Graphic Design | AUM

Graphic Design

Program Description

Combine your creativity with expertise much in demand in AUM’s Graphic Design concentration. You’ll spend most of your time getting practical, hands-on experience. Classes in drawing, digital photography, computer graphics, and typography will give you the technical mastery of the skills you’ll need to take a project from conception to completion. You’ll build a professional portfolio, and many AUM Graphic Design students get paid internships at firms like Stamp Idea Group in Montgomery that lead to permanent jobs after graduation.

Graphic Design is a concentration in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree.

Points of Pride

  • AUM Graphic Design students routinely submit their work to national and local shows and exhibitions and competitions, often earning top prizes.
  • A recent survey found that 90 percent of graphic design graduates were employed in the field of their choice.
  • Graphic design at AUM has its own studio space with state-of-the-art equipment.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A concentration in graphic design is excellent preparation for employment in a variety of fields.  Jobs in art and design are projected to grow by 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, adding an additional 16,700 jobs to the economy. At $43,110, the most recent median annual wage for art and design occupations was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Multimedia artist/animator

$63,630 per year

6% (3,900 more jobs)

Graphic designer

$45,900 per year

1% (3,600 more jobs)

Art director

$85,610 per year

2% (1,800 more jobs)

For More Information

Fine Arts Department
Auburn University at Montgomery
Goodwyn Hall 104

Soaring Warhawks

  • Brittany Roberson was the Outstanding Student for the Department of Fine Arts and the Chancellor's Scholar for the College of Arts and Sciences in Spring 2018. Ms. Roberson is currently the vice president of the Montgomery chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
  • Eric Fountain is a Merchandising Design Supervisor at Saks Fifth Avenue, Birmingham.
  • Anna Hudman is a Set Designer at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Fla.
  • Chris Mills is Art Director at Razorfish, Atlanta.
  • Jacob Pugh is Director of Marketing at MMI Outdoors, Montgomery.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Graphic Design major includes:

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

VISU 2702

Digital Foundations

Emphasis on skills needed to produce vector and faster-based graphics to solve problems in design and layout. Prerequisite VISU 1102.

VISU 2732

Design Techniques

Exploring color, grid and layout systems to solve graphic communication problems.

VISU 4732

Advanced Graphic Design

Implementation of design skills from previous design courses. Concentration on research, varying design approaches and final communication solutions.

VISU 3722

Typography 2

Exploring contemporary letterforms with emphasis on the creative use of type in a digital format.

VISU 4702

Interaction Design

Introduction to html, basic and advanced techniques of web design. Programming not required. Prerequisite VISU 2702.

VISU 4712


Motion graphics output to different formats, with emphasis on effective problem solving using professional processes.

VISU 4742

Advertising Art

Development of design strategies and solutions as they relate to marketing, branding, and advertising for products and services. Prerequisite VISU 3732.

VISU 3080

History of Graphic Design

A presentation of information regarding the social and cultural impact, artistic value and historical significance of graphic design worldwide.  

VISU 4982

Senior Project

A senior project culminating the Studio or Graphic Design emphasis under the direction of the student's concentration advisor in painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics or graphic design. The student will make a presentation of their artwork for review by the Fine Arts Faculty.