The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design is for those who plan to be practicing artists and want a career in the graphic design field. The program provides broad study in foundation courses, starting with basic exercises in composition, abstraction and communication.
Students gain proficiency with hand skills and computer technology and work intensively using both traditional and state-of-the-practice graphic computer methodologies. In intermediate graphic design courses, students work with posters, page layout and logo design challenges. Students gain technical expertise while learning critical problem-solving skills in upper-level courses. Field trips to design studios, print production sites, and guest lectures by professional designers are part of the curriculum.
The Francis Lockwood Bailey Graphic Design Studio is located in the Sawyer Fine Arts Center. The graphic design facilities feature state-of-the-industry Apple computers with the latest software upgrades, scanners and printers. A second computer lab in Reichhold Hall is equipped with new 24-inch iMac computers along with a scanner, projector and laser printer. Here, video, photography and graphic design students can use specialty programs such as Final Cut and the Adobe Creative Suite to create professional quality projects and gain experience using the programs they will depend on in their careers. Along with all art studios on campus, the graphic design studios are accessible to students 24 hours a day.