Challenge your imagination and define your point-of-view with techniques and tools that will last a lifetime. The Fine Arts curriculum is designed to spark progressive thinking, promote social justice and cultural diversity, and celebrate the processes of art-making.

Major in Design

The program integrates coursework in graphic design, digital media design, and environmental design into a dynamic interdisciplinary studio concentration. By practicing design in an expanded field, students gain comprehensive experience with a wide range of process-oriented skills, including conceptual development, visual rhetoric, formal experimentation, and critical thinking.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • apply skills to generate design work through methodologies of process, production, and experimentation
  • synthesize design research and scholarship in history, theory, and criticism
  • demonstrate fluency with diverse media and their accompanying technologies, along with the ability to accommodate new technologies as they emerge
  • articulate the role of design and the function of the designer as a leader in the social, cultural, and political landscape
  • engage in the practice of design professionalism and collaboration

Design as Activism

In our Design Activism Service Learning course, students critically examine pressing issues to become designers who have the potential to become positive agents of change. Students choose a social issue and work through a critical design process to serve partner organizations, engage with the community, and advocate awareness for it.

Beyond the Classroom

Graphics Center
The Graphics Center is a unique on-campus student-run organization that designs posters, flyers, banners, t-shirts, brochures, and more for clubs, faculty, and departments on campus. Students are paid for their work and gain valuable experience working with clients and partners as a small design firm.

Members of USF’s AIGA student chapter gain additional skills needed to move into the professional design world by participating in workshops, field trips, lectures, exhibitions, and other events both on campus as well as within larger communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. AIGA is the leading professional design organization in the country, our student club serves as an entry point to the profession on a national level.

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