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Graphic Design Major

As a graphic designer, you create the face of businesses, media, advertising, and endless other fields that rely on their artistic talents. It's important work. As a graphic design major, you gain highly valuable skills and develop strategies for creative problem solving that relate to the numerous specialized fields of graphic design and beyond. At Parkside, you have ample opportunities to work with real clients in a classroom setting while learning real-world experiences with the guidance of faculty.

Within the Parkside Art Department, you take courses both in studio art and courses specific to the graphic design discipline, such as typography and layout.

Contemporary graphic design is a multi-faceted activity where students select from a broad range of courses from the rich history of traditional print media and package design to the modern era of web design, digital art, and video.

Learn more about the Art Department.

Marketing, Creative Services and additional departments offer students the opportunity to work with university clients on a myriad of projects, including posters, brochures, banners, and advertisements.

Graduates from the graphic design major are employed in a variety of businesses and organizations. From agency-style marketing communication firms to business advocacy groups, designers are in demand. The major also prepares students for graduate studies and careers that require skills in creative problem solving, sophisticated visual communication, and independent thinking.

Art Club is the campus student organization that encourages a variety of student-directed events including a visiting artist series and an annual juried student exhibit to foster a greater awareness and participation in the visual arts. Learn more about Student Organizations.



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Faculty Highlights

  • Lisa Marie Barber
    Associate Professor, Ceramics & Foundations

    "The majority of my ceramic work, often formatted as figures within dense environments, portrays how I wish to understand people in the world. I strive to create worlds composed of multiple, individualized parts, meant to be celebratory, shrine-like collections. Within them, the human is presented as a passive being, aware of life's weight, yet confident in its value. Often, the figures are children. Chosen for their purity of being, I use children as models of simplistic, unalienated living. To me, they represent a connection to the world that can be simultaneously awkward and full of possibility. In addition to these large-scale sculptures and installations, I also create series of paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works in the forms of quilts and assemblage sculpture. These works explore similar themes, as well as divergent subject matter."

  • Kristen Bartel
    Assistant Professor, Printmaking, Photography, & Foundations

    "Originally from the Southern U.S., I currently live and work in Racine, Wisconsin. As an artist invested in contemporary print-media with a strong background in traditional printmaking, my practice remains firmly rooted in multiplicity and duplication- always seeking the most efficient methods in creating and broadcasting ideas. I combine traditional print techniques with drawing, video, photography and digital media as a means to conceptual ends. I am currently interested in the impact of our culture on the Western Landscape- looking at the large and small implications of the American Dream."

  • Trenton Baylor
    Associate Professor, Sculpture

    " My work is inspired by both the young seedlings growing in the backyard and machinery that hums, rumbles, shifts, and glides. I developed a love of nature as a young boy while helping my mother in her garden, and I am certain that the many trips South in the passenger seat of my father's semi-truck account for my interest in machinery. It has been these experiences throughout the years that have shaped my aesthetic. As an aesthetic element, nature is alluded to in the surface coloration, forms, organic transitions, and natural materials. In contrast, the use of machine-made parts, polished surfaces, steel, aluminum, and hard edges connote the mechanical. In combination these two opposing visual elements contrast and complement each other in a way that requires a delicate balance."

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