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Studio Art – Graphic Design

History of Graphic Design by Vin Keo

About Graphic Design

This field is essential in today’s media-saturated world. Explore, develop, and apply personal vision in the commercial marketplace. The first two years are dedicated to core graphic design and typography courses along with design history, sustainability, collaborative thinking, and information design. In the final year, graphic design students translate formal and conceptual projects into professional applications and production. Beyond the classroom.


Choose to enrich your study with one of two concentrations:

Pre-Art Therapy

This mental health profession uses art-making to improve and enhance physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


Focusing on client-based projects for the student’s future portfolio, this concentration develops skills in character design and thoughtful narratives.


  • Develop your creative process in studio space available to you starting your freshman year
  • Take classes in our innovative six-week block schedule that encourages immersive, focused learning and promotes healthy work/life balance
  • Study with full-time faculty members who are accomplished, practicing artists for unparalleled mentorship
  • Benefit from a three-credit hour professional internship in your junior year
  • Gain experiential learning through faculty-led student trips to cities such as Indianapolis, Chicago, New York and Cincinnati

Career Options

Our graduates are not only practicing artists; they are marketable professionals. You will be equipped to begin a career in the arts, such as studio art, galleries, or curatorial jobs, or a more direct path will be in the applied arts, art education, or art therapy. Other settings include:

  • Public Art Organizations
  • Historical Societies / Sites
  • Marketing / Advertising Agencies
  • Film / Television Studios
  • Software Firms

If you’re interested in further study, both art education and art therapy require graduate study; our BFA program will provide you the skills necessary to enter those high-level degree programs.

About the BFA in Studio Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts, or BFA, is a four-year professional degree. One-third of your degree will focus on the liberal arts and general education and the other two-thirds is dedicated to studio art. This provides you with an integrated learning experience in both an academic and studio setting.


Foundation courses provide you with intensive instruction in the fundamentals of art and design. You will take foundation courses in your first year and will experiment across media and investigate creativity through various disciplines, gaining skills to apply to your area of study.

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