Do you have a passion for visual art, combined with a love of the written word? Do you like to try out new apps, new fonts, social media platforms, and websites? Are you creative, imaginative, and original? Are you adept at graphic design? If the answer to all these questions is “yes,” you might be the perfect candidate for Buffalo State College’s graphic design program.
Twenty years ago, there was no such thing as “Tweets,” “likes,” “blogs” or “comment sections.” Now, our daily lives are ruled by these words and concepts—concepts which are even now changing and evolving. As a graphic design professional, you would specialize in understanding, illustrating, and creating new communication platforms. You would be part artist, part business person: someone who can create an aesthetically pleasing website, blog, app, or game that connects with the right target audience.
Yahaira Zapata, '17, a graphic design graduate, spent summer of 2014 in Istanbul, Turkey.
“This trip made me realize what an impact color can have,” Zapata said. “In design, we should be more cognizant of our color choices and how we expect them to impact the public.”
“The students submit their work to the ADDY competition themselves,” said Stan Friesen, associate professor of art and design. “It’s a great opportunity to have their work seen by industry professionals. In general, students who enter have done really well. One student has two companies interested in hiring him as a result of attending the annual portfolio review, also hosted by the Advertising Club of Buffalo.”
Buffalo State’s bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design is a studio-intensive program of study. This degree program offers students a specialized studio-oriented education in preparation for graduate studies or for beginning careers as professional designers.
Students begin with foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, color, art history, and design history. The major is completed with courses in communication design and selected major electives.
The graphic design program teaches students how to combine communication, art, and technology. Students learn how to craft content that achieves a specific reaction, gets a message across, or provokes a desired reaction (like sales). Our program stands above the rest because:
Graphic design is the largest program in the visual arts at Buffalo State; with nearly 100 students studying advertising design, multimedia, print, and illustration. Graduates have been hired at major corporations, advertising agencies, and graphic design studios including:
Common job titles for communication design graduates include:
Buffalo State is committed to giving students the tools and experiences they need to succeed beyond the classroom. Opportunities for communication design students include:
Buffalo State's Undergraduate Research Office provides opportunities for our design students to apply for undergraduate summer research fellowships, research grants, and travel grants to present results of their research. Students participating in research projects also present at the annual Buffalo State Student Research and Creativity Conference.
Graphic design majors are required to have an internship their senior year. Because Buffalo State is located in New York State's second-largest city, students have access to all the city offers. Many choose to perform internships or use the city's many agencies and arts facilities for learning outside of the classroom. However, students also have interned in London, Los Angeles, New York City, and Milan.
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