The Graphic Design program provides a comprehensive education in design principles, applications, theories, history, and practice. Students work with faculty primarily through studio courses that introduce an increasing complexity of design problems combined with opportunities for independent development and interaction with the professional community. The first year of the concentration introduces principles of basic design and art and their specific applications in graphic design. The second year provides a comprehensive studio experience in graphic design and computer graphics. These first two years of study culminate with a sophomore review. To enroll in 300-level graphic design courses, all students must submit a portfolio of work for evaluation and approval as part of this Graphic Design Sophomore Review. In the third and fourth years, students choose courses in areas of increasing specialization, engage in professional internships, and develop a professional portfolio as the culmination of their studies.
Please View our 2013-2014 Graphic Design guide that has an overview of all of our course requirements. Remember, you can gather a great overview of what each class entails by viewing the course descriptions and checking out past work from students. The key for not being lost with advising is communication. Talk with your instructors, talk with your fellow classmates. You are not in this experience alone and open communication is key.
Also, please view our Course Planning Guide. This shows when certain classes are offered during the year and is beneficial when planning your long term schedule.
New and transfer students, if you need assistance with general art and graphic design advising, please contact our Fine and Performing Arts Advisors: Marie Fiorillo: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 503.725.3352 or Jessica Wright: J.email@example.com or phone 503.725.2211.
Returning students, if you need assistance with specific graphic design advising, please contact the art office: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 503.725.3515 to make an appointment with Lis Charman, Kate Bingaman Burt, Briar Levit, Thom Hines or Meredith James.
- To enroll in 300-level graphic design courses, all students must submit a portfolio of work for evaluation and approval as part of this Graphic Design Sophomore Review.
- Please View our PSU Graphic Design Guide 2015/16 which has an overview of all of our course requirements and programs, as well as recommendations on where to look at design, read about it, and participate..
- The PSU Course Planning Guide shows when certain classes are offered during the year and is beneficial when planning your long term schedule.
- Professor Hines created the PSUGD Graduation Requirements Planner to help you map your schedule throughout your whole time at PSU. Print and fill in with a pencil so you can make changes as you go!
BFA Degree (Starting Fall 2017)
BA/BS Degree (Pre-Fall 2017)