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.

AIGA (The Professional Organization for Design) The goal of this student group is to foster student involvement in the local design community, provide professional opportunities, and help students build leadership skills that will be valuable as they move into the professional world.

Learn more about Student Organizations.



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