Careers in Graphic Design

Careers in Graphic Design

Access to professional internships helps unlock the future

Digital Arts & Graphic Design Careers List
Digital Arts & Graphic Design Careers List

Thanks to the professional network of our faculty and the fact that Santa Fe is the second-largest art market in the US, the Career Services staff spends their time developing new connections to make sure that you get hands-on experience before you leave campus. Basically, we want to make sure you’re hot stuff before you graduate – and that means working in the industry.
Our students have worked almost anywhere you can think of: from designing newspaper and magazine covers to posters and promotions, doing designs for bands and musicians, and logos for film use. They’ve worked in marketing firms in larger companies, independent book publishers and everywhere in between. For BFA students, your internship is a requirement before you graduate. You get the point: we want you working.

When you choose SFUAD for your design education, you’re not just choosing Santa Fe, NM – you’re choosing Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. We have active design relationships across the country, and we send students every year for summer terms and semester stays working in the industry. In the past year, we’ve placed students on the Disney lot in LA, with animation companies and design firms in Chicago, and newspapers and production companies in New York City. We now also have a relationship with Dream Careers, which can send you worldwide for your intern experience. We believe in Santa Fe Without Borders so that you can custom-make your arts education to exactly what fits you best. SFUAD gives you all the tools you need to start your career in Graphic Design.

Graphic Design Careers List:

  • Typography Designer
  • Book / Magazine Designer
  • Label / Cover Designer: Book, CD, Video
  • Sports Branding Designer
  • Publishing / Layout Designer
  • Corporate Branding / Identity / Logo Designer
  • Image Editing
  • Illustrator
  • Sign Design
  • Package Design
  • Exhibition / Display Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Production Designer
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Production Artist
  • Promotional Materials Designer
  • Technical Artist
  • Multimedia Designer

Where to get a job in Graphic Design:

  • Corporate Media Departments
  • Publishing Houses / Newspapers / Magazines
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Design Firms
  • Corporate In-House Creative Departments
  • Department Stores
  • Motion Picture Studios
  • Internet Media Companies
  • Sign Shops
  • Sports Franchises
  • Public Relations Firms
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Museums / Galleries
  • Television Stations
  • Video Game Companies
  • App Designers and Animators


Every year, the design departments bring in professionals and designers from across the industry. Here’s a sampling of individuals who have visited in the past few years, and worked directly with our design students:

  • Miwa Matreyek (internationally recognized digital artist, animator, designer, and multimedia artist based in Los Angeles)
  • Pablo Calvillo (animated filmmaker: The Lego Movie, Ice Age 4, Mad Max 4, Happy Feet 2, Astroboy)
  • Phil Young (Disney animation veteran who has worked on movies such as The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Tarzan and many more).
  • Chris Allison (animator, Cartoon Network, Disney, Nickelodeon)
  • Deke Smith (full-time designer for RIDE snowboards and King Snow magazine; freelance designer for clients like Xbox and Nike)
  • Nastasha Bowdoin (graphic artist, recognized for paper-based and installation pieces)
  • Shepard Fairey (graphic designer, OBEY GIANT, Lez Zeppelin “Mothership” album cover, Obama “HOPE” poster)
  • Nuttaphol Ma (Thai-born L.A.-based multidisciplinary artist)
  • Alexis Gideon (animator/composer, best known for his Video Musics series of animated films)
  • Dickon Sire (web strategist and designer, Dsire design)
  • Susan Martin (LA and NYC marketing professional)
  • Pat Musick (calligrapher, 3D sculpture artist known for her environmental art, displayed throughout the US, Canada and Mexico.)