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Design, BA


Our alumni work as art directors, visual designers, web designers, UI/UX designers, production artists, brand designers, and creative directors for design agencies, firms, and public companies across the country. Others have gone on to study design at top graduate schools in the country, such as New York University (NYU), California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) among others. As a whole, our program produces well-rounded designers, who, armed with both a liberal arts education and specialized training in design, thrive in today’s competitive job market.

More than Pretty Pictures

“Design isn’t just the aesthetically pleasing collision of words and imagery, it’s creative problem solving for any medium."

Kate Matsumoto

Challenging the Status Quo

“Coming to USF, I imagined being a designer meant working at an advertising agency. Through my courses, I realized design can be a tool for social movements.”

Chris Chappelle


a partial list:

  • Apple
  • Benefit Cosmetics
  • Big Fish Games
  • Chronicle Books
  • Disney
  • Dwell Media
  • Etsy
  • Google
  • Harper Collins
  • Heat Advertising
  • Howdy Design Associates
  • Minted
  • Mojo Tech
  • Oracle
  • Pandora
  • Project Open Hand
  • Recreation SF
  • San Francisco Magazine
  • Scoot
  • Swords to Plowshares
  • Teach for America
  • The Discovery Science Center in Orange County
  • The Harvey Milk Center for the Arts
  • Twitter

Graduate Schools

a partial list:

  • Art Center College of Art
  • Cal Arts
  • DePaul University
  • International Center of Photography
  • New York University
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Savannah College of Art
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of the Arts London

Thinking Visually

“It's not enough for something to look good if it doesn't have meaning. And it's not enough to communicate without understanding the influence of aesthetics.”

James Barela