Art and Design

Graphic Design


Students in Graphic Design study typography, form, and communication. Classes often include projects with campus and community partners that give students the opportunity to apply their skills in real-world scenarios. 

Graphic Design Students Learn:
  • How to communicate and address problems using visual media
  • How to develop ideas and design intentionally for specific audiences
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, AfterEffects)
  • 3D modeling software
  • Latest web and user experience design software 
  • Typography
  • Motion graphics animation
  • User experience design and user interface design (which includes the design of mobile and web apps)
  • Web design 
  • Design for marketing
  • Brand identity design
  • Social impact design
  • Design research
  • Print design
  • Digital art
  • Illustration

Many design students gain professional experience working in internships with employers throughout the city of Cleveland and on CSU’s campus. Design students are able to earn up to eight hours of elective credit for internships.

Technology and Software Requirements

There are no computer requirements to enter the design program. A lab with iMac desktop computers and software is available for students to use outside of class on weekdays. Most Design students choose to purchase their own laptops for convenience. 

Adobe Creative Cloud subscriptions are provided for students by the department.

Graphic Design Career Paths
  • Graphic Designer
  • User Experience Designer/Researcher
  • Art Director/Creative Director
  • Motion Graphics Animator
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Design Researcher
  • Freelance Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Digital Artist

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