Graphic Design is a stimulating and challenging career choice. It is also a complex study requiring creativity, artistic talent, and eye for details, conceptual thinking, technical skills and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
Students of the Graphic Design Department at Watkins will graduate with a professional quality, entry-level portfolio that shows technical competence, solid knowledge of design principles and highly conceptual solutions to communications problems in print, illustration and web-based and interactive media.
The BFA in Graphic Design at Watkins College begins with a strong foundation in the basic principles and elements of design and typography. The curriculum then builds in complexity until students graduate with a professional, high quality, entry-level portfolio.
Coursework effectively covers art, design, typography, technology, professional practices and the history of art and design. Small class sizes allow for each student to have individual consultations with faculty at every stage of their assigned projects. Graphic design electives, including internships with area advertising and design agencies, enhance each students education.
The curriculum culminates in the capstone course, Senior Portfolio Development, where each graduating senior works with senior faculty to polish off his/her portfolio. Finally, the graduating class, as a team, puts together a senior exhibition that features their portfolios. As many as 400 friends, family and design professional have attended this exhibition.