Graphic Design

Graphic Design is a creative and inspiring process that combines art and technology to communicate ideas and information visually from client to audience. Rooted in traditional art and design foundations, the focus of the Graphic Design curriculum is to educate and inform students of the impact design can make through the exploration of diverse problem-solving methodologies, innovative investigations, and creative research in all forms of visual communication.  Through their studio work, Graphic Design majors will address issues stressing social and cultural awareness, integration of new technology, and sustainable practices while being prepared to enter into the evolving creative industry.

Your experience at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will be like no other. Small class sizes, renowned faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and a community that supports creativity are sure to fuel your creativity! Students experience a variety of challenging and creative courses both within the graphic design major and as electives. Studio arts, media studies, communication and marketing all complement the graphic design degree.  


Bachelor of Art in Graphic Design


In addition to the University Core Curriculum, the following courses are required for the BA in Graphic Design:

  • ARTS 1303 - Art History Survey I
  • ARTS 1304 - Art History Survey II
  • ARTS 1311 - Design I
  • ARTS 1316 - Drawing I
  • ARTS 2356 - Photography 1 -OR-
    ARTS 2333 - Printmaking 1
  • GRDS 1301 - Foundations of Graphic Design
  • GRDS 1302 - Typography I
    • *Lower-Level Program Review
  • GRDS 2301 - Historical Perspectives of Graphic Design
  • GRDS 2302 - Design Studio
  • GRDS 2303 - Concept & Making
    • *Upper-Level Program Review
  • GRDS 3301 - Typography II
  • GRDS 3303 - Design Experience & Awareness
  • GRDS 3304 - Publication Design
  • GRDS 3305 - Packaging Design
  • GRDS 3306 - UI/UX
  • GRDS 3310 - Client Solutions
  • GRDS 4304 - Emerging Technologies
  • GRDS 4309 - Design in Advertising
  • GRDS 4310 - Portfolio and Professional Practices
  • GRDS 4399 - Internship

The BA in Graphic Design degree is a 4-year sequenced curriculum that cannot be expedited. Students undergo a formal review of their creative coursework in order to enroll in additional courses. Discerning admission into the major ensures elevated professionalism of program graduates. There are two reviews a student will encounter during their matriculation. The lower-level review occurs when the student completes their first year of coursework. The upper-level review occurs after the student completes their first semester of the junior (3rd) year. Requirements include a portfolio review of coursework completed in GRDS classes and a prescribed questionnaire or reflexive essay. For more information about the UL review, contact your faculty advisor. 

Elective Coursework
18 hours of elective coursework in your area of interest is provided. Students are encouraged to choose electives that complement their career path. Courses in fine artmarketingmedia production and communication are a few disciplines which are popular among students. 

In addition to the required coursework above, students are encouraged to participate in our internship program during their junior and senior years. Internships are for course credit and count as an upper-division elective. Assistance in attaining internship positions is provided. Ongoing internships are typically available with local publications, non-profit organizations, city offices, advertising agencies, video production companies, tourists attractions, small businesses and large corporations.

A number of academic scholarships are available to students who apply. Typically, a minimum GPA of 3.0 as well as a portfolio of recent work is required for application. Awards range from $500 to $2,000 per semester. Ask your faculty advisor how to apply! 


Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design


The M.F.A. in Studio Art is designed to enable students to develop superior graphic design proficiency, knowledge of higher education pedagogy and practices, and an in-depth understanding of art history and criticism. The Master of Fine Arts degree is sufficient for independent study or a career in higher education post-graduation. 


All students must complete with a grade of “B” or better and a total of 60 semester hours in art. Students will take a minimum of ten courses (30 semester hours) in graphic design. Students may choose a minor study area in studio art from among painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, ceramics, and sculpture.

Periodic Critique
The major studio work of each student will be critiqued by the Department of Art + Design faculty after the completion of 18 semester hours; subsequent faculty reviews of major studio work will occur each semester. See the graduate handbook for specific information regarding these critiques.

Exit Requirements
Each student must prepare a professional one-person M.F.A. exhibition and thesis paper that must be reviewed favorably by the graduate faculty. Passing an oral comprehensive examination administered by the graduate faculty is also required before the degree may be awarded. The oral comprehensive examination may be repeated once. A second failure will result in termination from the program.

Teaching assistantships are required of graduate students once they have completed 18 semester hours in their major area of study. Prior to teaching, students will be mentored by their faculty.


Student Work

Faculty & Staff

Miller "TSA 25 Waterful Years"
Miller "TSA 25 Waterful Years"

Nancy Miller, M.F.A.
Graphic Design Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor

Office: BH 224B
Phone: 361-825-2865

Faculty Bio

Hempstead "Stickly-Prickly and Slow-Solid, A Pop-Up Adventure"
Hempstead "Stickly-Prickly and Slow-Solid, A Pop-Up Adventure"

Andrea Hempstead, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor

Office: BH 224C
Phone: 361-825-2380

Faculty Bio

Canchola "Typography"
Canchola "Typography"

Alexandria Canchola, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor

Office: BH 224A

Faculty Bio


Joshua Duttweiler, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor

Office: BH 221

Faculty Bio