Apr 21, 2024  
2023-2024 University Bulletin 
    
2023-2024 University Bulletin

Graphic Design Concentration


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Graphic Design Concentration (42 hours)


Become a creative problem solver! Graphic Design blends in-depth study of the visual arts with hands-on practice at creating effective solutions to real-world communications problems.

Master the art of visual communication

As a Graphic Designer you’ll work side-by-side with talented faculty who are passionate about art. You’ll learn to develop inventive visual concepts and execute them skillfully-and with the latest technology. With fellow students in small classes, you’ll present your work and discuss it in detail. In a curriculum rooted in the liberal arts, you’ll deepen your understanding of the creative process and expand your capacity for critical thinking and compelling visual, oral and written expression. You’ll come to understand a discipline that brings form and order to human activities, inventions and creations-and prepare for rewarding work in a corporate or studio setting.

Enjoy many ways to learn, on campus and beyond

Practical experience is built into the Graphic Design curriculum. Our internships draw on the vast cultural, business and professional resources of Chicago-one of the largest job markets for graphic designers in the nation. We make our connections your connections, so you can test-drive your dream job in the real world. To gain a global perspective, you can choose from a number of study abroad programs on four continents. 

The university’s Civic Learning Program enables you to combine academic learning with effective, compassionate service to people in need-in the Chicago area and around the world. The program has been nationally recognized for excellence.

Painting Concentration (39 hours)


Painting is a deep immersion in creative expression. You will expand your perspective, build your technique, and find your own artistic voice.

Develop your talents and live your passion

In small classes, you’ll work side-by-side with talented artists who love to teach. You’ll study the subtleties of painting and drawing, deepen your knowledge of art history, and practice your hand at printmaking, design, photography and sculpture. In a curriculum deeply rooted in the liberal arts, you’ll sharpen your critical thinking skills and gain a new understanding of the broader society and culture. You’ll learn to present your work effectively, to discuss it intelligently, and to communicate visually with refinement and impact. The Painting concentration will prepare you for a meaningful career and for lifelong intellectual competence.

More ways to learn, on campus and beyond

Practical, hands-on experience is built into the curriculum. Our internships draw on Chicago’s lively gallery scene and world-class museums. We make our connections your connections, so you can test drive your dream job in the real world. You can combine academic study with compassionate service to people in need, in the Chicago area or around the world. We encourage you to take full advantage of the university’s outstanding study abroad programs.

We encourage you to complete a minor in a complementary field. You can choose from a large number of minors, including business, communications, fashion design, film studies, informatics, and psychology. The art department offers minors in graphic design, painting, printmaking/drawing and sculpture/ceramics.

 

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