Graphic Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts
Student Thesis exhibition at the Dorsky Gallery, 2011
Graphic artists help to shape the message of companies through media, color, illustration, photography, animation and various other techniques. Companies rely on the creative intuition and skills of designers to reach their target audience. This competitive field is expected to grow an estimated 13 percent, especially in the interactive media sector.
You can prepare for a career in this exciting profession by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, in Graphic Design. The 132-degree program provides aspiring graphic artists with the techniques, tools and intellectual skills needed to develop their talents. Students gain a full understanding of the theory and applications of graphic design principles. They learn to use color, photography, text and composition to discover the most powerful ways of communicating a message in print and through electronic media. Students also gain an understanding of layout, design and production principles.
The program offers students internships with high-profile, Fortune 1000 corporations ranging from advertising companies to computer design firms. The Department of Art and Design at St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has attained the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation, held by selective art schools nationwide.
For more information on our program requirements and assistance with portfolios.
Belenna M. Lauto
Chairperson, Department of Art and Design
As part of the admission process, each candidate applying to any of the B.F.A. degrees must also submit their portfolio of original artwork to the Department of Art and Design via SlideRoom. (This online portfolio service will allow you to upload, label, arrange, and submit your portfolio electronically.) We request 12-15 images using JPG format, for the Macintosh platform. More information on the types of files accepted for upload and specific instructions for portfolio submissions and requirements is available on our portfolio requirements page.
After completing the SJU Undergraduate Application, you will be able to upload your images by linking to our SlideRoom portal: https://sju.slideroom.com
We accept portfolios on a rolling admissions basis, but a student who wishes to be considered for one of the visual art scholarships, must submit the portfolio via SlideRoom on or before February 18.
If after reading the portfolio requirements page you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact the department Chairperson directly at: email@example.com.
If you would like more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:
Admission Office - Queens Campus
Thanks to their strong personal and professional connections, our professors help students build their own networks in New York’s art scene. Seniors gain internships with publishers, magazines, advertising agencies, graphic design studios, museums, galleries, and other organizations that enable them to launch successful careers.
A new survey conducted by the Wall Street Journal survey includes St. John’s among its Top 100 colleges that are “most likely to help students land a job in key careers and professions — areas that are growing, pay well and offer high levels of satisfaction.” Studios, galleries, multimedia communications firms, and business companies in general rely on the creative intuition and skills of designers to reach their target audience. This competitive field is expected to grow an estimated 13 percent, especially in the interactive media sector. Our alumni find great success within their field of study and most of our interns are hired by the hosting firm before they even graduate.
For a small selection of a few of our alumni success "stories", enjoy the links below:
- Rauch Bros. Animation, Tim & Mike Rauch, BFA in Fine Art and Illustration Alumni
- NORI Luxury Still Live Photography, Norimichi Inoguchi, BFA in Photography Alumnus
- Jason Tinacci Photography, BFA in Photography Alumnus
- Jim Conte Studios, BFA in Illustration Alumnus
- Jin James Design, BFA in Graphic Design Alumnus
Global Approach to Education
In the area of Global Education the Department of Art and Design has been in the forefront of Global Studies since 1989. All of the courses abroad offered by the Department can be taken as art electives by our BFA candidates. Our courses and programs abroad are offered in Rome, Paris, Spain, and during the summers in destinations that span the world. Students are encouraged to view the world as a tangible place and use their cameras, and visual media as tools that aim to provide a broader understanding of humanity from both a global and personal perspective.
Below is a sampling of some of the courses we offer abroad: The Italian Sketchbook, The French Sketchbook, Painting in Italy, Drawing and Design in Rome, Culture of Southern Italy, a Visual Journey, Photography in Paris, Art in Vietnam, Survey of Art and Architecture in Italy, Art and Architecture in France, Italian Renaissance Art and Literature.Back to top
Our BFA students at St. John's gain a solid foundation in art theory and its applications to various media. Students learn from an enormously gifted, internationally known faculty of artists whose work appears in galleries, exhibitions and publications in New York City, across the country and around the world.
The Department of Art and Design offers full and partial scholarships to freshmen with a record of exemplary skills in high school. Two full-time, four-year scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate extraordinary proficiency in drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, graphic design and/or photography.
St. John’s also bestows a $1,000 incentive scholarship to high school seniors who demonstrate excellence in the visual arts. Students are selected through the portfolio review process. For more information, contact Nerissa Palad-Palermo: 718-990-6250; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our studios provide an ideal atmosphere for students to learn as they create under the guidance of master teachers. Facilities include the state-of-the-art classrooms, featuring cutting-edge equipment and software.
Each of our BFA programs avail the student the option of either a Thesis or Internship during their senior year as the culmination of their degree. Thesis students work closely with their chosen faculty advisor in order to embark upon and complete a body of work so as to present to galleries or use as part of their portfolio for future MFA program applications. Internships are individually arranged according to the student’s interests, strengths, and career objectives. Since we are located just 20 minutes from New York City, and have established a strong network of affiliates and alumni, who now hold impressive positions within the art world, the internship opportunities our students have to select from our quite extensive. Our programs benefit from 50 years of experience and educational excellence in the visual arts.Back to top