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.
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 College of the Arts Advisors.
Returning students, if you need assistance with specific graphic design advising, please make an appointment with one of our faculty advisors. Appointments can be booked through the School of Art + Design Advising page, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 503.725.3515. Faculty advisors for the 2019–20 academic year include Meredith James, Stephen Lee, or Sean Schumacher, Kate Bingaman-Burt, and Cielle Charron. Thom Hines is on sabbatical until AY2020–21.
- 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.
- Our PSU Graphic Design Guide 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 new PSUGD BFA 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! OR try the Interactive Graphic Design Graduation Planner, which is a faster and easier, helps avoid common mistakes and pitfalls, and saves your plan automatically so you can come back to it at any time. NOTE: Graduation Planner does not connect to DARS, so all information must be entered manually and will not reflect changes based on courses taken.
- The PSU Course Planning Guide shows when certain classes are offered during the year and is beneficial when planning your long term schedule.