Graphic Design

“Suppose you want to announce or sell something, amuse or persuade someone, explain a complicated system or demonstrate a process. In other words, you have a message you want to communicate. How do you “send” it? If you use any visual medium at all—if you make a poster, type a letter, create a business logo, a magazine ad, or an album cover, you are using a form of visual communication called graphic design.”

American Institute of Graphic Art

The Graphic Design program at Marietta College supports the conceptual and creative development of the modern designer with a curriculum that covers the many facets of the design field. Graduates will leave the program with confidence that they will succeed at pursuing a career in graphic design.

Students are trained in fundamental studio art mediums. Those skills are then translated to a digital workflow using industry standard equipment - Macintosh computers, and a host of contemporary tools housed in the Graphics Design Lab in Hermann Fine Arts Center. While the Design Lab hosts the majority of classroom lectures, demonstrations, and student work area, additional classes in painting, printmaking, art history and research assignments take graphic design students across many disciplines to offer exposure to a variety ideas and methods.

For more information regarding classes, please refer to the sidebar listings or a current Marietta College Course Catalog.

Student Expectations and Costs

Students do not need a portfolio to be accepted into the Graphic Design program. Prospective students who do have a well developed portfolio of Studio Art or Graphic Design may wish to apply for the Art Scholarship . There is a formal review of student work during the sophomore year. This student presentation to the Studio Art and Graphic Deign Faculty serves as a critical assessment of the student’s progress, and is aimed at evaluating the students success, commitment, and future potential in the program.

Students who wish to earn a degree a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design will have financial and time commitments particular to the discipline. Supplies for any graphic designer include specialty paper, ink, cutting tools ect. and are required for many classes in addition to class textbooks. Many graphic design classes have additional ancillary fees used to fund the costs of the design lab operation and upkeep.

A dedication and commitment to personal development is also expected of students majoring in Graphic Design. Unique and original ideas are encouraged and fostered in the program. Students who are able to make time outside of the classroom to develop their skill, craft, and own independent sensibilities and styles will benefit the greatest.

Students do not need to invest in their own personal computer – up to date hardware and software is offered and accessible to all enrolled students. Its use is encouraged for all underclassman. Upper class students who have gained both an understanding of Macintosh Computers and a dedication to graphic design may wish to acquire their own machine, as their academic demands grow.

Requirements for a Minor in Graphic Design

Due to the programs close relationship with the Art Department; many students seek an additional Minor in Graphic Design. The requirements to receive this distinction are as follows.

  • ART 101 : Drawing I
  • ARTH 162 : Design Appreciation
  • GRPH 201 : Software for Design
  • GRPH 220 : Sophomore Design I
  • GRPH 230 : Sophomore Design II
  • GRPH 240 : Computer Typography
  • GRPH 325 : Motion & Interaction