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About

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TCU’s graphic design programs are rigorous, competitive and intensely creative.

 

You’ll be challenged to push beyond your comfort zone to learn, grow and improve.

 

Our students win awards in prestigious design competitions at the international, national, regional and local levels. Our BFA graduates land meaningful creative positions at prestigious agencies — in many cases before they graduate. Our loyal and well-connected alumni network is a testament to the positive experiences people have here as students and to their long-term professional success.

Learn more about the internships available and how students are prepared for their careers after TCU.

Programs

We offer a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Arts and a minor in design studies.

The BFA prepares graduates as designers and/or art directors, providing a strong foundation in basic visual and technical skills, design theory and graphic design history. The BA in design studies offers a flexible, broad-based alternative to the BFA degree that combines instruction in visual communication with a complementary major or minor, such as business, interior design, strategic communication and more.

Our department is small and selective by design. Lower-division classes are limited to 15 students, and advanced classes are often smaller. This intimate setting allows instructors and students to develop a rapport that not only enhances academic communication, but also contributes to long-term professional relationships and friendships.

 

Areas of Study

 

Facilities

The department has a fully equipped Macintosh computer lab, dedicated for use by graphic design students only. Hardware and software is upgraded on a regular schedule. Color printers including large format printing for posters and banners are available. Specialty equipment includes a 3-D printer, a laser engraver and a vinyl-cutting plotter.

 

Computers and Software

Although students are not required to provide a computer, we recommend a MacBook Pro. The primary software used in graphic design includes Adobe Creative Suite. Once enrolled, students can subscribe for a significant reduction in cost.