Students who major in Design Studies with a concentration in Graphic Design take an array of courses that are primarily digitally based. These courses will focus on artistic development, emphasizing the conceptual understanding needed to produce thoughtful, engaging and professional work. Students within this major will also challenge notions concerning the making, exhibiting and viewing of art and graphic design. The ultimate goal of the program is to foster a new theoretical and aesthetic understanding of art and graphic design that leads toward a unique creative vision.
The Department of Art & Graphic Design fosters excellence, individuality, and diversity while encouraging freedom of thought, imagination, and honest, open inquiry in order to develop and expand students’ creative, intellectual, and aesthetic development through its commitment to quality programs in studio art, art history and graphic design.
Admission Requirements (Effective Fall 2018)
Students wishing to pursue a BA in Studio Art or BA in Design Studies with a concentration in Graphic Design will submit a portfolio after completion of the freshman level foundation courses: Design Fundamentals (ART 1050) and Drawing (ART 1060). Upon successful completion of both courses and faculty review of the portfolio, students will be officially accepted into the major. Prior to successful completion of the Portfolio Review, students interested in ART and Design Studies are placed in a conditional status, as noted by the registrar’s designations of pre-ART and pre-DSN.
For Portfolio Review, students submit a portfolio of work that consists of selected projects from the freshman-level foundation courses. Faculty will evaluate the quality of the portfolio of work along with the student’s professional behavior (attendance, work ethic, ability to accept constructive criticism) and overall GPA. The program does not have a quota and can accept all students that meet the department’s standards. It is, however, unlikely that students will pass Portfolio Review if the student has below a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or a grade of C- or below is received in either of the two foundational courses. Students must pass both courses to be eligible to apply for admission into the major. Students may retake the course and reapply at the end of that semester; however, students may not apply to the program more than twice.
To graduate with a B.A. in Studio Art or a B.A. in Design Studies with a concentration in Graphic Design, students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher per the University’s requirements.
What can I do with this major?
In the spirit of the liberal arts tradition, the Graphic Design major encourages students to supplement their GDS degree with a minor or even another major in order to create a trajectory that meets their individual professional goals. Students frequently pursue supplemental course work in strategic communications, business, art, and computer science. Past students have crafted the following career paths:
- Graphic Designer
- Communications Manager
- Creative Director
- Freelance Designer
- Web Designer
- Multimedia Developer
Opportunities unique to graphic design
- Digitally-based courses with emphasis on artistic development and the conceptual understanding needed to produce thoughtful, engaging and professional work
- The power to combine artistic ability with technical knowledge to create designs used in print and electronic media
- Faculty focused on a one-on-one approach to develop each student’s artistic and expressive abilities
- Well-known visiting artists, such as Sebastian Guerrini, are welcomed to campus each year to provide students with experience and perspective
- A 25-station Cintiq drawing and design lab
- A 16-station drafting and design studio
- Two Mac digital arts labs with large format printers, including a 3D printer
- A fully equipped darkroom for photography
- Well-equipped 2-D and 3-D studios
- A laser cutter that instantly cuts through materials such as wood, plastics and acrylics and etches designs into glass, aluminum and stainless steel
Access to Allan Beaver, One Club Creative Hall of Fame
Mr. Allan Beaver is an Artist-in-Residence for the School of Art and Design. His impressive background includes Senior Designer at CBS Network and Vice-Chairman and Chief Creative Officer at Levine, Huntley, Schmidt and Beaver, a New York advertising firm. The firm created memorable campaigns for brands that include: Subaru, Jockey and Matchbox Toy Cars. Mr. Beaver’s stellar career has yielded numerous recognitions, such as being named one of the top 100 most creative people in the USA, recipient of more than 300 major advertising awards, and most recently induction into the One Club Creative Hall of Fame.
Opportunities for experiential learning
The graphic design department within the School of Art and Design has many opportunities for experiential learning, in addition to studios, exhibition spaces and labs including:
- Art trip to NYC that allows students to tour world famous graphic design firms, such as Google, and meet with professionals
- Study abroad opportunities in Italy and France
- The HPU Sechrest Art Gallery that houses a notable permanent collection of 18th through 21st century American and European Art, as well as rotating exhibitions of various contemporary artists
- The Deal Student Gallery tha displays rotating exhibitions of HPU student art
What are grads doing with this major?
- 85% of May 2015 graduates were employed by December 2015
- 81% of May 2014 graduates were employed by December 2014
- 5% go to graduate school after graduation
- 100% of 2015 graduates that applied to graduate school were accepted
- 100% of 2014 graduates that applied to graduate school were accepted
*Knowledge rate: 95% for 2013; 89% for 2014; 100% for 2015.