The BEST BFA Graphic Design / Communication Design Programs in the US

If you’ve decided to apply to BFA Graphic Design and  Communication Design Programs it may be difficult to figure out which school is best for you.

There are many great programs, and they each require a portfolio of your best artwork, including art and design work related to the field of Graphic Design. This means that you should have basic computer literacy in programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and show that work in the Art Portfolio that you submit. 

Once you graduate from a BFA Graphic Design or Communication Design program, you can pursue a career in; Brand and Packaging , Editorial Design, Digital Product Design, Environmental and Spatial Graphics, Exhibition Design, Data Visualization, Website Design, Motion Graphics, Traditional Print Media, Type Design , UX/UI Design,  at creative agencies, tech giants, start-ups, and cultural institutions.

At Ashcan Art we have more students apply for Graphic Design than any other major- and these are the schools we have our students interested in BFA Graphic Design apply to: 

School of Visual Arts, New York, New York

The School of Visual Arts (SVA)  BFA in Design program is a multidisciplinary program offering separate majors within the Design major, including Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Interaction Design and 3D Design. The course options are tailored to your strengths and needs, offering more studio courses than any institution in the world. In this program you’ll have the opportunity to develop your own vision, making the entire educational experience at SVA particularly empowering.

 Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) BFA in Graphic Design program is one of the largest departments at RISD. In this outstanding Graphic Design program you’ll learn the fundamental value of typography, imagery, grids, systems and will create traditional books, posters, logos and websites to apps, interactive texts and other digital media

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

In Pratt Institute BFA in Communications Design program you’ll be encouraged to think critically, collaborate and experiment with different technologies and platforms. We’ve noticed that Pratt is particularly interested in sustainability, and inclusivity in Design. You can specialize in user experience, motion graphics, type design, independent publishing, data visualization, and post-artifact books.

 The New School’s Parsons School of Design, New York, New York

The Communication Design BFA at Parsons is the oldest undergraduate program of its kind in the United States. In this major, you learn the theory and craft needed to combine words, images, and ideas to visually transmit information and project human experiences in print, on screen, or in space. 

Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

Otis College of Art and Design (OTIS)  BFA in Graphic Design program include courses in branding and logo development, posters, books, package design, apps, websites, and interactive design. This school emphasizes craft and traditional artmaking with advanced computer generated design skills.

 ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena, California

ArtCenters BFA in Graphic Design  program encourages students to infuse words and images with life and meaning—whether by creating motion graphics, an interface, or setting type by hand. Students are challenged to develop design solutions and experiment with a wide range of media—including books and digital magazines, packaging, 3D motion graphics, apps—to create compelling graphic identities and branded experiences. 


California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) BFA in Graphic Design program will prepare you for a career in print and publication design, web and interface design, motion graphics for broadcast and film, branding, identity and type design, and design history and education.

School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers a BFA in Studio with a Visual Communication Design Pathway. The program has two major areas of focus: Physical Media (environments, print, and objects) and Virtual Media (interactive and time-based media).

Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida

Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD)  BFA Graphic Design program allows students to collaborate with other artists such as copywriters, developers, illustrators, photographers, and printers to make their ideas a reality.

Some other schools with outstanding BFA Graphic Design Programs that we recommend to our students: 













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One thought on “The BEST BFA Graphic Design / Communication Design Programs in the US

  1. Thanks for sharing an amazing blog for the best graphic design/communication design programs in the US. I read your complete blog and you mentioned the top-rated colleges. This blog is very helpful for students who are looking for a graphic design course. Los Angeles Pacific College is also very prominent and especially known for Graphic Design Programs.

    Once again thanks for the wonderful information. Keep sharing such types of blogs.

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