Integrating coursework in graphic design, digital media design, and environmental design into a dynamic interdisciplinary studio concentration.

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The well-educated designer of today must be able to work comfortably across a broad range of media and demonstrate proficiency with the design of messages, interfaces, and public spaces. USF is the ideal place to foster this expanded model of design practice because it encourages students to conduct independent research as well as collaborate with students from other disciplines.

By practicing design in an expanded field, our students gain comprehensive experience with process-oriented skills, including conceptual development, visual rhetoric, formal experimentation, and critical thinking. We teach our courses in state-of-the-art computer labs, where students gain fluency with advanced production methods and digital technologies. Though we encourage our students to express their personal interests in their project work, we are equally committed to having them engage with the various demographics of the larger community by working with nonprofit and other community-based groups. Advanced courses in the program provide students with opportunities for such work, both locally and internationally, the goal being for them to identify the issues that concern them most and to create design solutions that respond to the pressing needs of a rapidly changing global culture.

We welcome into our program students with curiosity about the world and the desire to develop critically, conceptually, and technically, even if they have no previous art or design experience. We are confident that all of our graduating students will leave with a body of knowledge and skills that will serve them well as graduate students, professional practitioners, design educators, or community leaders.

Design Beyond the Classroom

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) at USF
Members of USF’s AIGA student chapter gain resources needed to move into the professional design world by participating in workshops, field trips, lectures, exhibitions, and other events both on campus as well as within larger communities in San Francisco and throughout the country. Members gain design skills as well as building leadership and communication skills that will be valuable as they move into the design profession.

Graphics Center
The Graphics Center is a unique student-run organization and business that does design work for clubs, faculty, and departments on campus. Students who work at the "GC "are paid for their work and gain valuable experience in working with clients, printers, and in a small design firm setting. Students work on design projects ranging from posters, flyers, and banners to T-shirts, booklets, brochures, and more.

Design Major Availability

Due to the popularity of the design program, students who wish to declare the major should first contact our program assistant to inquire about availability. We are in the process of expanding our offerings in order to accommodate the growing demand for the major.

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