If you're creative, enjoy playing with visual ideas, and would like to pursue a career in commercial art—whether graphic design, illustration, animation, or photography—consider a graphic art major.
After building a foundation in drawing, photography, two- and three-dimensional design, and art history, you will . . .
- develop expertise in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
- study and apply principles of visual communication in project-based classes
- gain hands-on experience producing work for clients
- develop your artistic voice, while learning to harness it to communicate thoughts and ideas
Every graphic art major chooses one of the following concentrations:
Design: Careers in web, magazine, album, book, product, and ad design
- Study typography, branding, and design history.
- Learn best practices for layout, editorial, packaging, and web design.
- Experiment with different design styles and approaches.
Illustration: Careers in book, web, film, and comic illustration
- Study and practice how to tell stories visually.
- Learn storyboarding and character development techniques.
- Experiment with a variety of digital and tangible mediums, from water-based media to Adobe Illustrator.
- Develop drawing abilities through figure drawing and other advanced drawing classes.
Photography: Careers in magazine, studio, portrait, wedding, and journalistic photography
- Study history of photography.
- Learn film and darkroom techniques, along with the most current digital tools and practices.
- Practice portraiture, photojournalism, product and food photography, photo illustration, and experimental photography.
Every graphic art student completes a 120-hour (minimum) internship. Each senior compiles a professional portfolio that is showcased beside their best work at an exhibition in Metcalf Gallery.