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 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program at SUNY New Paltz is based on our strong conviction that broadly educated individuals make good designers. Our program integrates the College’s Liberal Arts core courses with a rigorous Design curriculum. We position Design as a cross-disciplinary practice with skills drawn from Communication and Media, Psychology, Sociology and Anthropology, and Fine Art. Not only do students “do” design, but they also think, read, write, and talk about design.

Professional design practice involves engaging in lifelong learning. Our program emphasizes process and research methods and prepares students for both independent and collaborative work. We respond to rapid advancements in design tools and practices by teaching design techniques that span the range of low to high technologies. Classes are taught in a hybrid studio/seminar format, in which demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and critiques alternate with work periods. Projects are often undertaken in collaboration with other campus programs.

Recent field trips include visits to museums, design studios, and lectures in New York City and Albany.

Visiting artists have included:

Marting Venesky

Mikon Van Gastel

Ellen Lupton

Carin Goldberg

Roberto de Vicq

The Reverend Billy

Jessica Helfand

William Drentel

Tim Goodman


Design students are involved in the Design Society, the graphic design student club, and the Student Art Alliance, an organization that supports visiting artists, travel, and student project proposals.

Current students have garnered awards and scholarships from national and international design organizations including The Type Directors Club and the University & College Designers Association (UCDA). Many students secure selective internships in the field, which can be applied toward credit in the major. Recent internship placements have included Consumer Reports, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Curious Minds Media, Grey Advertising, and Brian Miller Design Group, among many others.

Students graduating from the SUNY New Paltz Graphic Design program have met with success in the field. Graduates work professionally in established design studios, while others have founded and run their own design businesses. Many go on to attend nationally regarded graduate school programs.