Graphic Design is the intersection of art and industry. Graphic designers communicate content in support of specific client needs using typography, image and color. You will be prepared for a career in commercial graphic design by developing proficiencies in critical thinking, problem-solving, application of technology and practical experience. Professional areas for you as a graphic designer include the design of brochures, catalogs, packaging, brand identity, wayfinding, exhibition, websites, interactivity, graphical user interfaces and advertising. Students interested in pursuing an emphasis in Graphic Design must participate in a secondary admissions review after completion of the Foundations Review.
BFA in Studio Art, Graphic Design Emphasis
Students may pursue a B.F.A. in Studio Art in this emphasis. The B.F.A. in Studio Art is designed for students interested in a professional degree in art or design. This degree will prepare students for a career as a professional artist or designer. Aside from Graphic Design, eight other Emphasis Areas are available to choose from in the B.F.A. degree.
BFA in Art Education and Graphic Design Emphasis
Students may also pursue a BA or BS Degree in Art Education with a concentration in Graphic Design.
Students are encouraged to coordinate typography, image, symbol, and color to communicate information, meaning, and thought-provoking ideas. The design faculty conscientiously prepares majors for the realities of a design career through technological proficiency, analytical versatility, and practical experience necessary for the competitive and diverse opportunities that lay ahead of them. Our well-equipped facilities allow design students to gain expertise in designing for print production and web environments.
AIGA: Grand Valley
AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As a student group, we seek to get as many students involved in the design community as possible. We meet 3-4 times a month and offer a variety of activities from screen printing, hosting skill-shares, curating exhibitions, and discuss current inspirations. Outside of our meetings, we try to attend conventions, local lectures and other area design events. We try to involve as many emphasis areas as possible in order to break down barriers and share new ideas. The meetings are open to anyone with a love for, interest in, or curiosity about the wonders of graphic design.
Prospective Students are invited to attend one of the High School Student Receptions, held throughout the academic year. Receptions follow the Laker Experience Days.
For questions about the Graphic Design area, please contact:
Graphic Design Coordinator
1119 Calder Arts Center