The Graphic Design Major offers students an introduction to and basic training in the technology and theory in visual communication and design. Related fields include but are not limited to: print and screen based design; typography; graphic design production, print related media design and production, including but not limited to corporate and institutional communication; advertising design and marketing related fields including introduction to branding and corporate identity; information design; packaging design and layout; freelance. At the conclusion of the program, graphic design majors should have basic understanding and skill sets to be successful interns, entry level graphic production artists, and entry level designers. The Graphic Design program emphasizes studio and design skills as well as creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Additional requirements including Photography and Game Design provide opportunities and training to deepen Graphic Design majors’ experiential, technical, interactive and collaborative skills, as well as provide wider exposure to visual and design related fields.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing the major in Graphic Design will be able to:
- Engage in the design process to produce the most effective solutions in both visual communication and the studio arts.
- Use a variety of computer software and hardware to expand technical knowledge of graphic and studio art production for print and web.
- Study typography to gain an appreciation for the foundation of graphic design.• Present work in formal and informal group settings.
- Prepare for an entry-level position or graduate school program by preparing a professional-quality portfolio.