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The Graphic Design program provides a sequenced curriculum structured to prepare students for successful transition into professional practice, designing communications for a wide range of traditional and digital delivery. Further, the program provides a solid foundation of traditional art experiences and design practices to build students’ ability to create dynamic visual designs. The design curriculum stresses essential competencies in conceptual problem solving, analysis and articulation, aesthetics, design theory, productivity, and the application of technology, all necessary for advanced exploration and entry into professional practice. The elective coursework provides students with concentrated study in specific specializations within design, which gives students the opportunity to craft their career goals by choosing among a range of print and digital deliveries. Graduating portfolios represent a rich experience in print design, branding, packaging, interactive media, advertising, typography, and image making. Students graduating from the program pursue careers in graphic design studios and advertising agencies throughout the country, or continue their education in M.F.A. programs.
All graphic design students can expect a creative environment built upon the experience of a faculty of practicing designers and design educators.
Our dedicated state of the art facilities include classroom and production spaces built and equipped to facilitate instruction and invention with traditional and digital media.
Combined, the graphic design faculty have over 50 years of teaching experience in higher education within the field of graphic design.
Design work created by students continually receive recognition at professional venues like Communication Arts magazine, the National Student Show, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, the FLUX Student Design Competition, the Richmond Ad Club, the American Advertising Federation Awards, and the Brass Ring Awards.
This advanced course is an introduction to the basic methods and techniques used to design for web-based delivery. Topics of study include; site management and organization, navigation, grid structures, hierarchy and inventory of content, appropriate use of type and graphics, and format. Emphasis will be placed on process and research, appropriateness, accessibility, dynamic user interface experiences. Prerequisites: GDES 371 and GDES 372 or permission of the instructor.
This advanced course is devoted to the study and design of coordinated systems of visual communication elements used to identify a company or cause. Projects will address project research, creative brief development, messaging, and effective ideation for application across coordinated graphic design campaigns for print and digital delivery. Prerequisites: GDES 371 and GDES 372 or permission of the instructor.
Students entering the Bachelor of Fine Arts program in Graphic Design should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Students seeking admission into the Graphic Design program must successfully complete required foundational art studio and graphic design coursework. Subsequently, students must pass GDES 370—Graphic Design Continuance Review—in order to be considered for admittance into the program. At the conclusion of this course, students will apply for continuance in the major by submitting a portfolio and essay, and completing a test-of-skills exam.
Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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The Robert McCullough Prize is a cash award endowed yearly to an exceptional Graphic Design student, regardless of class standing (graduating seniors may apply). The Prize was established in memory of Robert McCullough, longtime Art Department faculty member and founder of the Graphic Design program.
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