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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art - Graphic Design

Matt Zumbo has been creating artwork since 1973. Some of his clients include Simon and Schuster, Doubleday Books, Chemical Bank and Omni Magazine. He is well-known for his science fiction and fantasy illustrations, including covers for the "Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman" series by Walter M. Miller, Jr. and for Anne Logston's fantasies "Greendaughter" and "Wild Blood." Matt Zumbo, - Graphic Design - BFA, 1976 - http://www.mattzumbo.com/  

A degree in Graphic Design prepares students for careers employed in the art-related fields of working as independent designers, advertising, communications and design, and for graduate art study.

A Graphic Design degree provides opportunities for students to develop the creative problem solving and visual criticism skills that are needed in today's design environment. Students completing the graphic design option will find jobs in computer-aided design, desktop publishing, promotional print publications, identity programs, packaging, and signage/information systems.


Possible Careers

  • Independent Artists
  • Advertising Designer
  • Print Designer
  • Computer-aided design
  • Desktop-publishing
  • Promotional print publications
  • Identity programs, packaging
  • Signage/information systems

     

    Why Choose Graphic Design at WIU?

    The curriculum consists of foundation courses in drawing and design; specialized courses in areas ranging from sculpture and painting to printmaking, jewelry, graphic design, and computer imaging; portfolio review; and a series of courses in the history of art, from ancient civilization through the modern age. Facilities on campus include buildings for two- and three-dimensional arts and a University Art Gallery featuring regional and national exhibitions throughout the school year.

    A dedicated faculty, small class sizes, and a strong rich history of artistic excellence makes Western an ideal place to study Graphic Design.

    • Our design faculty stress the ability to solve communication problems, and the ability to describe and respond to the audiences and contexts with practical design solutions.
    • Our BA and BFA programs stress the ability to create and develop visual form in response to communication problems, including an understanding of principles of visual organization/ composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics, and the construction of meaningful messages.
    • Our Foundation Design courses help students develop an understanding of tools and technology, of drawing, offset printing, photography, and time-based and interactive media (film, video, computer multimedia).
    • A low student-to-faculty ratio provides for many one-on-one learning experiences. Students are given opportunities to work directly with visiting artists, attend special workshops, and travel to major art centers.
    • An outstanding mix of dedicated actively exhibiting faulty is central to the reasons why one should consider studying Art at Western.
    Meet Some of Our Graduates
    • Matt Zumbo, - Graphic Design - BFA, 1976 - http://www.mattzumbo.com/
      Matt Zumbo has been creating artwork since 1973. Some of his clients include Simon and Schuster, Doubleday Books, Chemical Bank and Omni Magazine. He will well-known for his science fiction and fantasy illustrations, including covers for the "Saint Leibowitz and the Wild Horse Woman" series by Walter M. Miller, Jr. and for Anne Logston's fantasies "Greendaughter" and "Wild Blood."

    For more information, visit Degree Programs

At A Glance

  • Degree Available:
    • B.A.
    • B.F.A.
  • Major: Yes
  • Minor: Yes
  • Graduate Degree: No
  • Campus: Macomb
  • Study Opportunities:
    • GradTrac
    • Honors

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