Almost everything in communication that you come across on a regular basis every day has been touched by a graphic designer. Graphic designers create ads, web pages, interactive magazines, video games, printed magazines and books, trade displays, store displays and the list goes on. They are proficient in all media and in all forms of ways that people talk to each other, and keep the economy going with information presented in a variety of ways. All other fields touch graphic design in some way; it is an important art, one that makes a difference.
What is it like to be a graphic design student at Marshall?
The School of Art and Design at Marshall University prepares you for this important field with a good foundation in art, specific courses in design, web design, illustration and digital media, and many opportunities to experience the real world of graphic design service in the community. Courses in art history and graphic design history, as well as a rich general education cache of courses prepare you for your future in the 21st century of fast-paced communication.
Some specialized practices as a student in graphic design offer opportunities to choose your own niche as related to your interests. These choices involve print graphic design, new media and web design, and illustration. In addition, you may minor in a related field to expand your opportunities. For example, our students have minored in marketing, business, game design and advertising.
All graphic design students work in an internship during their upper class years. Internships often turn into jobs and are always great experiences. An exit portfolio and digital presence follows you into the job market when you graduate. This portfolio will be packed not only with school assignments, but work that you made for the community. Your faculty is always ready to share our work with the community. In addition, college trips to New York, Chicago, Washington and Florence, Italy spread the influence of the world before you.
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