Graphic Design

The graphic design and visual communication major prepares students to practice graphic design professionally in print, interactive, and motion design. Students focus on critical thinking and discovery through the process of problem solving to creatively solve design challenges.

Communication visually

Graphic design curriculum begins with courses in the art of design core, which consists of theory, art history, and foundational studio disciplines. Students then move on to taking courses in typography, graphic design, printmaking, interactive design, and motion graphics design. Experimentation in various mediums is encouraged and supported. Graduates can seek jobs in:

  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Design Strategist
  • Environmental Graphics Designer
  • Data Visualization Specialist
  • Interaction Designer
  • Junior/Senior Designer
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Producer/Production Manager
  • Typography Designer
  • User Experience/Interface Designer
  • Web Developer

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The median annual wage for art directors was $89,760 in May 2015 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The median annual wage for graphic designers was $46,900 in May 2015 according to the Bureau Labor of Statistics.

The median annual wage for web developers was $64,970 in May 2015 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Creative Spaces Abound

Our students take advantage of it all!

Join us and call the art studios your home away from home! The dedicated studios are large, contemporary, and versatile. Here is a taste of what our students get to experience in our studios:

  • Metal Shop - MIG, TIG, ARC, and oxy-acetylene welders, a plasma cutter, dry cut saws, band saw, and sand blasting.
  • Ceramics – Mixing clay, formulating and applying glazes, kiln firing, electric and kick wheels, plus extruders and slab rollers.
  • Woodshop - Band saw, table saw, panel saw, radial arm saw, sliding compound miter saw, lathe, laser drill press, sanding station, and many hand tools.
  • Painting – flexible space with many easels and taborets along with custom mixing of pigments for oil, acrylic, and encaustic paints.
  • Printmaking - four high-end intaglio and lithograph presses, including lithography stones.
  • Mac Lab - Mac computers with large monitors, loaded with the most recent version of Adobe CS, several digital scanners, color laser printers, large format printers, and an archival printer.
  • Gallery Spaces – Two different gallery spaces with customizable lighting and digital projection capabilities.

Internships

  • Levi Strauss & Co
  • Beyond Imagination Marketing Strategies
  • Woodland Park Zoo
  • Iowa Arts Council

Careers

  • Strategic America, Assistant Account Manager
  • Lessing-Flynn, Senior Graphic Designer
  • Avidity Creative, Owner/Creative Strategist
  • Wild Rose Casino & Resort, Graphic Designer

Graduate School

  • University of South Carolina
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Wichita State University

Major in Graphic Design (58 credit hours)

Visual Art and Design Core (24 credit hours)

  • ARTD 180 Art Foundations: Drawing
  • ARTD 185 Art Foundations: 3D Design
  • ARTD 190 Art Foundations: Digital Design
  • ARTD 195 Portfolio Review
  • ARTD 240 Visual Literacy and Criticism
  • ARTD 250 Life Drawing
  • ARTD 280 Business of Art
  • ARTD 304 Critical Issues in Modern and Contemporary Art
  • ARTD 492 Art and Design Capstone
  • ARTD 493 Art and Design Practicum

Major Courses (30 credit hours)

  • ARTD 260 Typography
  • ARTD 301 Ancient through Roman Art History
  • ARTD 302 Early Christian through Mannerism Art History
  • ARTD 303 Baroque to Modern Art
  • ARTD 340 Introduction to Printmaking or ARTD 342 Experimental Printmaking
  • ARTD 350 Graphic Design
  • ARTD 355 Interactive Design
  • ARTD 360 Motion Graphics
  • ARTD 415 Studio Production II or ARTD 470 Advanced Studio I
  • ARTD 495 Internship

6 credit hours from

  • ARTD 320 Sculpture
  • ARTD 470 Advanced Studio I
  • ARTD 472 Advanced Studio II
  • COMM 230 Business and Professional Communication
  • DIGI 102 Media Studio: Video and DIGI 103 Media Studio: Audio
  • STPR 230 Public Relations Strategies
  • DIGI 300 Legal and Ethical Perspectives
  • DIGI 301 Advanced Digital Photography
  • MRKT 306 Principles of Marketing
  • MRKT 355 Consumer Behavior

Minor in Graphic Design (22 credit hours)

  • ARTD 180 Art Foundations: Drawing
  • ARTD 185 Art Foundations: 3D Design
  • ARTD 190 Art Foundations: Digital Design
  • ARTD 240 Visual Literacy and Criticism
  • ARTD 304 Critical Issues in Modern and Contemporary Art

9 credit hours from

  • ARTD 250 Life Drawing
  • ARTD 260 Typography
  • ARTD 350 Graphic Design
  • ARTD 355 Interactive Design
  • ARTD 360 Motion Graphics
  • ARTD 470 Advanced Studio I
  • ARTD 472 Advanced Studio II

Faculty

Ms.   Mary  Mello-Nee

Mary Mello-Nee

Associate Professor of Art

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Mr.   David  Boelter

David Boelter

Associate Professor of Art

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Ms.   Miranda  Pollock

Miranda Pollock

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

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