Learn to Speak a Powerful Visual Language
Graphic and media designers use color, line, shape, texture, images, motion and more to tell stories, share ideas and create emotional connections with the world.
Majoring in Graphic Design
As a student in Russell Sage College’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Graphic + Media Design, you’ll study print production, interactive design, video, animation and digital imaging as you develop your own authentic style. And you’ll add to your portfolio, resume and professional network at an internship and year-long, self-designed capstone project.
We are excited about our curriculum that offers you the flexibility to focus on the area of design that most interests you, along with interdisciplinary opportunities to broaden your education.
A course called Colab is a great example of the interdisciplinary experiences in Sage’s Art + Design department. Colab students from our Graphic + Media Design, Art + Extended Media and Interior + Spatial Design programs work in teams on a collaborative project — to develop a concept and designs for a boutique hotel, for example. The class runs like a professional project in a busy design studio, and students end the semester with strong work samples for their portfolios and teamwork experience for their resumes.
Russell Sage College’s Graphic + Media Design program is small, so your professors get to know you personally. They’ll brainstorm projects with you, offer constructive critiques as you grow as a graphic and media designer and advise you on freelance assignments and other career opportunities.
Create, Exhibit, Publish and Connect
As a BFA student at Russell Sage College, you’ll have easy access to equipment like 3-D printers, a laser cutter, large format printers, Wacom Cintiq displays, scanners, audiovisual equipment, a vacuum former and more at the Art + Design Technology Center.
Two on-campus galleries — Opalka Gallery and the Little Gallery — attract prestigious exhibits and provide a professional venue for students’ work. You may also serve on the editorial board or publish your work in Vernacular, a student-run art, design and literature publication and campus tradition for more than 50 years.
And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to network with members of Albany and Troy’s creative communities at department-sponsored artist lectures, portfolio reviews and special events held in conjunction with professional organizations like AIGA.
“It’s really great to have a gallery related to a school and one that’s accessible … ”
Leah Rico, MFA
Assistant Professor of Graphic + Media Design
Careers with a Graphic Design Degree
Graphic design majors go on to get great jobs in large communication agencies, boutique design firms and in-house marketing departments.
Recent graduates are working as a UX designer at Amazon; marketing director at a custom printing company; and as graphic designers and art directors at Jane Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Trampoline Design and on national political campaigns.
A BFA in Graphic Design prepared these Sage graduates for success.
Check out Leah Barna’s website (leahvon.com) and you’re likely to be surprised that she’s a 2018 Sage graduate. Because, in …
“Being able to create is a joy. It’s an adventure. When you begin a project you often don’t know where it will end up. That’s the excitement — not knowing, but trusting.”
Tyler Frisbee gets the value of practical. Ask him what he appreciated about his time as a Sage student in …
Graduate Studies with a BFA in Graphic Design
A Master of Fine Arts degree or master’s degree in graphic design is the next step for many individuals with a BFA in graphic design who want to continue their studies. Our undergraduate graphic design degree program is also excellent preparation for master’s programs in other fields that align with your goals.
Submit Your Portfolio
Applicants to Russell Sage College’s BFA programs should also submit a portfolio of their work. This might sound intimidating, but don’t worry. You have options!
- If you have a portfolio that’s ready to submit, great! Submit it online at sagearts.slideroom.com.
If you don’t have a portfolio, or you don’t feel your portfolio is ready, that’s okay. You can join Russell Sage College’s Art + Design department as a pre-art major for your first year. You’ll take the same foundation courses the rest of the students take. Then, at the end of your first year:
- Submit your portfolio with the foundation-year work you just made.
- Or, if you have at least a 3.0 average in your six foundation studio courses, the portfolio requirement will be waived.
More information about what to include in your portfolio and how to submit it is available at sagearts.slideroom.com.
Russell Sage College’s BFA program in Graphic + Media Design will prepare you for a career in graphic design, illustration, web design, motion graphics and video. Our curriculum includes coursework, internships and a capstone project and is based on industry-recognized standards for professional designers. You will graduate with the skills, confidence and business savvy to succeed in the visual communication field.
Russell Sage College’s Visual Arts programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190. 703-437-0700.