Graphic Design - University of Houston
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Cheryl Beckett
Associate Professor
Program Coordinator
Office: Fine Arts, 302D

The Graduate Program in Graphic Design at the University of Houston promotes advanced research in graphic design and critical theory. Personal investigations converge cultural, social, historical, methodological and/or technological ideas within a graphic design context. Students define an area of specific interest and concentrate their research and development on this new direction. Students and advisors work together to push the boundaries of theory and practice.

The graduate program brings together students from a variety of places and backgrounds. This group is a vital component to the program, with each graduate informing and extending to others their areas of knowledge and interest. Additional expertise, support and opportunities are available through the strong design undergraduate program, a wide range of university programs and distinguished faculty, and from Houston itself, a large and dynamic city with a thriving arts community. We encourage our graduates to extend their conceptual base beyond the graduate studio and investigate these other avenues.



Design students engage with design and community leaders through lectures, social gatherings and interdisciplinary project collaboration. The Graphic Design program is well supported by UHGAP, an outstanding alumni organization, whose goal is to provide additional educational and scholarship opportunities for students. 

On average the design area brings in five visiting artist, critics, curators or arts professionals each semester. Through lectures, critiques, workshops and site-specific projects, students are exposed to a variety of artistic perspectives and provided first hand experience into professional art making practices. 

Student Work



The Graphic Design Program is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Building adjacent to the Arts & Technology Center. Students accepted into the block program have 24-hour access studios and labs. Seniors and Graduates have dedicated individual studios with areas for collaborative work, critique and craft.

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Image Credit, Top: Hibah Osman; Bottom: Virginia Patterson.