Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program at UNC will prepare you to work as a visual thinker and communicator using a variety of traditional print and emerging digital media. The program integrates practice, theory, and inquiry, while refining and encouraging innovation, critical thinking, visual literacy and conceptual problem solving. The Liberal Arts curriculum also provides a broad based foundation for additional experiences in other areas of art, science, journalism, advertising, marketing and media.

You will plan, analyze, create, and evaluate visual solutions to communication problems in a full range of areas such as Editorial Design, Corporate and Brand Identity Design, Advertising, Publications, Environmental Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Typography, Web, Motion and Interactive Design.

As a Graphic Design major you will gain skills needed to work professionally as a print designer, interactive media designer, art director, or creative director for production studios, corporate design groups, advertising agencies, publishers or the film and television industry. The Graphic Design program also prepares you for graduate study and professional careers in education.

As a culmination of your academic requirements in Graphic Design, you will prepare a professional senior portfolio and pursue an internship experience.

Graphic Design Student Work, Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson, Narrative Design

Society of American Silversmiths

Graphic Design Student Work, Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson, Narrative Design

Society of American Silversmiths

Graphic Design Student Work, Nadia Pedroza

Nadia Pedroza, Brand Identity

Somni Sleep App

Graphic Design Student Work

Nadia Pedroza, Graphic Design II

Animal Farm Book Cover

Graphic Design Student Work

Jeremiah Corder, Interactive Media

Unexposed: Spotlight Artist Kimi Most

Graphic Design Student Work, Michael Jefferson

Michael Jefferson, Graphic Design I

Vaudoux Jeans

Graphic Design Student Work, Seth Aller

Seth Aller, Typography

Sight, Sound, Environment

Graphic Design Student Work

Moriah Reusing, Brand Identity

Michener Library

Graphic Design Student Work, Stacy Manweiler

Stacy Manweiler, Typography

Illuminate

 


 
Typography

Typography

Explore the theoretical, expressive, and applied use of typographic formats and systems.

Interactive Design

Interactive Design

Design and develop web and interactive media applications. Projects emphasize interactivity and usability.

Narrative Design

Narrative Design

Advanced class covering multi-page, sequential projects such as books and magazines.

Brand Identity Design

Brand Identity Design

Develop comprehensive branding and marketing campaigns, and work with clients to execute quality presentations.

Graphic Design Coursework

Graphic design students take a variety of coursework including Typography, Interactive Design, Narrative Design, and Brand Identity Design. In addition, students complete a professional internship during their senior year. 

Facilities

Graphic design majors have access to an open computer lab with 23” iMac computers, scanners, and Wacom drawing tablets equipped with software including the full Adobe Creative Cloud Suite and FontLab Studio in addition to access to state-of-the-art network infrastructure and server capabilities. Our Graphic Design studio houses laser and large format ink jet printers to prepare projects with portfolio presentation quality.

Graphic Design Facilities

Professional Development Opportunities

UNC's Graphic Design program allows students to get involved with the following professional and student organizations:

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Colorado Chapter

AIGA is the largest community of design advocates, and brings together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and create the vision for a collective future.

Art Directors Club of Denver (ADCD) Affiliate

ADCD is a local 501(c)(3) compliant, non-profit, multi-disciplinary creative organization focused on strengthening the creative community through education, workshops, informative events, and annual design competitions.

American Advertising Federation (AAF)

Established in 1905, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) is the only organization that includes members across all disciplines and career levels in advertising. Whether you're new to the fast-paced world of advertising or a seasoned professional, the AAF is for you.

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Founded in 1944, the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) establishes national standards for undergraduate and graduate degrees and other credentials for art and design and art/design-related disciplines, and provides assistance to institutions and individuals engaged in artistic, scholarly, educational, and other art/design-related endeavors.

“The Island” UNC Student Design Club

UNC's Art & Design club that meets once a week with creative minds to hang out. The Island offers student workshops, guest speakers, game nights, and other opportunities to network with design friends.

"The most important thing I learned in class was the importance of — and how to — create a professional portfolio. The skills I learned on this alone helped me stand out from the competition. Working with other classmates and my teachers showed me how to accept and give constructive criticism. This is a vital skill in any professional firm. You must be a constant learner. UNC helped me develop that mentality."

Janna Moreau, Web Designer at New Media

Janna Moreau, UNC Art & Design Alum

"I am currently an Associate Creative Director at Deloitte Digital, based in Denver. I work with a number of Fortune 100 and 500 companies in a wide variety of industries. These industries range from automotive, healthcare, multi-media, insurance, and e-commerce. My focus with these various companies is to help them with their user-focused digital strategies around web, wearables, and mobile design directions."

Andrew Preble, Associate Creative Director at Deloitte Digital

Andrew Preble, UNC Art & Design Alum

"The most unexpected aspect of my experience [at UNC] was how little the faculty would give me answers about the content of my work or how it should look. The art teachers always kept a distance from asserting their point of view into my work. This resulted in a body of work that was mainly self-initiated. I am tremendously thankful for this."

Seth Haller, Designer at Monigle Associates

Seth Haller, UNC Art and Design Alum

 

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Work

UNC Faculty Work, Mark Fetkewicz

Mark Fetkewicz

Memory, Desire, and Loss in the Art of Dorothy Cross Boston College

UNC Faculty Work, Mark Fetkewicz

Mark Fetkewicz

Carter Hall, UNC

UNC Faculty Work, Mark Fetkewicz

Mark Fetkewicz

UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival Timeline 1970-2010

UNC Faculty Work, Mark Fetkewicz

Mark Fetkewicz

Giant

UNC Faculty Work, Mark Fetkewicz

Mark Fetkewicz

UNC Visual Arts Galleries 2005-2006 Brochure

UNC Faculty Work, Mark Fetkewicz

Mark Fetkewicz

The Robert O. Schultze Chair in Interdisciplinary Studies

UNC Faculty Work, Mark Fetkewicz

Mark Fetkewicz

Short Story