Designing a good life

Graphic design alumnus Darrin Crescenzi, '07, took his Oregon State education to Manhattan and created the career he always dreamed of, including being named by FastCompany as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business. Read more about how he overcame obstacles to design projects like the personal logo of LeBron James and the uniforms for the American men’s Olympic basketball team in the Fall 2013 issue of the Oregon Stater.

Graphic Design at Oregon State

The mission of the graphic design program at Oregon State University is to prepare students to take an influential role in the variety of disciplines that constitute contemporary design practice. We achieve this through individual and collaborative investigations in visual communications, creative problem solving, professional practice, theory, history, culture, and the self. We strive to create an environment that continually motivates human beings to actively engage in exploring, inquiring, and contemplating the world around us. 

The program has gained recognition in Oregon and beyond as one of the top undergraduate graphic design programs in the Northwest, and continues to place graduates in top design studios and graduate programs around the country. The competitive program assures quality in both the students and the learning environment, with a curriculum that provides classes in new media and graphic design processes, and an innovative course on collaboration.

Future Students

Current Students

  • Use the general catalog to view courses offered in the program. A grade of C- or better is required in all courses within the major. Courses within the major may not be taken with S/U grading. 
  • Use a major sheet (pdf) to track your progress in completing course requirements.
  • Schedule an advising appointment.
  • Explore internship opportunities.

Additional Resources

Career Opportunities

Oregon State Career Services has useful information on what graduates can do with a degree in Graphic Design, including related skills, career planning information and possible careers such as:

  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Type Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Advertising Specialist
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Brand Specialist