Graphic Design Alumni
Many of our graduates leave our program and go on to work on amazing projects. Below are some of our most recent alumni’s testimonials on their experiences with us and where they’re at now.
“San Jose State offers amazing programs and is taught by professors who have a deep knowledge, and real world understanding of design. The BFA program fosters smart design thinking and craft. You’ll graduate with the tools you need to thrive in the competitive field of design.”—Elise Granados, Design Manager, Airbnb
“The lessons I’ve learned from the BFA Graphic Design Program are invaluable and has helped shape who I am as a designer. The BFA program provides students the necessary skills AND grit to thrive in an ever competitive design industry. The program itself is intense and is not for the faint of heart but one comes out of it a better, stronger, and wiser designer. Proud and thankful to be an alumni of this program.” —Lorenz Ortiz, Senior Designer, Goodby Silverstein & Partners
“The BFA Graphic Design Program at San José State University provides students with a strong foundation of design. It offers a large collection of classes that touch multiple mediums: print, exhibition, and user experience. This program creates high quality design professionals that are battle tested for the competitive design field.” —Ron Catacutan, Senior Visual Experience (UI) Designer, ServiceNow
“The BFA Graphic Design program equipped me with the tools and connections that launched my career in the Silicon Valley. The program covered a broad range of skill sets–from branding/identity to product/UX design. I will always treasure the opportunity I was given to further my design studies in Europe. That experience along with my time throughout the program were significant in paving my professional creative path.”—Aurora Adkins, UX Designer, Alphabet
“The BFA Graphic Design program still stands as one of the most impactful experiences of my design career. Not only did I walk away with strong foundational skills and work ethic impressive to all employers, the program gave me an opportunity to explore an expansive range of design, allowing me to find what I was truly passionate working on. With world class faculty to support me, I discovered my strengths and refined my skills, ultimately preparing me to work with some of the world’s top companies and leading design thinkers.” —Cindy Tsui, Visual UX Designer, Google
“The Graphic Design program at San José State University provided me with the tools necessary to thrive in my career. This program helped me build a strong foundation as a designer as well as showed me how important the designer role is in everyday life. Take a look around—from the clothes you wear to the car you drive to this web page you’re reading from- they’re all touched by a designer. If you can dream it, you can design it.” —JP Tran, Senior Product Designer, Intuit
Following are some notable companies and studios our graduates go on to work at:
Alumni interested in staying connected should visit the SJSU GD Facebook Page.