Graphic Design

Create, Innovate, and Communicate your Ideas to the World


Prepare for a career in marketing communications, publishing, interactive design, digital imaging, or motion graphics. At Stevenson, our graphic design program develops the technical and critical-thinking skills to position you for a successful career in today’s design fields.

Stressing manual skills and applications of evolving technologies, you will be immersed in real-world serious, including academic experiences and professional activities outside of the classroom. Each semester brings a research-based design, producing an interview-ready portfolio by the time you graduate.

Want to go the extra mile? Our Bachelor’s to Master’s Option allows you to graduate with a master’s in as little as five years.

Graduates of the Graphic Design program will:

  • Solve design problems by thinking creatively and critically.
  • Observe and produce media critically.
  • Apply communication and design theory to design practice.
  • Justify solutions using research, through written and verbal communication.
  • Plan, execute, and revise design solutions considering complex and interdisciplinary elements, including audience, cultural, ethical, human, media, material, and market factors.
  • Produce a design portfolio to professional standards.
  • Exhibit behaviors consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline both within and beyond the classroom.

Stevenson Graphic Design

Connection to Career

Internship Placements

  • Baltimore Magazine
  • Children’s National
    Medical Center
  • Kindly RSVP Designs
  • Pandora Jewelry
  • Synergy Events

Top Employers

  • Agora Publishing
  • Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Wall Street Daily

Graduate Opportunities

  • Academy of Art
    University, San Francisco, CA
  • Art Center College of
  • Maryland Institute
    College of Art
  • Savannah College of
    Art & Design (SCAD)
  • School of Visual Arts,

Career Pathways

  • Advertising Design
  • Corporate Identity/Brand Design
  • Exhibition or Environmental Design
  • Special Effects Artist
  • Web/Interactive Design

The Mill Experience

Stevenson’s Student-Run Design and Communications Agency

The Mill Agency at Stevenson University provides an opportunity for students to work with clients in a collaborative student-driven environment. School of Design majors interact and work on communication and design solutions to meet clients’ needs while collaborating in an agency setting. Students use design thinking to execute professional solutions through research, discussion, iterative making, and formal presentations.

Study Graphic Design at Stevenson


The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements

FYS 100First Year Seminar1 credit
ART 106Introduction to Art History3 credits
ART 110Fundamentals of Design I3 credits
ART 113Fundamentals of Design II3 credits
ART 116Drawing I3 credits
ART 117Drawing II3 credits
ART 205Graphic Design History3 credits
FMI 101Cinema I: Storytelling3 credits
PHOTO 141Basic Digital Photography3 credits
GDES 125Fundamentals of Digital Media3 credits
GDES 208Web Design I3 credits
GDES 210Graphic Design I3 credits
GDES 211Graphic Design II3 credits
GDES 230Typography I3 credits
GDES 290Internship Preparation1 credit
GDES 308Web Design II3 credits
GDES 310Graphic Design III3 credits
GDES 330Typography ll3 credits
GDES 390 or SOD 390Internship3 credits
GDES 410Portfolio & Professional Development3 credits
GDES 445Senior Capstone Research Studio3 credits
GDES 450Senior Capstone3 credits
 Studio Elective (3 credits)* 
 Studio Elective (3 credits)* 
 Studio Elective (3 credits)* 

*Studio electives include 200-400 level courses in ANIM, ART, GDES, IAD, PHOTO, or SOD 395. Students must choose courses from at least two different course prefix designators.

Minors and Other Options

Minor in Graphic Design

The minor in Graphic Design requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits of courses in graphic design and related disciplines. Graphic design courses encompass a variety of media from print design to screen-based applications. Students in the minor may participate in collaborative work, client-based projects, interactive development, user-experience design, branding strategies, rich-media experiences, visual storytelling, and problem solving through the design thinking process.

GDES, IAD, and ANIM courses count towards the minor in graphic design. The following courses may also be taken for a minor in graphic design:

  • ART 110 Fundamentals of Design I
  • ART 113 Fundamentals of Design II
  • ART 205 Graphic Design History 
  • ART 280 Study Away: Art and Design in Context
  • PHOTO 141 Basic Digital Photography 
  • SOD 395 The Mill – Design Center 

Minor in Photography

The minor in photography requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with a PHOTO prefix. The following courses may also be taken for a minor in photography:

While learning professional skills in fine art and commercial photography, students will explore topics such as advanced camera functions, studio lighting, visual storytelling, historic processes, and digital imaging. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see the chair of the Department of Graphic Design for more information. 

All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see the chair of the Department of Graphic Design for more information. General information regarding minor requirements may be found in the minors section of the catalog.

Minors at Stevenson

BA Option

Students also have the option of completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design. The student must fulfill all SEE requirements, program requirements, and complete two semesters of a foreign language from the point of placement or completion of 202 level.

Bachelor’s to Master’s Option

BS/MS options are available for students majoring in Graphic Design who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework while working toward a Stevenson University Master’s Degree in one of the following:

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Visual Arts and Design Portfolios

Students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Graphic Design are allowed to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships.

Portfolio Details

Scholarship Opportunities

Visual Arts Scholarship

Stevenson’s School of Design offers portfolio-based Visual Arts Scholarships to incoming freshman and transfer students who plan to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, or Graphic Design.

Graphic Design News

Portrait and Food photographer Brady Robinson visited the Lighting: Theory and Practice class today for the Editorial Photography workshop.Students had the opportunity to work with Brady Robinson and learn about Flash Photogr.

Special guest Carter Brigham from Corcl boats visited GDES 270- Introduction to Corporate Design classes for a mailer project. During her visit Carter gave students feedback on their ideas and students made several variations.

Special guest Liz Donadio (on the left) taught a Lumen Printing workshop to the students of Prof. Volkova's class Historic Photographic Processes.

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