Graphic Design

About the Major

The Graphic Design major prepares students for creating print and electronic designs in a wide variety of organizations. The curriculum educates students in design methods, design theory, and creative problem solving, as well as visual and verbal literacy. An emphasis is placed on visual components: how humans communicate, perceive, interpret, and understand visual information. Read more about the major.

Common Entry Level Job Titles

  • Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Web Designer

Types of Employers

  • Advertising agencies
  • Design firms
  • Educational institutions
  • For-profit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations

Alumni Internship and Volunteer Contacts

Search for students' previously completed experiences related to this major (to get ideas- not to get a list of openings) at: z.umn.edu/experiencedatabase. Database is updated through Summer 2018 semester only.

Salary and Employment Statistics

See the employment and salary page for statistics on the most recent graduates and previous years.

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