As a Graphic Design major, you’ll study visual communications from a multi-dimensional perspective. You’ll create distinctive visual designs as you study typography, layout, color, movement, space, and visual hierarchy, becoming a communicator and a problem solver in every phase of production. You’ll also build skills in multimedia as you work on websites, design interactive solutions, work with print design, and create photos and videos.

Sample Courses

Graphic Design majors have access to the latest in digital tools. Design classes are project-oriented. You’ll learn to work individually and in teams to address client needs with both online and print solutions. Each class contributes to your growing portfolio of work which will demonstrate your skill and accomplishments in design.

  • Type and Image for Multimedia
  • Typographic Design
  • Motion Graphics and User Experience
  • Graphic Design Problems
  • Introduction to Photography for Multimedia
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises

Practical Experience

You can enhance your skills with electives like virtual reality or video editing, or learn more about advertising, public relations, or magazine.

Graphic Design majors can be found at student-run media organizations, such as the Daily Orange newspaper, 18 magazines, Citrus TV station, three radio stations, and PR and advertising agencies, as well as non-media organizations, designing websites and providing design support for a wide range of student activities. Designers also have the opportunity to develop their skills in professional settings through internships in Syracuse and throughout the country during the summer.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through SU Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose from semester, summer, short-term, and yearlong options.

Life after Syracuse University

Designers are needed everywhere, so graduates can choose to work for agencies, corporations, non-profit organizations, publications, media organizations – or start their own companies. As a Newhouse graduate with a major in Graphic Design, you can explore such careers as:

  • Graphic Artist/Designer
  • Digital Designer
  • Web Site Designer
  • Creative/Art Director
  • Brand Identity/Logo Designer
  • Multimedia Designer

Students are prepared to work in their chosen profession upon graduations. With the help of the Newhouse Career Development Center, which offers career support to Newhouse students and alumni, over 80% of Newhouse graduates are employed within six months of graduation.

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