The goal of the Graphic Design program is to prepare you for a professional career in graphic design.
We seek to unify words and image, as well as explore typography, design principles, image manipulation, and message in a way that is both visually and psychologically stimulating. Our essential aim is to make written and visual information more accessible, useful, and interesting to the person who has to use such information to navigate an increasingly complex and diverse world.
Print design in the Graphic Design program ranges from logos to posters, brochures and billboards.
Projects in print design utilize an array of graphic design applications, including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Print design is integrated throughout our graphic design courses, though primarily taught in ARTS 215, 314 and 315. There are, in addition, independent study opportunities.
Our graphic design program culminates in the development of a printed and online portfolio that emphasizes your ability to communicate visually.
The overarching emphasis of the major is for our students to understand and utilize the principles of design to create effective and meaningfully designed works.
Developing the ability to use these principles purposefully is center to all assignments and critiques. The ability to communicate ideas visually—whether the medium is print, the Internet, multimedia or animation—animation is the primary consideration that art directors are looking for in graphic designers.
All faculty teaching these classes have a MFA degree, the terminal degree in art and design
There are two degree paths in the Print Design program:
- Bachelor of Arts - Graphic Design Option
- Bachelor of Fine Arts - Graphic Design Option
The following Program Study Plans will help you determine which classes are needed to complete a degree in a timely fashion:
As of fall 2011, all students entering the Graphic Design program are required to purchase a laptop and the Adobe Creative Suite for use in their Graphic Design courses.
Laptop and Software Requirement
- The Digital Art Studio is equipped with twenty iMac and MacPro computers using a dual boot system. Each is equipped with professional, industry-standard software for graphic designers, the full Adobe Creative Suite CS5 Master Collection. The master collection includes Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Premiere Pro and After Effects.
- The studio is also equipped with Hewlett Packard printers, scanners, digital cameras, digitalizing tablets and a digital projector. The digital art studio is 21’ x 45’ and located in Garwood Hall. All of the art facilities are a wireless environment.