The graphic design department goes beyond the traditional division between Web and print design to give students a cross-media skill set that adapts to context, audience and participant input. Our rigorous approach to audience research, theory and conceptual problem-solving will help to position you as a thought leader in your chosen field. Our students are exposed to professional practices, concepts and skills required to build rewarding careers.
As students move through the program sequence they enhance their visual, artistic and technical skills, develop habits of professionalism and collaboration, sharpen their written and spoken communication abilities, participate in internships and build their portfolio in preparation for starting their careers. Students choose internships that provide quality professional experience in real-world settings.
Students master a wide range of applications including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and more. Software knowledge is balanced with essential hand skills such as drawing, painting, collage, model-making and experimental processes.
A thorough grounding in typography is provided by a four-semester sequence in the core curriculum. Type is investigated from micro to macro through classic and experimental typography, complex typographic systems and letterpress experiences. Image-making skills are developed in a range of digital and hand processes, from photographic to non-traditional tools. Interactive electronic media are incrementally and fluidly integrated into all courses, and an upper-level three-course sequence focuses on sound, motion, narrative, multimedia and information architecture.
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Graphic Design Faculty
Maura Cluthe, assistant professor of illustration and acting chair of graphic design
An impressive collection of stripey socks, funky watches, bottlecaps and vintage robots are just a few things that make up the world of...Read More
Kelly Ludwig, assistant professor
Kelly Ludwig has been designing professionally since graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.F.A. degree in visual...Read More
Paul Diamond, lecturer
Paul Diamond is co-founder and co-creative director of DMH in...Read More
Emmy Rice, visiting assistant professor
Emmy Rice started her teaching career at a high school in Marseille, France, and has spent the past five years teaching...Read More
Martin Venezky, Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design
Martin Venezky first gained renown in 1995 for the design of Speak magazine. With his firm Appetite Engineers, Venezky continues...Read More
Merrick Henry, lecturer
Merrick Henry joins the graphic design department after teaching at the Savannah College of Art Design from 2004-2014. His academic...Read More
Scott McCarthy, lecturer
As a Motion Graphics artist, Scott McCarthy continuously finds it exciting and rewarding to be in the field of motion graphics. “Every...Read More
Frank Norton, lecturer
Frank Norton is a designer and illustrator specializing in brand and identity development. He’s worked for Design Ranch in Kansas City,...Read More
Ian Tirone, lecturer
Ian Tirone has been a professional designer for six years. Starting his career at the world’s largest digital agency, VML, he...Read More