In the Graphic Design program, you will take a required core of art courses that will introduce you to foundational principles of art and design. After completing drawing and foundation design courses, you will begin graphic design coursework that will focus on typography, identity design, publication and web design, animation and other advanced projects.
All graphic design courses are held in the Art Department’s state-of-the-art Apple computer lab in Kentucky Wesleyan’s Ralph Center, where you use Adobe industry-standard application programs.
Graphic Design Vision Statement
The Graphic Design Program envisions achieving an industry standard as a technology leader that offers real-world experience through creative internships and profitable designs.
Graphic Design Program’s Mission Statement
The Department of Fine Arts & Humanities, specifically the Graphic Design Program, at Kentucky Wesleyan College views its overall mission to provide students with competencies needed to enter postgraduate training (professional or academic) and/or work environments related to art/design, as well as to prepare students to promote and enhance creative problem-solving concept ideas through discovery and application of aesthetically pleasing digital design skills. Students will be hire-able by design studios, competent to open their own design studio, work freelance, able to create custom contracts, and proficient in industry software programs.
Graphic Design Program Purposes & Goals
Graphic Design majors will be competent to enter a Master’s Program and/or work environment that is relevant to the discipline by meeting the following Learning Objective goals:
• LO1: Exhibit Knowledge of Design to gain clients using latest industry software.
• LO2: Develop problem-solving skills for creative concept branding designs for client and/or companies.
• LO3: Communicate Effectively in a visual, oral and/or written format for critiques, contracts, proposals, or presentations.
• LO4: Explore the Creation Process to develop professional quality portfolio.
Graphic Design Careers
Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Art Director, Digital Retouch Artist, Photo Manipulator, Photographer, Ad Layout Designer, Web Designer, Animator, Branding and more! Design majors develop professional portfolios to apply to graduate school for MA, MFA or PhD candidacy.
Prospective graphic design majors are welcome to submit 10 image portfolio for the Art Talent Scholarship. Award values vary and may be renewed based on continuing arts achievement and participation. Scholarships for graphic design (as well as other types of financial aid) are awarded only after you have gained admission to Kentucky Wesleyan College and submitted your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) results.
Kentucky Wesleyan College design majors/minors have opportunities for internships with professional art/design companies, including the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Media Paxton Group, Legends, and many other industry businesses. Industry professionals serve as guest lecturers and add their insight and expertise to the formal curriculum. Internships have a high success rate of industry employment after graduation.
Graphic Design Minor
The minor in Graphic Design provides an opportunity for students in related academic discipline areas such as business, computer science and communications to study the discipline and learn the skills and concepts necessary to effectively use graphic design as it applies to their major.
Donate to the Arts
The Graphic Design Program works to contribute design work in the community start up businesses. Your donation to the Graphic Design Program helps sponsors a design student’s exhibition award, printing cost for portfolio, travel cost or offset student design supplies. Contact Asst Prof Logsdon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 270-852-3608 if you are interesting in helping the Art Program.
Alumni Success in Graphic Design
Brandon Harper, 2014 graduate – Lead Graphic Designer from DK International Designers in Atlanta, Ga.
Kendall Ganus, 2014 graduate – Freelance Graphic Designer in Nashville, Tenn.
Cassie Toman, 2013 graduate – Photographer in Owensboro, Ky.
Taylor West, 2013 graduate – Co-Owner of Tanner & West Designs in Owensboro, Ky.