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Graphic Design Curriculum, Watkins
Curriculum

Our dynamic and forward-thinking curriculum helps you build a body of work on which to launch your career.

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Graphic Design Facilities at Watkins College of Art
Facilities & equipment

From leading-edge workstations, software, and production equipment to swatch books and an extensive periodicals collection, Watkins facilities blend the tech savvy and the tactile.

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Natalie Miles

Illustration 3 is the class Miles loved most.

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Faculty:
Full—and part-time faculty
along with professionals
in the field

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Associate Professor and Chair

Associate Professor

A veteran of the music industry, Steve Wilkison has been designing and developing websites, e-cards, digital press kits, and other interactive media for two decades. He has worked with artists such as Willie Nelson, Keith Urban, June Carter Cash, Guy Clark, Nickel Creek, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chely Wright, and many more. Wilkison owns and operates Digital Vision Media, an award-winning website, interactive, and multimedia design and development company based in Nashville.

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Associate Professor

BFA Graphic Design, Parsons School of Design
MAT, Belmont University
Before moving to Nashville in 1987, Judith Sweeney O’Bryan spent 12 years working for advertising agencies in Manhattan. Her professional experience includes assistant art director at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample; art director at Kallir, Phillips & Ross; and senior art director at Sudler & Hennessey (the healthcare division of Young & Rubicam). Sweeney O’Bryan is the principle owner and creative director of Sweeney O’Bryan Design, a graphic design studio that provides brochures, annual reports, corporate identities, branding, and advertising for both regional and national clients.

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Associate Professor and Chair

BFA Graphic Design, Middle Tennessee State University
MA Illustration, Syracuse University
MFA Illustration, Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford
Nashville native Dan Brawner creates idea-based art that reaches a wide audience in print and multimedia—including character designs that have marched in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Through commissions from firms such as Saatchi & Saatchi, Hal Riney & Partners, McCann-Erickson, and Porter Novelli, Brawner’s clients have included: BASF, Bridgestone, Children’s TV Workshop, Coca-Cola, HCA, Kellogg’s, KFC, Simon & Schuster, Sonic, WGBH-Boston, and Zanies. Brawner’s published work has garnered awards from Advertising Age, American Ad Federation, American Illustration, Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, Illustration West 45, Print, Society of Illustrators, and Society of Illustrators–Los Angeles. His book The Prayer of Jabez for Kids was honored by Publisher’s Weekly as the bestselling children’s book of 2002. Brawner’s work has been juried into American Illustration’s “Distribute,” Illustration 50 and 3×3’s “Annual #5.” In 2005, he won Best of Show at Huntsville Museum of Art’s Red Clay Survey. His recent exhibitions of drawings and books have appeared in venues such as Billy Shire’s Fine Art Gallery, Gallery Nucleus in Los Angeles, and IAGO’s El Libres de Artista Ilustrados in Oaxaca, Mexico. In 2010, Brawner was honored with a Graphis New Talent Annual Top Instructor Award.

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