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TROY’s Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design: A Program of Distinction

Turn your passion for art and visual design into a profession. In Troy University’s distinguished Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design program, you’ll develop the creative talent you need to stand out in this competitive field. Build brand identities. Design imaginative websites. Tell stories with motion graphics. Whatever your goal, a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from TROY can help you reach it.

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“Troy University was the perfect home away from home! The small town surrounding the University made it very inviting and welcoming as a student coming to the school not knowing anyone. The incredible community of faculty and staff made it so easy to learn and grow. Going to school here has given me so many opportunities to branch out, get out of my comfort zone, and meet wonderful people. Troy University holds a special place in my heart as it helped turn me into the person I am today.”
Katie Genetti | Account Coordinator/Creative Designer, Reflex Blu | 2021, Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design

Learn from Award-Winning Graphic Designers

Some of the field’s most brilliant creative minds can be found in TROY’s graphic design program. With years of experience in everything from video to 3D printing, our award-winning faculty is well-equipped to teach you the tools and techniques you’ll need to develop your own design style. And with small class sizes of 15 students or less, you’ll receive more individualized attention and feedback on your projects.

Build Your Portfolio in TROY’s Graphic Design Program

When you graduate with your bachelor’s degree in graphic design from TROY, you’ll be well-equipped to enter the job market. Whether experimenting with a graphic design tool or building your portfolio, you’ll have ample opportunities to practice what you’ve learned in the classroom — and work on projects for real clients and businesses. You can also refine your design skills in internships or study abroad programs.
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Bachelor’s in Graphic Design Curriculum

While specific courses may vary from year to year, graphic design courses may include:
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Graphic Design Program Locations

The graphic design program is offered in on-campus, online and hybrid formats. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

Graphic Design Student Showcase

TROY’s graphic design majors work on real-world, professional projects using various media and tools. This hands-on aspect of the program has helped students secure graphic design careers and internships, design public exhibits, and routinely win ADDY and film festival awards.

Some previous student projects include a collaborative exhibit with Chinese-American photographer Hai Zhang, an award-winning fantasy adventure film, commercials for Stephen King books and an awareness campaign, Unplugged.

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Graphic Design Careers

With your bachelor’s in graphic design from TROY, you can pursue careers in marketing, advertising, communications, digital media, user experience, publishing and numerous other fields.

Faculty Profiles

Chris Stagl

Chris Stagl

Chris Stagl is an associate professor of graphic design and assistant chair of art and design at TROY. He has written design curricula throughout the country and joined the TROY faculty in 2020. Professor Stagl holds an M.F.A. in media from Florida Atlantic University and a B.F.A. in graphic design from the University of North Florida. He serves as the education co-chair of the Montgomery, AL, chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF). His interests include typography, identity, video and storytelling.

Tailor Your Graphic Design Degree With a Minor

Focus your degree and your career with a minor in one of the following areas — or choose a minor in another field with the help of your advisor.

  • Multimedia design
  • 2D studio
  • Illustration
  • Advertising writing
  • Literature/writing
  • 3D Printing
  • Photography
  • Art Contract

Some minors are only available based on learning method. Check with your advisor to see which minors are available to you.

Scholarships for Graphic Design Majors

You may qualify for a Department of Art and Design Scholarship, ranging from $250 to $1,500 per academic year. Learn more.

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FAQ About the Graphic Design Program

Learn more about the field of graphic design and this program.
What is graphic design?
Graphic design is the practice of using visuals such as color, shapes, fonts, images and motion graphics to tell stories, communicate ideas or evoke emotions. It is commonly used to describe branding, advertising, education, communications or entertainment work. Graphic design projects can include logos and brand identities, websites, printed or digital media, photography, animations and video.
What do graphic designers do?
What a graphic designer does can vary widely based on their role, industry or specialization. Generally, graphic designers create visuals to communicate a message, including print advertisements, website designs, videos or commercials, animations, social media graphics, brand logos and more.
What can you do with a graphic design degree?
A graphic design degree prepares you for a broad range of careers, including art director, web designer, motion graphics designer, illustrator, user experience designer, etc. Graduates of TROY’s program typically launch their careers in graphic design with creative agencies or as in-house designers. Many students also use the commercial skills they acquire at TROY to establish their own creative studios as entrepreneurs.
Is graphic design a good career?
Graphic design is an excellent career choice for creative and artistic individuals. In addition to the wide variety of graphic design careers, graphic design has been rated among the top media and creative careers by U.S. News & World Report.
Is graphic design a good career?
Graphic design is an excellent career choice for creative and artistic individuals. In addition to the wide variety of graphic design careers, graphic design has been rated among the top media and creative careers by U.S. News & World Report.
What computer and software do I need for the graphic design program?
Required technology for the graphic design program includes:
  • A computer newer than 2019
    • MacBook Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, iMac, PC laptop or PC desktop acceptable
    • RAM (memory) of 32GB, 16 GB, or 8 GB (You cannot run the required software with memory under 8 GB.)
    • Internal hard drive of 250 GB minimum
    • External hard drive with 1 TB minimum
    • Processor Intel i7 or i9 or equivalent minimum
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (subscription required)
  • A camera/video camera*
    • *Camera is not required but recommended
    • A digital mirrorless camera is ideal (24 mp minimum, interchangeable lens)

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