The graphic design program prepares graduates for positions in the visual communications industry.

Students use state-of-the-art computer workstations and other devices in a hands-on studio environment to create a wide range of projects. Program studies include studio study of print, web and multimedia design as well as study of photography, illustration, integrated media, 3D modeling, motion graphics, and animation.

Students in the BFA graphic design program concentrate on the study and practice of contemporary graphic design theory, emerging digital media, techniques and application. The BA offers ample opportunity for multiple or interdisciplinary studies in various areas across campus including psychology, cognitive science, communications, advertising/marketing, technology education and information science, among others. Many BA students choose to pursue a second major or minor.

Launch your career


The intensive BFA degree is limited to select students chosen through a separate application process, students must present a strong portfolio, exemplary academic performance and solid writing skills. Students in the BA program can combine their studies with a second major or minor.


Oswego keeps a very active schedule for students to present work in spaces that include galleries on campus as well as at Oswego State Downtown and the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in Syracuse. Clubs including Arts Alive and Break Thru Design let you connect and collaborate with peers while developing additional portfolio pieces. Internships and co-op opportunities add to your professional qualifications.


Opportunities include

  • Illustrator
  • Creative director
  • Typeface designer
  • Environmental designer
  • Visual interaction designer
  • Branding and packaging designer
  • Print, web or motion designer

Graduate studies may include

  • Education
  • Arts therapy
  • Curatorial
  • Human-computer interaction


In addition to Tyler Art Gallery spaces where you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work, we offer multiple studios specializing in ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, painting photography and foundation design, plus woodshop and digital-imaging labs. Our home in Tyler Hall reopens with new luster in 2016 following over a year of renovations.