In our graphic design program, we'll teach you how to use the techniques of studio art to create designs and illustrations for commercial clients using the latest digital design tools. By combining a strong studio art foundation with computer proficiency, you'll have the knowledge to approach any design project. And we will make sure you are marketable -- in every course, you'll produce materials for your portfolio that are both practical and conceptual; and in many courses, you'll have the opportunity to do work for real clients, giving you the experience of carrying a project from its conception to completion.
Each major in Graphic Design selects a topic or project to work on during the senior year. All work for the course is new and not samples from all four years, and each culminates in a capstone exhibition. Students work with a committee headed by one faculty member, where they also have access to visiting artists and designers.
The Hermann Fine Arts Center introduces you to artists and designers through guest lecturers and exhibitions. The main gallery hosts at least three exhibitions per semester, featuring work in a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches. The student gallery is available for individual student or group exhibitions throughout the academic year.
Along with a Mac-based computer lab that supports the latest design software and professional-grade scanners and printers, you'll also have access to art studios that provide facilities for printmaking, painting, design, drawing, and ceramics.
All graphic design majors take the following courses:
- Computer Typography
- Digital Illustration
- Corporate Identity
- Promotional Design
- Design for Publications
- Portfolio & Self Promotion
- Design Practices
- Production Graphics
- Web Design
- Senior Show Seminar
- Electives from Advertising/Public Relations or Marketing to focus your career direction
- Creative or Persuasive Writing
These courses are in addition to the strong studio art foundation you will receive by studying drawing, flat design, illustration, photography, art history, informational graphics, and painting.
In Marietta's graphic design program, you'll gain real-world experience working at a design firm, advertising agency, or other related business in the industry for an entire semester. Your internship will last at least 140 hours and can take place here in Marietta, in your hometown, or anywhere in the world.
Clubs & Organizations
For students who want to pursue art outside the classroom, the Art and Design Group promotes art on campus and sponsors student exhibitions, field trips, and activities.
The Arts and Humanities Council works with other campus organizations to offer programs that support creativity and interest in the fine arts and humanities at Marietta.
The international honorary art fraternity, Kappa Pi, recognizes the academic achievements of graphic design and studio art majors through yearly chapter inductions. The members of Marietta's Kappa Pi chapter actively engage in campus and community service projects related to the arts.
Our graduates work as designers, art directors, and illustrators for all kinds of businesses. These include:
Senior Designer, Pfaltzgraff Company
Head Graphic Designer, Cleveland Cavaliers
Graphic Designer, Case Western Reserve University
Manager of Advertising and Broadcasting, Philadelphia Phillies
Graphic Designer, LoneStar Associates, Inc.
Graphic Designer, Cleveland Marketing Group
Senior Design & Illustrator, Perspectives magazine
Communications Coordinator, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Graphic Designer, The Gianfagna Group
Owner and Graphic Designer, Panther Motorsports Design
Graphic Artist, Alltell Publishing Corporation
Graphic Artist, The Morning Journal
Art Director, Toys-R-Us
Director of Operations, Dalton Marketing
Advertising Agent/Media Sales, Crutcher, Kelly & Lay
Graphic Artist, Arens Corporation
Art Director, Blueprint magazine
The Valdis and Missy Hall Garoza Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified students majoring in graphic design or studio art.
The Fine Arts Talent Competition awards scholarships to encourage participation in the arts, and to reward students who enrich Marietta's cultural environment. The scholarship is renewable and is awarded in art, music, and theatre.