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The Mizzou Graphic Design Program

MU’s Graphic Design Program is a distinct area within the School of Visual Studies. A series of five sequential, required courses (ARTGD_VS 2410, 2420, 3410, 4400, 4410) prepare students to move on to develop deeper knowledge in specific courses, such as Packaging Design, Corporate Identity, Letterpress Printing, Hand Lettering, and Design History. The Graphic Design program offers both BFA and BA degrees and requires a portfolio review after the Introduction to Typography course (ARTGD_VS 2410)

For more information on the Graphic Design Program, click here for a PDF flyer. 

MU Graphic Design graduates have gone on to award-winning careers in media, entertainment and advertising, in both agency and in-house settings. Our graduates are employed in great jobs from coast to coast in all areas of design. From MCA records in Los Angeles to Cosmopolitan Magazine in NYC, from Hallmark cards to Nestle Purina they are making their mark in the world of design. Our alums have won Grammys, Emmys, Addys, have been featured on TheDieline, the Today Show and won many other awards for design. They are entrepreneurs starting businesses small and large, from design studios to hand lettering businesses, freelance design to international companies selling all over the globe. 

The Graphic Design Program has a Student Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. To join, click the logo below:

AIGA Mizzou Logo

Graphic Design Links

Graphic Design Faculty

Director of School of Visual Studies
102A Swallow Hall
Academic Advisor, College of Arts & Science, Anthropology, Art, Art History, Graphic Design, Music
325 Tate Hall
Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of Graphic Design
A202 Fine Arts Building
Associate Professor, Graphic Design Coordinator
A203 Fine Arts Building

Examples of Student Work

Careers & Jobs

The Mizzou Graphic Design Program challenges students to utilize the design process to develop creative work that pushes the boundaries of traditional design work. They are encouraged to think differently to solve communication problems in exciting and inventive ways. Our students are prepared for professional practice in many areas:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Digital Designer
  • Production Artist
  • Freelance Designer
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Multimedia Artist
  • Product Designer
  • Animation Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer


Design Careers

Alumni from the Mizzou Graphic Design Program have worked with incredible companies including:





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transfer student info

The Graphic Design Program in the School of Visual Studies (SVS) welcomes transfer students from both Community Colleges and four-year colleges and universities. For more information, click here.


Laptop Requirement

Starting in the Fall 2022 Semester, all students in the Graphic Design Program are required to purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Through the  Division of IT at Mizzou, students can purchase and download Adobe CC Suite for $60 per year. Here's the link.

All students in the program are required to purchase a laptop computer. All the design faculty use Apple Computers and our labs are equipped with Apple Computers. While the Adobe Creative Cloud software suite runs on both Macs and PCs, we recommend that students get Mac laptops.

Below are the two we recommend purchasing through the University Bookstore. Students who purchase through the bookstore can get tech support through Tiger Tech with AppleCare+ for Mac.

13-Inch M2 MacBook Pro 512GB SSD 8GB RAM

16-Inch MacBook Pro M2 Max 1TB SSD 32GB RAM