Graphic Design program is accredited by NASAD, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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