Graphic Design and Visual Communication Design
Graphic designers shape the way people see, use, and experience information. If you're interested in studying the practice of design, there are two degree programs—a BFA in Visual Communication Design, and a BA in Graphic Design—and a minor in Graphic Design.
By pursuing the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design, you will be immersed in a program that is conceptually driven and holistic in practice. This degree focuses on the mastery of diverse technical skills, the development of dynamic visual communication across multiple media, and an understanding of contemporary design practices. To apply for this program, you first enroll as a BA student, then complete a portfolio review in your second year.
By pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, you will learn how to be a visual communicator who explores what it means to convey ideas through type and image, as well as innovate through technology. In the classroom, you will build on the fundamental skills of the practice of design, and cultivate visual concept within a contemporary design field.
Coastal has numerous innovative and well-equipped labs to hone your practice in both studio fundamentals and advanced design.
Design Lab and Studio
Rebecca Randall Bryan Art Gallery
Visual Communication Design BFA
Graphic Design BA
Minor in Graphic Design
The minor in Graphic Design has two tracks: one for Art Studio majors, and the other for those outside art programs.
Due to the requirements of art studio, these majors will already have a strong foundation in studio practices and, therefore, could customize their major by developing graphic design skills offered in this minor. Art studio majors will paint, draw, and sculpt, but with a minor in Graphic Design, art studio students will also learn web design, photography, and desktop publishing, and, thus, expand their career possibilities.
All Other Majors
The Graphic Design for All Other Majors is designed for complementary majors, such as Communications, Marketing, or Digital Culture and Design, who are interested in tailoring their major with the unique skills acquired by studying art and design. With a broad foundation in studio art and design, the minor complements many majors and can help lead to careers involving social media research and marketing or web design, and advertising.
Professor, Area Coordinator of Graphic Design
History of Typography, Letterpress Printing
Graphic Design Foundations, Environmental Design, Identity Systems, Gender-Considerate Game Design
Impact of Play on the Creative Process, Game Design, Creative Collaboration
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