Art Studio

Program Type: Major
Program Level: Undergraduate
Department: Majors

Graphic designers bring imagination, inspiration, joy, and beauty to the world, while also creating significant value across the broad spectrum of business and industry. Upstate’s Graphic Design program will position you for a fulfilling career bringing your creative vision to life.

Building a global perspective for tomorrow’s leading visual communicators.

As a graphic design student, you’ll explore a broad range of content areas—including design theory, history, production, criticism, and aesthetics—resulting in a broad and deep perspective. You’ll discover the many ways graphic design shapes print and web, electronic design, and illustration. And you’ll foster your skills in creativity, critical thinking, and problem analysis.

The program also will empower you with insights on the impact of design on global environments, enable you to proactively respond to global shifts in visual codes, and equip you with an ethical mindset that more and more employers value with regards to how design can affect the broader society.

For more information, visit the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.

    • Think and write critically about art and design with reference to historical periods, movements, artists, styles, cultures, criticism, theory, and design analysis 
    • Demonstrate knowledge and communicate art historical periods, movements, artists, styles, cultures, criticism, theory and design analysis in visual formats 
    • Demonstrate the development and application of the skills necessary to create original designs and components of visual communication 
    • Demonstrate the ability to apply and present verbal articulation in analysis of work
  • The curriculum integrates traditional art techniques with industry standards of digital technology, and experiential learning through internships. With the variety of positions in graphic design, there also is a wide range of annual salaries available. Graduates of the BA program are employed in creative departments of corporations, retail establishments, advertising/design firms, publishing and public relations firms. While many graduates start as junior or entry-level graphic designers, there is potential to work up to executive level positions.

  • Internships and experiential learning give students real world experiences that lead them toward their career past graduation. Students are encouraged to minor in Art History, as it requires only two additional art history courses in addition to the four required by the major. This is recognized as a strengthening to student’s skills/knowledge and a positive addition to the resume.

    • Whipp, Inc. 
    • Spartanburg Art Museum
    • The Johnson Collection (private art collection)
    • Hubbell Lighting
    • The STUDIO Practicum, 
    • West Main Artist Coop
    • Boys & Girls Club of the Upstate
    • Spartanburg Art Museum
    • The Palladian Group
    • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
    • Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System 
    • Spartanburg Herald Journal