Graphic Design

Design Classroom Group Work

About the Major

The Graphic Design major prepares students for creating print and electronic designs in a wide variety of organizations. The curriculum educates students in design methods, design theory, and creative problem solving, as well as visual and verbal literacy. An emphasis is placed on visual components: how humans communicate, perceive, interpret, and understand visual information.

Career Outcomes

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Where do students work after graduation?

Where do students work after graduation?

Job titles and employers for graduates reported within 6 months of graduation
Job Title Employer
Assistant Digital Media Coordinator I'm Changing The Narrative
Associate Creative Director Goodshop Badshop
Communications Specialist - Graphics OATI
Creative Tech Space150
Design and Content Associate Consequence Media
Design Assistant Lucky Bee Creative Studio
Developer Trainee Genesis 10
Digital Designer Super Studio
Digital Marketing and Designer Sanford
Enterprise Marketing Design Intern Sezzle
Freelance Graphic Designer Self-Employed
Graphic Design Intern Minnesota Twins
Graphic Designer Sezzle
Graphic Designer 3M
Graphic Designer and Photographer Minneapolis Ragstock Co.
Homepage Digital Content Designer Target
Interaction Designer Sezzle
Lead Digital Designer & Product Listing Coordinator Hat Shark
Marketing Designer Bright Cellars
Marketing Specialist Valley Community Credit Union
Multimedia and Web Associate University of Minnesota
Photographer Ali Buchstaber Photography
Project Management Associate Boom Lab
Quality Assurance Tester Activision Blizzard
UX Designer Spark Labs
Web Press Crewmember Schumann Printing Inc

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Where do students continue education after graduation?

Programs and schools students enrolled in after graduation
Program School
Information Technology Microsoft Military Spouse Technology Academy
Marketing Liberty University
Nursing University of Minnesota
Sports Product Design University of Oregon

Where students interned and gained experience during school

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 5 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 5 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Art Director Capsule
Color and Materials Designer Adidas
Content Production Coordinator, Graphic Design Insight News INC
Contract Graphic Novel Illustrator NTC Corporate
Creative Director PPI Sports
Digital Designer Target
Freelance Designer, Illustrator, and Animator Self-Employed
Graphic Designer Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC
Graphic Designer Perkins and Will
Graphic Production Designer ALPS, A DST Company
Independent Design Consultant Ellen Hughes Design, LLC
Junior Graphic Designer Industrial Fabrics Association International
Marketing and Creative Services Manager Grand Rapids State Bank
Marketing Communications Specialist YWCA Minneapolis
Multi Cultural Creative Lead Target
Product Development Specialist The LANG Companies, LLC
Product Manager PropertySimple
Senior Digital Designer 10 Thousand Design
Senior Graphic Designer 3M
Senior Presentation Specialist Carmichael Lynch
Senior Production Designer Target
Senior User Experience Designer & Consultant Best Buy
User Experience Designer eLumen, Inc.
Visual Communications Specialist AM Retail Group
Visual Designer Amazon
Web Designer Wisconsin HIstorical Society
Web Designer/Front-End Developer Carleton College

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Where are alumni 10 years after graduation?

Sampling of job titles and employers 10 years after graduation
Job Title Employer
Associate Creative Director Treefort
Brand Strategy Marketing Manager Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Creative Director Push Interactive
Designer AKQA
Designer & Front End Developer Bust Out Solutions, Inc
Digital Art Director Strother Communications Group
Director of Marketing Alchemy365
Director of Pixel Delivery Distill
Experience Design Lead Target
Freelance Graphic Designer Self-Employed
Graphic Designer, Artist, Blogger Self-Employed
Graphic Designer/Webmaster University of Minnesota
Illustrator Self
Lead ACD - Style Target
Marketing Communications Specialist Ivystone Group LLC
Operations Manager: University Imaging Centers University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Partner + Creative Director btd brand
Principal Graphic Designer Nordstrom
Print Production / Graphic Design Minuteman Press
Senior Designer & Art Director Life Time Creative
Senior Graphic Designer Element Creative
Senior Writer / Producer CNN Creative Marketing
Sr. Product Designer Target
Sr. Web Developer Three Deep Marketing
UX Designer Best Buy
Visual Merchandising Experience Partner Next-Gen Experience Spaces Target
Web Designer and Drupal Developer Self-Employed

Full outcomes report including salary, locations, satisfaction, and more

Common Entry-Level Job Titles

  • Graphic Designer
  • Information/Data Visualization Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • User Experience Designer
  • Web Designer

Top Employers

  • 3M
  • Broadhead Co.
  • Cards Against Humanity
  • Hunt Adkins
  • KNOCK, Inc.
  • Riley Hayes
  • Sezzle
  • Space150
  • Target
  • University of Minnesota

Types of Employers

  • Advertising agencies
  • Design firms
  • Educational institutions
  • For-profit organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations

Additional Resources

In addition to these resources we recommend the following strategies to locate more information about careers related to your major:

  • O*NET and Careerwise. These tools provide comprehensive information about a wide range of careers including typical duties, salaries, employment outlook, skills and interests.
  • Locate professional associations related to your major or career interests by conducting a Google Search on “(Name of major/career area/industry) professional associations.” Try these keywords: graphic, design, marketing
  • Get involved in one of the many industry-related student groups on campus. These groups provide links to experiences, guest speakers, and discussion with like-minded students.
  • Study Abroad Information for Graphic Design