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Graphic Design

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Why study Graphic Design at APSU?

Our graphic design course are delivered in a small class setting with a student to teacher ratio of 18 to 1.

Our graphic design faculty are active, engaged practitioners of design. They are Rachel Bush, Patrick Gosnell, and David Walker.

The new Art + Design Building has 4 Mac Computer Labs, so there is always a computer available for class work. We have the Adobe Creative Cloud Master Collection, large scale ink jet printers, color laser printers, and black and white laser printers. Everything you need to become a successful graphic designer.

Through CECA (the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts) we offer visiting workshops and lectures by professional graphic designers.

The Department of Art + Design has a very active student AIGA (the American Institute of Graphic Arts) chapter that meets regularly and offers a ton of fun activities and trips.

The Department of Art + Design has a thriving internship program which allows students to gain professional experience while earning class credit.

What will I learn?

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The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

The Department of Art + Design has a very active student AIGA (the American Institute of Graphic Arts) chapter that meets regularly and offers a ton of fun activities and trips. It is also a great way to network with professionals in the field and get feed back on your portfolio.

ART 4310 Design Center (a university designated service learning course) provides students with an opportunity to work with clients in the non-profit sector on all aspects of visual communication projects. As in the design industry, students will have the opportunity to use their technical and conceptual skills within a team format.

ART 440I Art Internship provides graphic design students with on-the-job training with professionals working in the field.

What do Graphic Design majors do after graduation?

Graphic Design is an exciting, ever changing field with fast growing job opportunities. From working in an inhouse design form to setting up your own studio, a degree opens the door to a range of creative careers.

  • Print Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Interactive Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Advertising
  • Creative Director
  • Art Director
  • Marketing Manager
  • Production Designer
Where have APSU alumni gone?
Lorilee Rager
Meet Lorilee Rager

Lorilee Rager is founder of and Chief Creative Problem Solver at Thrive Creative Group, LLC. Her passion for design began at a young age. As a farmer’s daughter raised in Allensville, KY, Lorilee found a creative outlet in drawing and photography. Eventually, she would grow up to attend Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN where she would earn her BFA in Graphic Design.