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.

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Communicate 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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Art Directors

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

Graphic Designers

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

Web Developers

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

Employment

A survey found that 100 percent of Graphic Design majors from the Class of 2017 were either employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation.

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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)
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Minor in Graphic Design (22 Credit Hours)
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Faculty

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Mr. David Boelter
Professor of Art
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Ms. Mary Mello-Nee
Professor of Art
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Mr. Daniel Seman
Instructor of Graphic Design and Animation
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