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DePaul Graphic Design named a top choice by GDUSA

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DePaul's graphic design program prepares graduates for implementing contemporary design skills. (Image courtesy of University Marketing and Communications)
DePaul has been named a Top Design School by Graphic Design USA ​ the fourth consecutive year that the School of Design program has received the accolade. This places DePaul’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design program among the top 50 in the country. GDUSA is in its 58th year of publication and is a trusted source for professionals in the graphic design field.

“This recognition of DePaul’s program is an immense honor for the School of Design and a testament to our effectiveness in educating the future experts of the profession,” says Lee Zelenak, faculty member in the graphic design program.

GDUSA cites DePaul’s graphic design curriculum, award-winning faculty, internship opportunities and access to Chicago’s diverse design community as factors contributing to the ranking. The organization also noted design-related study abroad programs exploring Japan and Scandinavia that provide students with global insights for design practice as contributing factors. The program’s curriculum prepares graduates for implementing contemporary design skills within a wide range of interdisciplinary practices.

Earlier this year, two DePaul graphic design students received honors from the same publication. School of Design students Ellie Bradley and Tayvia Ridgeway were named in GDUSA’s Students to Watch for 2022. The annual feature profiles top future design professionals from around the country and highlights their backgrounds and passions in the field. When Bradley was asked whom she looks up to in her field, she told GDUSA it was her DePaul professors. 

“They have been a source of motivation and support during my years at DePaul, and I will always look up to them,” she says.

The School of Design within the College of Computing and Digital Media offers a BFA degree in graphic design, as well as graduate degrees spanning other areas of the design field. Creativity and service take precedence in the curriculum of all School of Design programs. For more information, visit

Konner Gross is a student intern in University Marketing and Communications.