Graphic design student drawing in class

About Graphic Design

Graphic Design at Buffalo State provides you with cutting edge instruction in new media, industry-current software, and traditional tools in this lively and rapidly expanding field. Our BFA program is designed to prepare you for successful employment in an industry with a rapid influx of new technologies. Our graduates have the poise, demeanor, and professional acumen to begin a satisfying and meaningful career in design.

By the time you graduate you will know how to:

  • Utilize 3D software for illustration, animation, and visualization
  • Create objects and environments for use in games
  • Create virtual packaging and product visualizations
  • Create motion graphics that animate branding systems, and communicate a message
  • Design for the web; create intuitive, interesting and informative websites
  • Design for print; magazines, books, packaging
  • Create way-finding systems and environmental graphics
  • Design conceptually creative and persuasive advertising campaigns
  • Create logos and coordinated branding systems
  • Illustrate with a variety of media from hands-on to digital
  • Mount an individual exhibition in a local gallery
  • Design and create an individual portfolio, digital and traditional

Graphic Design, B.F.A.

Degree Information

Opportunities continue to exist in the more traditional fields of newspaper, magazines, advertising specialties, or sign companies. In addition, many businesses that employ more than a dozen employees often have an in-house design department. Or, with the skills gained, some of our more enterprising graduates have started their own companies.

Graduates from the program are employed by many in the Western New York area and across the country:

  • Design studios
  • Advertising firms
  • Marketing agencies
  • Web firms
  • Non-profit organizations
  • The music industry
  • News and print companies

Our graduates are employed at:

  • NBC Universal
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Fisher Price
  • Yahoo!
  • Xerox
  • Uniland Development
  • The Mechanism
  • Fuel Interactive
  • Hilton Worldwide
  • Buffalo Sabres
  • Block Club
  • Quinlan & Co.
  • Clever Method
  • Buffalo Spree
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • NOCO Energy
  • Local Edge
  • P22 Type Foundry
  • CGI Communications
  • The Martin Group
  • Eric Mower & Associates
  • The Buffalo News

Our students obtain critical professional experience from our extensive internship requirement. Most students do their internships locally, but some have been more adventurous and landed internships in London, Los Angeles, New York City, and other metropolitan areas.