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Graphic Design

Study principles of graphic design and collaborate with leading designers and renowned scholars to prepare for exciting careers in the creative industries.

Graphic Design – B.F.A. in Art, Graphic Design Emphasis

Students in the Graphic Design program at Montana State launch their studies with a series of core and foundation courses before passing a sophomore portfolio review to gain admittance as a full Graphic Design student in their junior and senior years. Graphic Design students develop a variety of professional and design skills that later translate into opportunities in advertising, publishing, marketing, public relations, user interaction and other creative-based industries. Over the past 30 years, graduates of the Graphic Design program at Montana State have been placed at in-house corporate design positions such as Adidas, Starbucks, Nike, K2 Skis and Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply, amongst others.

The Art major offers four additional Options Within the Major: Art Education K-12 Broadfield, Art History, Liberal Arts Studio and Studio Arts.



“That’s one of the great things about MSU – I have loved learning new things, which has added to my techniques […] I particularly have learned to take risks.”
— Jason Baide ’18, Art and Business 



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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.

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Italy Program
Each spring semester, the School of Art offers a program of study in Italy, which includes an intensive studio and art history experience against the backdrop of Etruscan tombs, Roman ruins and statue-filled Baroque fountains.

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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.




Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Graphic Design students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Advertising
  • Art Direction
  • Illustration
  • Marketing
  • UI/UX Design

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.