Graphic Design | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Graphic Design

Explore the world of graphic design at MCAD, one of U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Graphic Design Schools.”

As a Graphic Design major, you will:

  • Learn to communicate ideas visually
  • Develop your own voice and produce original work
  • Sharpen your technical and conceptual design skills

MCAD Graphic Design graduates have gone on to positions at MTV, Target Corporation, Urban Outfitters, Motorola, Pentagram, and more.

Get a feel for the program:

FAQs

What type of graphic design will be taught?

Students will be introduced to the design process, including research, ideation, refinement, and implementation. Students will blend text and graphics to support a message while gaining technical skills in Adobe Creative Suite.

What software will I use for graphic design?

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign

What type of projects will I be working on?

Students will create diverse projects including logos, posters, branding systems, packaging, and more.

What other types of classes will be offered outside of my major class?

All students will take foundation classes in the morning and major classes in the afternoon. Foundation classes include art history and observational drawing.

 

Student Work: 

Graphic design student work featuring multiple images on a white wall. Rapper Tupac is featured in several images.

Graphic design student work featuring 5 colorful pages on a white wall and one colorful box on a white pedestal out front

Graphic design student work in black and white with yellow accents. Large text reads when I photograph I'm very focused on the spirit and the aura of a person over their beauty or aesthetic.

Graphic design student work featuring two pages on the wall and several booklets on a shelf out front.

Graphic design student work featuring two pages on the wall and several booklets on a shelf out front.

Graphic design student work featuring numerous warm colored pages displayed on a white wall

Graphic design student work featuring numerous colorful pieces on a white wall.

Graphic design student work featuring two pages on the wall in black and white. Left image is a figure and right image is text. Booklet in front relates to wall content.

Graphic design student work featuring three wall pieces with figures and text reads "leave me be," "freedom," and "unity"

Graphic design student work featuring two pages on the wall and several booklets on a shelf out front.