Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

BFA graphic design

Harrington College of Design’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program challenges students to combine strong ideas and smart strategy to solve a multitude of design problems. The focus of the curriculum is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and vision to create design solutions that can change lives and transform business.

New Saturday Schedule

We also offer a Saturday option to earn your Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design.* If you have an Associate degree in Graphic Design, our Saturday BFA offering covers the same content as our weekday option to help you take your creative vision, technical skills, and business knowledge to the next level.

It gives you an alternative if you can’t fit classes into your weekdays. By attending a full day of classes on Saturday, you can save money and finish faster. Our Saturday schedule takes eleven 15-week terms and can save you up to $29,750, depending on the number of transfer credits that are accepted.**

* This option requires an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Applied Science.
** Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the College catalog for transfer credit policies. Harrington College of Design cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find employment rates, financial obligations and disclosures at

Harrington's bachelor-level Graphic Design program focuses on imparting the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary in this highly competitive field. At its most basic level, the program encourages students to think, speak, draw and design, but ultimately, it strives to create a socially and globally aware individual who can approach and solve a design problem from many angles. Graduates will be expected to:

  • Synthesize various approaches of thought within the design process
  • Apply critical thinking skills in the exploration of design-based problems to facilitate innovation and leadership in the design field
  • Solve complex design problems through team-oriented, solution-based approaches
  • Research effectively to create and evaluate solutions to incrementally larger scale design problems
  • Respond to challenges based on exposure to environmental, economic and social-cultural issues
  • Understand the theory and process of design while employing rational thought to achieve functional and powerful design messages
  • Communicate effectively across design disciplines

Harrington’s BFA in Graphic Design program take you beyond graphic design alone. Courses will immerse you in design as a primary means of communication – a discipline that depends on strong technical skills and business insight in addition to your creative vision. For example:

  • In Design Studio you can learn use of the grid system, figure-and-ground relationships, typography, and symbolism as they relate to prioritizing and displaying information. By working on a wide range of assignments, you can broaden your creative experiences.
  • In The Design Process and its co-requisite, The Communication Designer, you’ll explore design from a field specific point of view and the fundamentals of the design process – including Seeing, Research, Testing, and Execution.
  • In an optional Specialization, you can focus in-depth on an area of particular interest – Branding, Commercial Illustration, Motion Graphics, Typography, Web: Experience Design, or Web: Interaction Design.

Other core requirements in this program include*:

  • Beginning Drawing
  • Intermediate Drawing
  • Color: Perception & Application
  • 2D Design
  • Design in 3 Dimensions
  • Intro to Computer Graphics
  • Computer Graphics II
  • Design Studio
  • Storyboarding
  • Print Process
  • Web Process
  • Senior Design Studio I
  • Design Issues
  • Portfolio
  • Senior Design Studio II
  • The Design Process
  • History of Graphic Design
  • Illustration I
  • Typography I
  • Typography II
  • Typography III
  • Design Layout
  • Time-Based Design
  • Advanced Time-Based Design
  • VSC402 Visual Communications (Capstone)

*Course curriculum is subject to change.

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