Art - Graphic Design
With a focus on creative problem-solving skills, typography, and image creation, you will be well prepared to enter the competitive field of Graphic Design.
Students graduating from the Graphic Design sequence enter successful careers in design studios, advertising agencies, and corporate and institutional design offices. These graduates design communications for applications on the web, video, and various multimedia applications as well as for traditional print-based media.
Study in the program develops an understanding of perceptual theory, typography, layout, illustration and interactive options within the field. Following the basic art foundation courses, the Graphic Design sequence introduces students to various technical skills including computer software applications. The cohesive sequencing of courses allows the student to build skills and knowledge upon a strong fundamental core towards a highly sophisticated level of work that successfully combines type and image into creative visual communication.
Point of Pride
Students benefit from the School of Art’s strong relationship with University Galleries in nearby Uptown Normal, which hosts internationally recognized exhibitions throughout the year.
Why study Art - Graphic Design?After graduation, School of Art students take on a variety of careers as artists, curators, designers, educators, critics, scholars, conservators and writers. Our alumni continue to be a part of the School of Art after they leave campus, and we continue to harness professional relationships and networking connections between them and our current students.
Applying to Illinois State
New freshmen will initially apply to the Art major. Students interested in this sequence will submit a five-piece admissions portfolio to the School of Art upon the university accepting the admissions application. While in the middle of Graphic Design II, students can choose to apply to the Graphic Design sequence.
Digital Portfolio Requirements
With the exception of Art History students, all students seeking to major in Art must submit a digital portfolio for review directly to the School of Art. Once you have submitted your completed application to Illinois State University Admissions, you will receive an email from the School of Art including directions about how to submit your portfolio. For admission to the Art major, the portfolio will be considered in relation to all other admission materials, including class standing, ACT/SAT scores, and prior college-level records. Each review session lasts approximately 2-3 weeks. At the end of that time, decision letters will be mailed to the address you supplied in your portfolio. Decisions will NOT be available over the telephone. Late portfolios will be considered, but you must submit to one of the official deadlines below in order to be considered for School of Art scholarships.
When ready, attach all necessary materials to an email, and send to either Nancy Fewkes (email@example.com) or Kelly Peiffer (firstname.lastname@example.org). Along with your application, your digital portfolio must include:
- Five artworks that you consider to be your best work in any medium. Digital images should approximately meet these specifications:
- File format: JPEG file format only
- Resolution: 300 dpi
- File size: Approximately 1.0 MB (1000 KB) each
- File name: identify each image with name and number (e.g., Redbird-001.jpg; Redbird-002.jpg)
- One indexed list of these five artworks
- Include the title, description, medium, and size of each artwork on the list, identify each with the same number as the JPEG filename.
- Any necessary weblinks (including YouTube and Vimeo) may be embedded into the indexed list, a PDF, or a document file.
Make sure that the artwork is squared in the viewfinder, is well-lit, and in focus. It is important to record color and exposure accurately, so be sure to set the proper camera "white balance" and exposure for the lighting conditions. (Consult your camera manual.) It is also important to eliminate distracting backgrounds by filling the viewfinder as much as possible with the artwork without cropping the artwork itself. Use a neutral cloth or wall as a backdrop. If these cannot be controlled, then you are encouraged to carefully crop out any distracting background in a photo editing program. Accurate and simple representations of your artworks are paramount.
Transfer students: Work submitted should reflect college-level art classes already taken.
Portfolio Review Sessions (2017-2018)
All portfolio review sessions are open to both freshman and transfer applicants.
Applications valid for Spring and Fall 2018
- September 18: Ensures consideration for advanced registration
- October 9: Regular submission date
- October 24: Regular submission date
- November 13: Regular submission date
- December 4: Final review session for spring 2018 semester
Applications valid for only Fall 2018
- February 5: Ensures consideration for advanced registration
- February 19: Transfers are strongly encouraged to submit by this date
- March 12: Final review session for fall 2018 semester