Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts - BFA

  • Emphasis on conceptual thinking and technical skills
  • Professors who are practicing artists
  • Internships and senior exhibition

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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, architectural graphics, signage and typography. During the senior year, 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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Steven Brower
Assistant Professor

Christine Medley
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Sue Jenkins
Clinical Assistant Professor of Art

Steven Alexander
Professor of Visual Art
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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.

Diana

I had several job offers immediately after graduating from Marywood.

I graduated in 2014 with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design with a minor in Multimedia.  I am currently a Visual Web Designer Consultant for Verizon Wireless.  I had several job offers immediately after graduating and chose the Verizon Wireless position because I am a big fan of the company and knew it would be an amazing experience. 

I have worked on numerous innovative projects and have been responsible for many of the visual elements on the Verizon Wireless website, which is visited by millions of customers.  My assignments have included home page marquees, landing pages, page redesigns, and even being assigned the responsibility of Lead Designer for the Valentine's Day 2015 creative and device launches.  I absolutely love my job and am so thankful for this opportunity.  Every day is a new challenge and I welcome it.

Looking back, I believe that Marywood's school size contributed a great deal to my achievements.  I do not think I would have been able to do as much as I did at a larger school.  At Marywood, the classes were small and professors were always available to answer questions.

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

18 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 215A Figure Drawing I
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 416A Graphic Design II
3
ART 416B Graphic Design III
3
ART 416 Advanced Graphic Design
6
ART 427D Advanced Problems in Visual Communication
6
ART 430 History of Graphic Design
3
ART 441B Computer Graphics II
3
ART 441H Web Design and Interactive Media
3
ART 448 Packaging Design
3
ART 449 Fieldwork Experience
3
ART 455 Professional Contribution Exhibit
0
ART XXX Electives
9

*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.