Bachelor of Arts
Graphic designers shape the way people see, use and experience information. In this discipline, the goal is to develop socially aware problem solvers who explore traditional as well as innovative visual solutions through theory and practice.
The students of this program are visual communicators who explore what it means to convey ideas through type and image, as well as innovating through technology. In the classroom, the students will build on the fundamental skills of the practice of design, and cultivate visual concept within a contemporary design field.
The Graphic Design program occupies multiple studio spaces. Design’s primary studio is a combined technology lab/traditional studio equipped with drafting tables, 20+ iMacs, black and white and color laser printers for proofing design work, and a digital projector and flatscreen for lecture and streaming video. The second design lab is a shared space with photography. It has 15 iMacs and two laser printers.The third space is for the LUSCA Studio. It is a hybrid facility that is used by our pre-professional course, a.k.a. The LUSCA Studio, and studio lighting. This space is equipped with 4 – 27” monitors for students to plug their laptops into for use, a tabloid scanner, color laser printer, a conference table and flatscreen for client meetings, and a fully functioning lighting studio for photography. All labs use Adobe Creative Cloud.
What You Will Study
- The award-winning visual arts faculty is known regionally, nationally and internationally.
- Visual and Performing Arts Scholarships are available to students who demonstrate outstanding abilities in art. Students must submit a portfolio for consideration.
- Graphic design internships are available with local and regional businesses and agencies. Students are professionally supervised and receive practical experience while building their portfolios.
- Students will learn the practice of design from award winning faculty.
- Coastal Carolina University's chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) offers students lectures, national and international networking for jobs, contests and much more.
- Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Students in the Graphic Design program are required to have a personal laptop with the Adobe Creative Cloud applications installed. The Adobe Creative Cloud applications run on computers operating on Apple’s Mac OS X (v10.12 or later) and Microsoft Windows 10 (64 bit only). While students may choose to use a Windows computer, Mac OS is the Graphic Design industry standard, so a Mac laptop is recommended. All faculty and classroom computers operate on Mac OS.
Recommendations for Graphic Design students based on the technology available as of May 2020.
Sample Four Year Plan
Experiences Beyond the Classroom
Study abroad programs are offered each summer to destinations such as Italy, France, England, Greece, China and Thailand.
Students are encouraged to participate in the production of award-winning magazines: Tapestry (alumni), Archarios (literary/arts), Tempo (style/features). Art director/designer positions carry stipends.
The Pre-Professional Studio (ARTS 440/ARTD 440) offers hands-on, real world experience in the production of professional quality posters, magazines, websites and more.
Graduates from our Graphic Design program have moved on to jobs that include a wide range of areas such as traditional print media, magazine and book design, to corporate marketing communications, branding and packaging campaigns, exhibition and environmental design, to motion graphic design, website design, interface design and more.
Stephanie R. Miller
Chair, Department of Visual Arts