Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Design

  • State-of-the-art computer labs with inkjet, laser, and 3D printers
  • Career-focused portfolio building
  • Small classes focused on conceptual and technical skills

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Graphic Design at Marywood

Marywood's graphic design program incorporates the study of design and type, conceptual development, design history, research, studio technique, and strategies for problem-solving. Class critiques and discussions are emphasized. Students will explore web design, interactive design, publication design, package design, corporate identity, typography and self promotion. During the junior and senior years, students will apply their knowledge and skills through internships and real design projects. The goal is to provide each student with the environment and support in which to develop a professional visual portfolio.

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Sue Jenkins
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art

Steven Brower
Assistant Professor, Area Coordinator - Illustration, Director MFA - Graphic Design/Illustration

Christine Medley
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Area Coordinator - Graphic Design
This is just a sample of our Visual Arts faculty - see them all!

Each area of emphasis is supported by superb facilities, many of which are housed in the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts; as you advance through the program, you'll have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment.

Computer resources include AutoCADsoftware, web design, layout applications, and technology for graphic design, photography, illustration, and interior architecture majors. There are also weaving looms and blueprint machines; a photography studio with black and white and color darkrooms and an advanced lighting studio; a ceramic studio equipped for a wide variety of techniques; a foundry with metalworking facilities;and sculpture and painting studios.

The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.

Elizabeth

I cannot imagine a better place to work and utilize all the skills learned while at Marywood.

I graduated from Marywood University in May 2014 and currently work as a Communication Specialist for Mercy Volunteer Corps (MVC), a small non-profit organization based outside Philadelphia.  MVC places volunteers for one year of service in cities across the United States and South America.  Their mission is to support people who are poor and marginalized through the efforts of our volunteers, support teams, alumni, and staff. 

As a Communication Specialist, I am responsible for the marketing of their brand and their internal and external communications.  My responsibilities range from producing monthly newsletters to press releases on their new volunteer positions and service site expansions.  MVC is sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, so I also work closely with the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy.  Working for Mercy Volunteer Corps as a graphic designer has given me many opportunities to expand my skills.  I work with some of the most wonderful people who are always supportive of my creative process and encourage me to continue learning through conferences, webinars, and other events.

I cannot imagine a better place to work and utilize all the skills learned while at Marywood.  Mercy Volunteer Corps is truly the dream job for me and I could not have gotten where I am without the support and guidance of the Marywood community!

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.F.A. Studio Art (2-D, 3-D)

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art major, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an ever-changing and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture.

Foundation Courses for both 2-D and 3-D Emphases

15 credits

ART 110 Basic Drawing
3
ART 116 Drawing I
3
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
3
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design
3
ART 233 Painting I
3
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0

B.F.A. Design
Emphasis: Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Program incorporates design history, the study of basic visual elements, conceptual development, research, studio technique, and strategies for problem-solving. Class critiques and discussions are emphasized. Students will explore publication design, package design, corporate identity, typography, motion graphics, and interactivity. During the junior and senior years, students will apply their knowledge and skills through internships and applied projects. The goal is to provide each student with the environment and support in which to develop a professional visual portfolio.

ART 110 Basic Drawing
3
ART 113* Art History I
3
ART 114* Art History II
3
ART 116 Drawing I
3
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
3
ART 210 Introduction to Typography
3
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design
3
ART 218 Art in the Modern Era
3
ART 221A Visual Concepts
3
ART 241 Computer Graphics I
3
ART 314 Introduction to Graphic Design
3
ART 315A Basic Photography
3
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0
ART 322A,B,C Portfolio Review
0
ART 405 Advanced Typography
3
ART 416 Advanced Graphic Design 3
ART 416A Graphic Design II
3
ART 416B Graphic Design III
3
ART 428 Design Business and Production
3
ART 430 History of Graphic Design
3
ART 440 Advanced Portfolio Development
3
ART 441B Computer Graphics II
3
ART 441H Interactive Design I
3
ART 441I Interactive Design II
3
ART 442B Interactive Design III
3
ART 448 Packaging Design
3
ART 449 Fieldwork Experience
3
ART 455 Professional Contribution (Exhibit)
0
ART Elective Art Elective 3

*ART 120 plus one additional art history course (excluding ART 113, 114, 430, 431, 432) may be taken as an alternate to ART 113 and ART 114.