On a crimson background, the letter BFA are shown in white type, as well as the words "graphic design." This was the announcement image of the new program.

UA to Offer New Degree In Graphic Design

The University of Alabama will offer a new Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in graphic design beginning Fall Semester 2022.

Since 1945, the University has offered a BFA degree in studio art with concentrations such as ceramics, digital media/graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. By expanding the program to offer a specific BFA in graphic design, students will be able to expand their skillsets in digital media.

The degree will officially be offered beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year.

“This is an exciting time for our students,” said Assistant Professor Jonathan Cumberland, who heads the graphic design program at UA. “While we already have facilitated a high-caliber educational experience in graphic design in the past, our students will now have the degree that more properly identifies what they’ve learned during their time at UA. The graphic design BFA will provide new opportunities for growth within the program and enable our students to produce a competitive portfolio upon graduation.”

The BFA degree in graphic design is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and meets the association’s most stringent standards for graphic design programs. More information about the new program is available from the College of Arts and Sciences.


Caroline Gazzara-McKenzie, UA Strategic Communications, caroline.mckenzie@ua.edu