Graphic and Experience Design

Design student works on project in her Brook Hall studio.

Design student works on project in her Brook Hall studio.

Simply put, graphic designers give meaningful visual form to content in all media: from print to screen; business cards to billboards; computer interfaces to movie screens. But the most critical skill graphic designers offer is their unique ability to communicate specific messages through the artful manipulation of typography and images, systems and structures. Their work promotes, educates, directs, informs, exposes, clarifies, beautifies and delights.

The Graphic and Experience Design department at the College of Design is nationally recognized for the quality of its program, the contributions of its faculty and the capabilities of its graduates. Students begin study in the discipline in the freshman year, and matriculate through a series of core, topic, and focus studios. The unique “in-residence” classroom structure grounds an open culture of exchange that fosters creative responses to a range of topical design issues.

The work of the faculty and students in the Graphic and Experience Design department has been featured nationally in journals such as Visible Language, Design Issues, AIGA Journal and Loop (American Institute of Graphic Arts), and Statements (American Center for Design), as well as in Emigré, Print, Metropolis, and I.D. magazines. Internationally their writing and design has been represented in publications from Switzerland (Novum Gebrauchgraphik) to England (Visual Communication and Eye Magazine) to Russia (KAK). Faculty are frequently invited to lecture and present work at professional and educational design conferences. Students in the Department consistently win national merit scholarships as well as recognition for their work from institutions such as the American Center for Design and AIGA.

The department, college and university extend numerous classroom and extra-curricular opportunities that help students become progressively responsible for their work, which culminates in coursework that anticipates professional practice. Graduates hold positions in design offices large and small, in-house creative offices in public institutions and private corporations within North Carolina and across the nation. Many teach graphic design in the United States and abroad.

Video: The Open World of Design at NC State.

Courses include:

Graphic and Industrial Design Fundamentals, Graphic Design Theory and Practice, Graphic Design Studio I, II, & III, Imaging for Graphic Design I, II, & III, Typography I, II, & III, Special Topics in Graphic Design, History of Graphic Design, Advanced Graphic Design Studio, Micro-computers in Graphic Design, Special Topics in Graphic Design

  • Artistic, Design
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  • Create New Ideas & Communicate Graphically
  • Use Pictures, Typography and Arrangement to Enhance Written Messages
  • Drawing/Computer Design
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