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EIU Department of Art + Design

Graphic Design


The BA or BFA in Art (Graphic Design Option) allows you to grow creatively while developing advanced artistic and technical skills in contemporary visual communication. You'll demonstrate and practice conceptual and practical skills through hands-on explorations in various print applications, web design, motion graphics, animation, video, photography, and typography.


Questions about our Graphic Design Program - contact our professors directly:



Graphic Design Program for Fall 2022

If you are a Graphic Design major (or "Pre-Graphic Design" major as designated in the current EIU catalog) pursuing the BA or BFA program, pre-reqs include: ART2910: Intro to Graphic Design
; ART1000 Drawing 1; ART1110 Design Fundamentals 2D; and ART1111 Design Fundamentals 3D; or transfer equivalents. However, if you are missing a course, we make exceptions on a case by case basis, so please feel free to contact us.

To declare a Graphic Design major, speak with your advisor. Alternately, email Dave Richardson ( or Samantha Osborne ( and express interest, and we will take it from there. There is no Selective Admissions process this year.


Professional skills culminate in a comprehensive creative visual portfolio in contemporary media that prepares you for direct entry into visual communications/graphic design positions upon graduation.


Our 54-credit BA in Graphic Design — for a 2+2 experience and a creative professional degree in visual commuciation design — has been designed to work well for most transfer students.


For Fall 2021–Spring 2022:
BA in Graphic Design (54 credits)  >

BFA in Graphic Design (78 credits) >

Or Minor in Graphic Design (18 credits) >

Graphic design students


"Everything from the inspirational faculty to the refreshing, creative space and tools of Doudna Fine Arts Center has allowed me to start and progress my career in graphic design."
—Adam Limanowski, Art Director at LLT-Group,
BFA Graphic Design '13


"Coming to Eastern as an adult re-entry student was one of the best decisions I ever made. Eastern made it easy for me to transfer my credits from my first university and gave me a clear path for me to earn a degree. Going to the Doudna building everyday was inspirational as well. I have fond memories of my time at Eastern and what I learned while there has been invaluable."
—Kathryn Faith, Los Angles-based graphic designer,
BFA Graphic Design '10

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Visit BLUEROOM Magazine, our student-operated and produced publication and student organization at EIU • Blue Room provides an exclusive experience to anyone who joins by giving a hands-on approach to real-life situations and problems seen in the field. Students have the ability to craft and participate in jobs needed such as designers, photographers, editors, journalists, and writers.


Graphic design students

Transfer Students (2+2)

If you are a transfer student interested in Graphic Design and would like assistance in any way, please email Dave Richardson, Associate Professor in Graphic Design, at, or Samantha Osborne, Assistant Professor, at We'd love to hear from you. We are happy to respond to any question you might have, and we look forward to having you in the program. We review each student on a case by case basis.




Graphic design show, and students in lab


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Doudna Fine Arts Center
600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920

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