As a design student, you’ll develop skills in typography, composition, design process, and visual communication. You will learn how to think like a designer, give visual form to your ideas, and become adept at solving visual and conceptual problems.

Students working on a design project

Designing Your Future

Graphic Designers use creativity, critical thinking, and artistic skill to solve some of today's most interesting problems. Graphic Design shows up everywhere from brands developed for large corporations, to patterns created for products sold in stores, to the interfaces used on computer programs and in apps.

As a Graphic Design student at BYU Idaho, you first engage in a wide variety of experiences that help you develop core skills in design processes, typography, visual communication, and software tools. You will then explore applying those skills in the Surface and Pattern Design Emphasis where you will focus on the union of graphic design and illustration and will learn to create patterns, illustrations, and typography for consumer products, fabric, paper goods, and more. This design focus includes traditional and digital image-making. After successfully completing this program, you are ready for an engaging career in Graphic Design.

Students may initially declare a Graphic Design major, but will apply to continue on in the major towards the end of their sophomore year after completing a series of core courses. Students who do not continue on in the major may complete a minor in Graphic Design or a concentration in Graphic Design that can be used with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

Career Path

Graduates with a degree in Art have a wide array of rewarding careers before them. Check out some of the top careers students get with this degree or explore more career options in I-Plan.

Highlighted Career Paths

Packaging Designer

A Packaging Designer will use design elements such as shape, color, graphics, and typography to create packaging that is functional and appealing to customers. Not only do packaging designers need to have great design skills, but they also have to be good listeners and collaborate with multiple stakeholders both within an organization and outside of it to meet branding, business, budget, time, and safety requirements.

Experience Designer

Experience designers work in real-world spaces designing signage, interactive experiences, and more.

Surface/Pattern Design In-House

Design paterns in-house for a company.


Own your own business as a freelance designer.

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Getting started in this degree

Students will complete 42 credits of major-specific courses which can be found in the course catalog for this degree. To find out if Design emphasis is right for you, take the following classes first:

1st Semester:

  • ART106 - Freshman Art Orientation Seminar (.5)
  • ART107 - Design and Color (3)
  • ART125 - Adobe CC Basics (3)
2nd Semester:
  • ART110 - Drawing I (3)
  • ART130 - Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
  • ART201 - Art History I (3) or ART202 - Art History II (3)


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