Art - Graphic Design
Graphic Design at Illinois State fosters a collaborative environment engaging you with print and emerging digital media. Our program prepares you to contribute to positive change for the betterment of society.
Students graduating from the Graphic Design program can pursue successful careers in client-based design or self-initiated research. You'll have opportunities to work at design studios, advertising agencies, and diverse corporations or institutions.
Our alumni continue to be a part of the Wonsook Kim School of Art after graduation and we continue to harness professional relationships and networking connections between them and our current students through social media and CrossPlatform, the Graphic Design student club.
We offer three programs in Graphic Design: Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA).
BA/BS in Graphic Design
In the BA/BS in Graphic Design sequence, you'll develop an understanding of topics such as brand identity, typography, interaction and time-based media, design history, multicultural perspectives, and civic engagement.
In addition, you will gain professional experience through Graphic Design Internship or Design Streak Studio.
Point of Pride
Design Streak Studio, a social innovation lab, facilitates an interdisciplinary environment for students to promote human-centered research, experimentation, and service learning. In addition, students can apply for graphic design internships offered every semester to earn pre-professional work experience.
Why study Art - Graphic Design?
The program prepares you to enter creative professional practice through theoretical and applied instruction in topics such as systems design, interaction and time-based media, and typography.
You'll engage in real-world projects where you can experience multicultural perspectives and practice civic engagement.
Come see campus and meet with campus representatives either in person or virtually. Optional chances to meet with academic department, honors, and financial aid.
Applying to Illinois State
Students seeking to pursue any Art major besides Art History must submit a portfolio as part of their application.
Applying to BA/BS in Graphic Design
First-year incoming students seeking admission to the BA/BS in Graphic Design are considered based on their academic proficiency and application portfolio.
Application portfolios must include images of at least five pieces of your original artwork. Portfolios may be uploaded to the Illinois State University application portal or emailed directly to Art@IllinoisState.edu. Find specific portfolio requirements in the application portal.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their portfolio as soon as possible for consideration for departmental scholarships.
Application portfolios are reviewed monthly. Portfolios must be submitted by the first of the month to be included in a review, and will otherwise be included in the next month's review.
Portfolio review results will be emailed to applicants during the same month that their portfolio is reviewed. An official letter will follow in the mail.