Graphic Design

The Department of Art offers two degrees in graphic design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is recommended for those seeking careers in the field of graphic design, while the Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design offered to those students seeking to combine a minor program of study outside of the discipline with graphic design studies.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is recommended for those seeking careers in the field of graphic design. This degree provides students with the opportunity to focus on graphic design methods and techniques used in effective graphic communication. Our graphic design students express their conceptual talents within a rigorous curriculum. By emphasizing and maintaining high standards, our curriculum reflects the quality and competitive rigor demanded by recognized and respected design firms.

In addition to courses in the visual arts and art history, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in Graphic Design offers a variety of courses to prepare students for the professional field. Study includes courses in graphic design, typography, brand identity, illustration, web design, digital imaging, motion design, environmental design, and portfolio development. Internship study opportunities are also available to Lamar graphic design students. 

The professional undergraduate graphic design curriculum culminates in Lamar’s distinctive senior thesis program involving a series of original works produced by each Bachelor of Fine Arts degree candidate, exhibited in the Dishman Art Museum, and defended by the student in a formal written thesis.



Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design

Lamar University's Department of Art also offers a four-year liberal arts degree in graphic design. The Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design is offered to those students seeking to combine a minor program of study outside of the discipline with studio art and graphic design studies. This degree is not intended to be preparation for entry into professional design practice upon graduation, and is not necessarily the preparation for an eventual career in design. As a pre-professional degree program, the primary objective of the Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design is the preparation for graduate study in art and design or other allied fields. Allied fields may include, but is not limited to, advertising, architecture and interior design. Students following this degree program are required to declare a concentration area in graphic design. Students must choose a minor program of study from any university approved minor outside of the Department of Art. Students in this program are not thesis eligible.

Facilities

Our computer lab provides students the opportunity to utilize industry standard software and equipment. The graphic design studio consists of 18 Macintosh workstations, as well as workstations dedicated for printing and scanning. Our graphic design studio stays up to date with Adobe Creative Suite Software, which includes Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Dreamweaver and Flash, as well as Lightwave 3D. Our facilities are well maintained to accommodate and prepare students working in all facets of graphic design.


Student Organization

The Lamar University Design Studio is an officially recognized student organization that provides pre-professional design opportunities to students. Students gain professional level experience working with clients and solving their graphic design needs. This student organization also provides networking with alumni, internships, and job opportunities in the field. Funds raised support travel to design conferences, visiting artist lectures, and design-related events. Membership in this organization is open to all students in the Department of Art. Follow LU Design Studio on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LamarUniversityDesignStudio.

Alumni

Lamar University graphic design alumni hold diverse positions in the industry, including printing companies, web design firms, and advertising agencies throughout Texas, including the cities of Southeast Texas, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio.