The undergraduate Design program challenges students to communicate solutions and ideas in a clear and visually striking manner, while mastering contemporary methods of graphic and interactive design.
The bachelor's degree program in Design provides visual,
conceptual, and technical skills required to be a successful designer in a
constantly evolving job market. Exploration of both traditional and
modern technologies will be at each student’s disposal to produce a
wide-range of print, web, motion, environmental, and interactive design
Undergraduate Design students will be immediately considered members of the Design department’s community, where connecting directly to faculty whom bring decades of high-caliber experience and are themselves active design practitioners.
The goal of the design department is to provide perceptual, conceptual, and technical skills needed for a lifetime of professional practice in graphic design. This means providing an education that spans many technologies and serves students throughout their lives and careers. It also means providing basic learning skills, a strong conceptual foundation, and an understanding of the role of design in contemporary society.
Our belief is that there are fundamental issues relating to seeing, thinking about, and making work that cross technical and disciplinary boundaries. At the same time, the form of any work is the result of a dialog between specific ideas and materials, in the context of a particular method of problem solving. Students gain an understanding of the general principles of visual communication by engaging in studio projects that expose them to specific ideas, material, and methods. Both interdisciplinary study in the arts, and intense professional training in design contribute to this overall understanding. Ideas themselves cannot be nurtured without exploring the world and our place in it. Humanities and social sciences help to develop fundamental thinking skills. They strengthen the foundation upon which a professional career can be built. A life and career in design requires a comprehensive education that allows students to grow and to adapt to new situations once they leave school. Given the wide variety of career opportunities in graphic design we cannot possibly provide a specialized education for each branch of the profession. Nor can we anticipate the specific paths our students' careers will take. We strive, instead, to provide the conceptual tools with which students can educate themselves throughout their lives, and which allow them to make meaningful contributions to the world in which they live.
Double majors in Design and Illustration, Design and Fine Art, and Design and Photography are also available, enhancing marketability in a professional field where new hires are required to wear multiple hats.
A dynamic and progressive real-world design studio
experience, Studio InFlux teams students with non-profit organizations
that promote social and cultural change. Student-designed projects are used
to communicate each non-profit's message while simultaneously enabling students to apply learned design principles to solve practical problems. The studio is a worthwhile opportunity to improve practical design skills,
enhance portfolios, and gain experience with
Building off of the basic type elements learned in Typography I, students develop a personal typographic voice while improving their real-world problem solving techniques. The aim of this course is for students to learn how to structure information while maintaining proper use of basic type elements. Experimentation with principles learned through each exercise is heavily emphasized as students will apply this new knowledge to more complex problems.
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Studio InFlux - A Design Department Course
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Argus, BFA Design alumnus Lucas Guerra's design and communications firm, has been awarded a 2013 EMMY for “Survivors” PSA for the State of Massachusetts' Stop. Think. Let it Go campaign.