Designers no longer exclusively design things. They design experiences, interactions, and lifestyles—they define culture. The Bachelor of Design programs will prepare students to become “lifestyle and experience designers”—designing innovative user/consumer products, experiences and lifestyle relevant solutions. Graphic and Experience designers plan, analyze, create, and evaluate visual solutions for a wide range of communication problems. Their work ranges from the development of strategies to solve large-scale problems to the design of effective communication products and experiences.

This degree program is a contemporary, future driven approach that integrates design thinking, making, processes, and methodologies with technology and programming, entrepreneurship and business strategies and management. Each concentration and subject area (Graphic Design, Experience Design, Interior Design, and Illustration) will establish a foundation for the student to transform into a unique, creatively charged, practice-ready professional concerned with how we communicate to consumers and to each other, the spaces we inhabit, the products we use and interact with, and the perception and interaction among people, objects and ideas.

Working within collaborative educational environments that mirrors the profession, students will create compelling real-world experiences between user and thing, occupant and space, and consumer and brand. They will understand how design can be used to communicate meaningful messages, craft functional and beautiful objects, create compelling experiences, influence behavior, and make our interactions more efficient and our communities more livable. Students will develop a perspective that is broad and powerful, learn to implement design strategies for more competitive and productive commercial and social enterprises, and understand how design can drive business decisions and entrepreneurial efforts.


Students are presented many opportunities to work in professional settings over the course of their degree, including local and regional design competitions, internships, client-driven work and study abroad.


Winthrop graphic design faculty are seasoned professionals with years of experience working in the industry and educating aspiring designers. Students gain practical experience throughout their studies with the guidance of our accomplished and recognized faculty.


“Winthrop’s arts program is tough, but it will prepare you for the world outside campus. The faculty truly care about your success, but you cannot simply rely on what you learn in the classroom. You need to experience new things on campus, meet new people, and put yourself out there. Truly live the liberal arts education rather than locking yourself away in the studio or practice room. You will be better for it!” – Class of 2012

  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) in Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) in Experience Design
  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) in Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Design (B.Des.) in Illustration
  • graphic designer
  • motion designer
  • illustrator
  • experience designer
  • creative director
  • web & interface designer
  • advertising designer
  • and more!

To apply for scholarships, a digital portfolio must be submitted for review. This competition is open to all students planning to pursue degrees in Design. Learn more


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