Graphic Design — the art and practice of communicating with images and text — reaches a wide range of audiences through a variety of media and purposes, and carries the power to change the world.
The graphic design concentration offers a comprehensive study of graphic design applied to a variety of media, including print and web/interactive. Graphic design courses help you develop skills in conceptual and critical thinking, typography, design theory and design technologies. Learn to create clear and effective communication as well as explore individual interests and aesthetic options.
The graphic design curriculum prepares you to enter the workplace immediately or to apply to graduate school. All students develop a professional portfolio and BFA capstone project in their senior year. Two levels of required foundation courses establish a fundamental understanding of spatial relationships, color, balance, compositional tension, image making, computer skills, motion and rhythm.
This is a competitive and screened concentration, and interested students must apply to the program. Students in this concentration receive a Bachelors of Fine Art (BFA) degree. View degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
The graphic design program is equipped with two computer labs, housing state-of-the-art computers, Wacom Cintiqs and software for graphic design. A print center, located conveniently near labs for color or black and white prints, provides large format options. A letterpress shop, screen printing studio and laser cutting are also available through elective coursework.
"Designers have no native medium. As a teacher, I am in rooms with students experimenting and creating without preconceptions, which is the most engaging job I can imagine."
Ryan Shelly, Lecturer