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, and innovate 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.
What You'll 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).
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.
The Graphic Design program has a combined Macintosh lab/traditional studio space equipped with 20+ iMacs, black and white and color laser printers, a color projector for viewing digital work and lecturing, and 20 drafting tables. A second Mac lab has 15 iMacs and a projector. All labs are stocked with the full suite of Adobe software.
The Graphic Design studios, one a combined computer and desk studio and one a computer lab which is shared with Photography, are equipped with 21 2008 model iMac computer workstations, all of which run the latest Adobe Creative Suite Premium software (including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash, and Acrobat). All computers have access to the internet and art student server storage space through an Apple Airport wireless network, which students who bring in personal laptop computers may also access.
There is an installed overhead projector and five scanners, including one that can scan source material up to 11 x 17. There are five printers: one HP large format color plotter (up to 36 wide and 9 long), one 2400 dpi Xerox color printer (up to 11 x 17), one black-and-white HP laser printer (up to 11 x 17), and two 8.5 x11 HP black-and-white-printers. We also offer, in the same dedicated studio/lab workspace, 20 drafting desks, two large dry-erase boards, a light table, and a full wall bulletin board for critiques. There is a flat file for storing student work, as well as shelving and cabinets.
Stephanie R. Miller
Chair, Department of Visual Arts