Katie Crawford, Graphic Designer

Graphic Design Concentration, Bachelor of Arts

Carlow University offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a concentration in graphic design requiring 52 credits that lead to a professional design portfolio.

Become a well-rounded, skilled graphic designer

Through this concentration, students master the use of visual concepts by developing creative and critical thinking skills, problem solving skills and technical proficiency of design programs like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Students also learn best business practices for corporate or self-marketing freelance pursuits.

Before graduating, students compile and refine a portfolio. Instructors advise students individually to showcase each students’ unique style. With a professional portfolio, students are prepared for entry-level employment within the design and advertising fields.


See the course catalog for more detailed course information.


Graphic design job opportunities

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which measures labor market activity in the U.S. economy, employment of graphic designers is projected to grow 3% through 2028. Options for employment include:

  • Specialized design services/agencies
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Marketing and Communications

Some students have pursued careers with art guilds, county offices or have become exhibiting artists. 



Apply online at no cost or contact admissions

With rolling admissions, students can apply throughout the year. Students are encouraged to complete the application by March 15 of their senior year due to small class sizes and competitive scholarships to assure maximum consideration for admission. Financial aid and scholarships are available.

Contact admissions with questions.