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BFA Major in Design

Graphic Design

Our trans-disciplinary curriculum is designed to prepare you for a future at the forefront of contemporary design.

DESIGN YOUR FUTURE

An integrated education, Design is a fusion of studio practices and liberal arts experiences all through a contemporary lens. Discover how to refine the process of inquiry that leads to creative solutions for a variety of visual communication problems and gain the intellectual and technical skills needed to achieve success as a design professional.

Our unique individualized approach emphasizes the development of strong research skills. Through professional and personal experiences, students encounter a range of challenges in areas that include: brand identity, environmental, garment, interactive, product, promotional, publication, and web design.

AS A DESIGNER YOU WILL:

  • Critically assess the development of your work and the work of others.
  • Develop methods for organizing and utilizing design processes.
  • Learn, create, and apply new thinking models to design strategies to further your approach to a brand or design
    problem.
  • Design multi-faceted solutions to complex visual communication problems that span diverse audiences culturally, intellectual diversity, and lifestyle differences.
  • Demonstrate willingness to take creative risks.
  • Cite and discuss relevant influences/sources from Design history.
  • Be able to deliver relevant narratives to a diverse audience about work that will validate, defend, or convince the audience of the best solution.
  • Develop skills used in the design process that include ideation, concept development, execution, test, and analysis.
  • Demonstrate a proficiency in evaluating works of design and understand the differences between objectivity and subjectivity. Present a strategic rationale to support design decisions.
  • Compose a professional resume and portfolio.
  • Interact with a professional client.

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Change the world with your designs.

Graduates thrive in entrepreneurial and freelance enterprises and in related creative industries such as: architecture, exhibitry and display, multi-media marketing, film, publication, and entertainment industries.
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Tools & Facilities

Design provides:
  • 3 Computer labs
  • Collaborative design studio
  • Academy Design Services (outside jobs)
  • Adobe Creative Suite for all students
  • Wacom Cintiq tablets
  • Large format digital printers in Media Services

After your time at AAC, you’ll be ready to become a…​

Art Director

Creative Director

Graphic Designer

Marketing Manager

Digital Designer

Brand Manager

Social Media Manager

Strategist

Web developer

Packaging Designer

Print Designer

Advertising Designer

User Interface Designer

User Experience Designer

Entrepreneur

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