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Graphic Design Major

What is Graphic Design?

Graphic design is the process of creating visual solutions for communication. Graphic designers use art and technology to design and visually communicate a message to a targeted audience.

What type of career can I look forward to with a Graphic Design degree?

Graphic designers can find employment in a variety of fields and industries working as a:

  • Graphic Production Artist
  • Pre-Press Production Artist
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Communication Specialist
  • Advertising Account Manager
  • Marketing Manager
  • Publication Manager
  • Web Designer
  • Interface Designer
  • Package Designer

 

What makes Walsh's Graphic Design program unique?

The graphic design curriculum at Walsh is a pre-professional program that works to prepare our students to pursue careers in visual communication design professions. Students learn the current technology used in design and develop creative problem solving abilities for real-world projects. Walsh provides a solid education in graphic design with personalized attention. Emphasis is placed on a strong design foundation, design ethics, interdisciplinary projects, and design research. Students become technically competent and well-versed in global conversations and issues, and are prepared to address these issues with the creative solving skills of a designer. Students complete a professional portfolio.

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

Our program includes a core set of classes that introduces students to graphic design as a field and a number of classes where students can pursue their individual career and academic interests. Within the courses on graphic design, students study design, typography, conceptualization, graphic design theory, art and design history, as well as the technology and its various applications used in design.

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available with a Graphic Design major?

As a part of the major, students are required to complete two internships to gain professional experience. The first internship allows students to gain experience with a working graphic designer, and the second internship is a service learning experience where students can further develop their skills at a non-profit or service organization.

Who can I contact for more information?

Dr. Mark Rogers, Chair, Division of Humanities
(330) 490-7154
mrogers@walsh.edu