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Graphic Design

Program Head: Tor Hovind

Graphic Design Student Website

As creative problem-solvers, graphic designers deal with the transmission of ideas, information and subjective impressions through the use of print, film, video and computer media. Therefore, the Graphic Design program at California State University, Long Beach, takes a broad approach to the field, including graphic explorations into various media, both traditional and electronic, and also through the lens of advertising art direction.

The BFA degree program in Graphic Design, consisting of 132 units, prepares students for professional careers in design studios, advertising agencies, corporate design departments, motion graphics firms, web design companies and free-lance consulting, as well as for graphic design positions with industrial and interior design firms.

The MFA degree program, consisting of 60 units, provides an environment for students to make deep explorations into the field, pushing boundaries and questioning the status quo.

Our students have received high accolades for their work including awards and scholarships from the One Show, the Type Directors Club, Adobe Design Achievement Awards and inclusion in national AIGA shows and competitions. Many of our students have had their work appear in various publications such as The 3D Type Book, published by Laurence King, CMYK and Creative Quarterly.

Our alumni can be found at every level of the design and advertising community. Several have gone on to illustrious careers with national and international reputations. Inclusions of alumni work in leading professional journals, such as: Communication Arts, HOW, and Print, is commonplace.

Students wishing to study Graphic Design at CSULB are first admitted into the BA Studio Art degree option. In this degree option, students may focus on Graphic Design. BA students may then choose to apply to enter into the BFA program in Graphic Design. The BFA program has limited enrollment, and the selection process is competitive. To gain entry into the BFA program, a student must:

  • Students must have earned a 3.0 or better grade point average in your major, 2.6 GPA overall
  • Submit a portfolio for formal evaluation, consisting of no fewer than 6 and no more than 10 pieces of work, this could include multimedia or web projects on CD/DVD.

Student portfolios are evaluated on formal skills as well as the demonstration of imaginative problem-solving and a willingness to take creative risks. Students should complete all of their lower division courses in addition to Art 318 and Art 321 before applying for the BFA program. Students are encouraged to apply to the BFA program while enrolled in Art 331 and Art 327.

For BFA portfolio requirements click here to download a PDF or inquire in the Art Advising Office, room FA4-102. Please see the Art Advising Office for BFA review dates.