Your Future in Graphic Design

As a student in Charleston Southern University’s Bachelor of Arts in graphic design degree program, you will develop technical and creative abilities that prepare you for a successful career in graphic and web design. You will receive individualized instruction, and classes are relatively small and focused on developing your skill sets. Work side-by-side with students and faculty on various projects, and learn about printing industry operations. Experiential learning and real-world experience with internships and portfolio classes offer ample preparation for a career in the industry upon graduation.

  • Benefitfocus
  • Blackbaud
  • BoomTown!
  • Charleston Home+Design
  • Charleston Magazine
  • CSU Marketing & Communication Department
  • Fortibus Marketing
  • NHL
  • Stingrays
  • TargetMarket
  • The Citadel
  • Tumbleston Photography Studios
  • Trident United Way
  • Veterans Affairs
  • ABC, Freelance Illustrator
  • Benefitfocus, Graphic Designer
  • Bourne Group, Production Manager
  • Colliers International, Marketing Assistant
  • Creative Consulting, Business Owners
  • Faith Church, Communications Director
  • FASTSIGNS, Graphic Designer
  • Horizon Scientific, Graphic Designer
  • Jeff Cook Real Estate, Creative Director
  • King + Columbus, Creative Department Supervisor
  • Knight Printing, Pre-Press Technician
  • MUSC, Graphic Designer
  • The Brandon Agency, Junior Art Director
  • Virginia Tech, Multi-Media Designer

While certain basic components are required by all students, juniors and seniors specialize in a particular branch of design they hope to pursue: print design, illustration, web design or photography. Each spring, graphic design seniors create a newsletter showcasing their talents. You can view the latest below or download here.

CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Andrea Glover

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Graphic Design: it's a gift

Combine your passion and creativity with technical skill. Your knowledge will be stretched as you pursue learning opportunities in and outside of the lab. Begin with modest studio art skills and become a master in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver and more.

As a Graphic Design major, you’ll take courses like…

  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Digital Image Editing
  • Printmaking
  • Visual Communications
  • Typography

Graduates are equipped for a variety of career paths.

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Brand Manager
  • Web Designer 
  • Creative Director
  • Freelance Designer
  • Infographics Designer
  • Package Designer
  • Photoshop Artist

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a wide variety of undergraduate academic majors to choose from including history, political science, English, music, communication studies, graphic design, criminal justice, psychology, sociology and Spanish. 

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Art Studio

Located at the back of campus, the building houses studio spaces for design, drawing, painting and printmaking classes.

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Graphic Design Computer Lab

The lab consists of state-of-the-art Mac workstations equipped with current versions of Adobe Creative Suite and other popular interactive media software.


The program taught me really good habits and design thinking, and it definitely set a cornerstone in me that has helped to find a place at Jeff Cook.

Cory Towler / graphic design, ’17Creative Director, Jeff Cook Real Estate

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