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Graphic Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Art and Design


Prepare for an exciting career in graphic design in the creative capital of the United States—New York City!

Graphic designers create the visual world around us, designing everything from the logos of global corporations, posters for the hottest films, high-end fashion magazines, and captivating interactions on the websites and apps we use every day. This competitive field continues to grow rapidly.

The St. John’s University Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) degree in Graphic Design is a 132-credit program that provides aspiring graphic designers like you with the techniques, tools, and intellectual skills you need to develop your talents. You gain a full understanding of the theory and applications of graphic design principles, along with how to use color, photography, text, and composition to communicate powerfully and effectively in print and electronic media. You also develop your understanding of layout, design, and production principles.

Our program connects you to high-profile internships at organizations ranging from advertising agencies and design firms to non-profits. You also have the advantage of study abroad opportunities in cities rich with artistic tradition and vibrant contemporary design. Many of our graduates stay in New York City, where there is an extensive alumni network at companies such as NBC Universal, Nickelodeon, the NBA and WNBA, Fox News, Pentagram, BBDO Advertising, Grey Advertising, Nike, and Google.

The Department of Art and Design has attained the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accreditation, held by selective art schools nationwide.

Program Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Graphic Design prepares students for a career in the fields of creative media by:
1. Teaching the core competencies of research, writing, critical and thinking through the continual observation and analysis of the visual and social world.
2. Instructing students in the tools, techniques, vocabulary, traditions and history of their chosen profession so as to make informed career decisions.
3. Providing the technical and intellectual preparation students need to develop their creative work, while they learn the problem-solving processes that are standard in their industry.


Elizabeth DeLuna
Professor and Chair
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You can apply directly to the B.F.A. in Graphic Design by completing the St. John's Undergraduate Application.

Please contact the Department Chair directly at [email protected] with any questions regarding this process.

For more information about admission to this and other acclaimed undergraduate programs at St. John's University, please visit Undergraduate Admission.


The Department of Art and Design awards two full-time, four-year scholarships to first-year students who demonstrate extraordinary proficiency and creative potential in their portfolio submission and have met the academic requirements of St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Three additional first-year students who demonstrate excellence in the visual arts are offered a $1,000 incentive scholarship. Students are selected through the portfolio review process and must submit their portfolio in our SlideRoom portal by January 15 to be considered. For more information, contact Nerissa Palad-Palermo at 718-990-6250 or [email protected].


To earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, you will complete 132 credits in core courses, major requirements, and elective courses as outlined below. For more information about courses, please see the St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section of our Undergraduate Bulletin.

Required Studio Courses*

ART 1110Foundation Design
ART 1130Color Theory
ART 3350Mixed Media Concerns
ART 1105Introduction to Graphic Design
ART 1115Graphic Design II
ART 2115Graphic Production
ART 2125Typography
ART 2130Motion Graphics
ART 3110Professional Portfolio
ART 3125Advanced Typography
ART 3120Web Design
ART 3130Advanced Web Design
ART 3135Junior Design
ART 4120Senior Design
Choose three from among the following courses:
ART 1120Social Media for Artists and Designers
ART 1200Drawing I
ART 1280Digital Illustration
ART 1510Printmaking I: Relief & Intaglio
ART 1630Digital Photography
ART 1640Intro to Video Art
ART 2120Three-Dimensional Design
ART 3015Special Topics in Design
ART 3115Book Arts

*Please note that studio art courses meet for six hours per week.

Required Art History Courses

ART 1710History of Art I
ART 1720History of Art II
ART 2750Historical Modernism 1848-1945
ART 2145History of Visual Communications

Choose One of the Following: 

ART 4125Creative Thesis (9 credits)
ART 4909Internship (9 credits)

In addition, you must select four art electives (12 credits total). 

Required Core Curriculum Courses

DNY 1000C
ENG 1000C
ENG 1100C
HIS 1000C
MFL Electives (2)
MTH 1000C
PHI 1000C
PHI 2200C
PHI 3000C
SCI 1000C
One social science elective from: ANT, ECO, GEO, GOV, LIN, PSY, or SOC
SPE 1000C
THE 1000C
THE 2000-level
THE 3000-level


Career Outcomes

Design studios, advertising agencies, multimedia communications firms, and other businesses rely on designers’ creative problem-solving and technical skills to reach target audiences. Our program prepares you for the vast array of careers emerging in this growing industry. As part of the B.F.A. program in Graphic Design, you either enroll in a semester-long internship or spend a semester producing a creative thesis. The Department of Art and Design Internship Program will help you gain crucial real-world experience at organizations ranging from advertising agencies and design firms to non-profits and fortune 500 companies. 

Many of our graduates stay in New York City, where there is an extensive alumni network at companies such as NBC Universal, Nickelodeon, the NBA and WNBA, Pentagram, BBDO Advertising, Grey Advertising, Nike, and Google.

As a program alumnus, we invite you to participate in our networking events to build your own contacts throughout New York City’s vibrant design scene.

Top Positions for Graduates with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design

Art DirectorAdvertising Designer
Brand ManagerCommunication Designer
Creative DirectorGraphic Designer
Interactive DesignerMarketing Communications Designer
Motion DesignerUser Experience Designer
Web Designer 

Companies That Employ Our B.F.A. Graphic Design Alumni

Bartle Bogle Hegarty NYBBDO WorldwideEquinox
HunterGathererImaginary ForcesJohnson and Johnson Global Strategic Design
Martha Stewart Living OmnimediaMr. WonderfulMuseum of the Moving Image
MTV NetworksNickelodeonNike
Pulse CreativeSpring Street DesignVice Media

Companies That Have Hosted St. John's B.F.A. Graphic Design Students for Internships

ArulidenArupBartle Bogle Hegarty NY
BBDO WorldwideCondé NastFlight 001
Imaginary ForcesInter Spectacular LLCMartha Stewart Living Omnimedia
MélangerieMother New YorkMr. Wonderful
Museum of the Moving ImageMTV NetworksNickelodeon
NY Arts MagazineOff Track PlanetPUBLIC
Pulse CreativeThe Thomas CollectiveVice Media

Global Approach to Education

The Department of Art and Design has been at the forefront of Global Education since 1989. All B.F.A. student may take electives abroad. We offer courses and programs abroad in Rome, Paris, Spain, and around the world. We encourage you to use visual media to gain a broader understanding of humanity from both a global and personal perspective.

Some of the courses we offer abroad include:

  • ART 1250 The Italian Sketchbook
  • ART 1255 The French Sketchbook
  • ART 1670 Photography in Paris
  • ART 1760 Art in Vietnam
  • ART 1775 Art and Architecture in France
  • ART 1780 The Art of the Renaissance in Italy
  • ART 1790 Survey of Art and Architecture in Italy
  • ART 2250 Drawing and Design in Rome
  • ART 2929 Culture of Southern Italy, a Visual Journey
  • ART 2340 Painting in Italy.

For more information about study abroad, please visit Global Education.

Additional Information

As a Graphic Design major, you gain a solid foundation in the visual arts and emerging media and their applications across various media and disciplines. You learn from experienced and internationally known faculty whose work appears in prestigious media companies, product and publication design, galleries, museums, and publications in New York City, across the country, and around the globe.

Our studios provide an ideal environment for students to learn and create under the guidance of master educators. Facilities include state-of-the-art classrooms with cutting-edge equipment and software.

Each B.F.A. program capstone experience is a thesis or internship during your senior year. Thesis students work closely with their chosen faculty advisor creating a body of work to present to galleries or include in an M.F.A. application portfolio. Internships are individually arranged according to the student's interests, strengths, and career objectives. With easy access to Manhattan, students have access to our strong network of affiliates and alumni who now hold prominent positions in the arts.