Art, BFA—Graphic Design Specialization

About the Graphic Design Specialization

Our Graphic Design, BFA empowers aspiring designers to unleash their creativity. Rooted in the fusion of traditional artistry and contemporary design principles, this program offers dynamic classes that study the depths of graphic design, from visual storytelling to brand strategy, typography to user experience. With the guidance of accomplished faculty and access to advanced facilities, you will emerge equipped with the skills to captivate audiences in today's visually driven world.

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Why Study Graphic Design at CWU?

At CWU, our Art and Design Department is a dedicated team of experienced faculty who provide personalized guidance to help you develop your skills and creative potential.

We offer various opportunities to showcase your work, including exhibitions, galleries, and events and prepare you for successful careers in the creative industry. This exposure and experience will help you gain recognition and build a strong professional network.

“I am beyond grateful to the Department of Art in helping me achieve my goals and succeed in ways I never imagined for myself. I feel extremely fortunate to have chosen Central as the place to earn my graphic design degree.” Anjerie Jarman graduated in 2018 with a BFA in Graphic Design.

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How much does this program cost?

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU.

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.

Careers and Opportunities

With a BFA in Graphic Design, you can pursue a wide range of creative and rewarding career opportunities in the field of graphic design. Some of the potential career paths include:

  • Web Designer/Developer: Specialize in web design and development, creating visually appealing and user-friendly websites, landing pages, and other online content.
  • UX/UI Designer: You can work as a user experience or interface designer, creating designs that enhance the usability and user experience of websites, apps, and other digital products. Washington is a top-paying state for Web and Digital Interface designers, with an average salary of $ 115,640.
  • Branding Specialist: Work as a branding specialist, creating visual identities and brand guidelines for companies, organizations, and products.

Additional Program Information

  • Art and Design Program Eligibility

    All new Art and Design majors can select from any of the degree programs. To continue in the BFA degree programs (Graphic Design or Studio Art) you will:

    • Maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA in all Art and Design classes.
    • Present to the faculty a portfolio of work during a Junior year review.
  • BFA or BA?

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional degree that focuses on intensive work. The BFA provides an in-depth program of study in Graphic Design or Studio Art while also allowing for some experimentation in several arts media.  


    The Bachelor of Arts in Art (BA) is a liberal arts degree that focuses on the study of art, design, and art history. The BA allows for a second major, a minor or various courses in different departments.  


Seven Awards for Logo Designs

Art and Design Professor David Bieloh, who teaches graphic design, has earned seven awards for his logo designs at the prestigious Summit International Competition.

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