In addition to the core design classes, the visual communication major offers specialized classes in design topics such as illustration, printmaking, advanced photography and publication design for print and digital media.
Many of our graduates are working in creative positions in the publishing, advertising, and media industries, as art directors, producers, design directors and account executives. Some of our other graduates have gone on to teaching positions at respected schools in the region. Our graduates are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to work:
in design companies as creative designers involved in problem finding and problem-solving visual solutions involving logos, corporate identity, posters, information graphics, brochures and book design
in advertising companies of creative departments as visualizer/graphic designers of advertisements, corporate identity, promotions and graphic presentations
in in-house design departments of the government or the public sector as graphic designers, art directors, design coordinators, and publicity and promotion designers of company communications, information graphics and corporate identity
as freelance designers for individuals or organizations requiring specialist graphic design solutions, and image and concept generation
Our graduates should also have a working knowledge of illustration, photography, printmaking, image making, time-based media, web design, and typography. These are also potential areas of concentration for the degree program. Our students leave the program with a detailed portfolio of their work that demonstrates their particular skills and knowledge related to the practice of visual communications.
Our program of study in the Department of Art and Design builds on strong traditions of visual experimentation and professional preparation and focuses on the complexities of the design process and strategic thinking.
Our majors in design management, multimedia design, and visual communication are built around a series of studios that help our students grasp the essential elements of design: text, color, image, motion, material, media and message.
Our emerging designers learn to create alternative responses to changing contexts. As producers of objects, communications, and environments, our students define, enhance and transform the world around them. While our courses provide our students with expertise in design, they also give our students a breadth of understanding of other disciplines. Our curriculum emphasizes experiential learning in the studio and encourages our students to work closely with faculty to become proficient conceptual thinkers and creative problem solvers.
Our students acquire a solid foundation in design and are well prepared for contemporary professional practice. Upon graduation, they can enter the workforce as design professionals and contribute to the future direction of regional design and visual culture.
We attract award-winning faculty members from diverse academic, cultural and geographic backgrounds. Our faculty members are active in the regional arts scene and their work is widely exhibited in the region and beyond.