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Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Program Description

Combine your creativity with expertise much in demand in AUM’s Graphic Design concentration. You’ll spend most of your time getting practical, hands-on experience. Classes in drawing, digital photography, computer graphics, and typography will give you the technical mastery of the skills you’ll need to take a project from conception to completion. You’ll build a professional portfolio, and many AUM Graphic Design students get paid internships at firms like Stamp Idea Group in Montgomery that lead to permanent jobs after graduation. Graphic Design is a concentration in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art degree.

Points of Pride

  • AUM graphic design students routinely submit their work to national and local shows and exhibitions and competitions, often earning top prizes.
  • A recent survey found that 90% of graphic design graduates were employed in the field of their choice.
  • Graphic design at AUM has its own studio space with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Small classes mean more individual attention for each student.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

A concentration in graphic design is excellent preparation for employment in a variety of fields.  Jobs in art and design are projected to grow by 2 percent from 2014 to 2024, adding an additional 16,700 jobs to the economy. At $43,110, the most recent median annual wage for art and design occupations was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.


U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample

Jobs

Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Multimedia artist/animator

$63,630 per year

6% (3,900 more jobs)

Graphic designer

$45,900 per year

1% (3,600 more jobs)

Art director

$85,610 per year

2% (1,800 more jobs)

For More Information

Fine Arts Department

Auburn University at Montgomery

Goodwyn Hall 104

334-244-3377

ashughes@aum.edu

Soaring Warhawks

  • Eric Fountain is a Merchandising Design Supervisor at Saks Fifth Avenue, Birmingham.
  • Anna Hudman is a Set Designer at Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL.
  • Chris Mills is Art Director at Razorfish, Atlanta, GA.
  • Jacob Pugh is Director of Marketing at MMI Outdoors, Montgomery.
  • Tori McClanahan works at Alabama Living Magazine.
  • LaShanda Gaines is a Web designer for the Montgomery Chamber of Commerce.
  • Ryan Harrison is Art Director at O2 Ideas, Birmingham.
  • Britney Sims is a Web Designer at Fullbeauty, NY, New York.
  • Alexis Franco is Associate Product Manager at SharkNinja, Boston, MA.
  • Amber Hall won First Place at the 2015 American Advertising Awards (formerly the ADDYs) in Los Vegas and was named the American Advertising Federation Montgomery “Student Designer of the Year” in 2016.
  • Alex Trott was named “Student Designer of the Year” and won a Student Gold Award at the 2015 Central Alabama American Advertising Awards in Montgomery.
  • Robin Birdwell won Second Place at the 2011 American Advertising Awards in San Diego and is now a designer at Cotton & Pine, Montgomery.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Graphic Design major includes:


Course #

Course Name

Course Description

VISU 2702

Computer Graphics

Emphasis on skills needed to produce vector and faster-based graphics to solve problems in design and layout. Prerequisite VISU 1102.

VISU 2732

Graphic Design 1

Exploring color, grid and layout systems to solve graphic communication problems.

VISU 3732

Graphic Design 2

Methods and processes of graphic design, problem solving and production techniques. Development of critical thinking, oral presentation, and writing skills. Prerequisite VISU 2732.

VISU 4732

Graphic Design 3

Implementation of design skills from previous design courses. Concentration on research, varying design approaches and final communication solutions.

VISU 3722

Typography 2

Exploring contemporary letterforms with emphasis on the creative use of type in a digital format.

VISU 3702

3-D Animation

Introduction to the three-dimensional modeling, rendering and animation, with emphasis on problem solving related to concept and execution. Prerequisite VISU 2702.

VISU 4702

Graphics 1

Introduction to html, basic and advanced techniques of web design. Programming not required. Prerequisite VISU 2702.

VISU 4712

Graphics 2

Motion graphics output to different formats, with emphasis on effective problem solving using professional processes.

VISU 4742

Advertising Art

Development of design strategies and solutions as they relate to marketing, branding, and advertising for products and services. Prerequisite VISU 3732.

VISU Elective

Art History (writing intensive)

Any 3000-level writing-intensive Art History course.

VISU 4982

Senior Project

A senior project culminating the Studio or Graphic Design emphasis under the direction of the student's concentration advisor in painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics or graphic design. The student will make a presentation of their artwork for review by the Fine Arts Faculty.