Graphic Design
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Graphic Design

The Graphic Design Program

Villa Maria’s Graphic Design program can offer you:

Flexible Curriculum

A two-plus-two model. The associate degree curriculum is imbedded into the Bachelor of Fine Arts curriculum and allows you to enter directly into the B.F.A. program or to move seamlessly into the program following successful completion of the associate degree.

Strong Fundamentals

Our Graphic Design program includes a strong foundational focus on design basics, color theory, drawing and painting. Industry-specific knowledge and conceptual problem solving are explored through studies in graphic design fundamentals, typography, digital imaging and visual communications with attention to technical and aesthetic aspects. The program also emphasizes multimedia and interactive design early on and advances to advertising, publication and web design.

Learn from Professionals

Hands-on courses taught by industry pros. Learn from industry professionals with real world experience, using the techniques and technology you’ll actually need in the workplace.

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The Career Potential

Graphic design is a $7 billion dollar-a-year industry and has an ever-increasing demand for highly trained design professionals.

In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13% from 2010 through 2020 as the demand for designers continues to increase from both advertisers and computer design firms. Moreover, graphic designers with website design and animation experience will be in especially high demand for interactive media design projects.

As a graduate of this program, some of the entry-level positions you would qualify for include:

  • Mechanical artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Package designer
  • Illustrator

The Facilities

  • Dedicated and shared studio spaces with drawing tables, a project critique area, and state-of-the-art iMac Apple computers equipped with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, GoLive and Acrobat Professional.
  • A classroom reference library.
  • Flat bed scanners, Intous Graphics Pen Tablets, a roofing printer and a large format printer.


The Requirements

Our Faculty

Questions about the program? Reach out to one of our professors.

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design Art Department Chair

Robert Grizanti

[email protected] • 716.961.1881• Bio

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design

Julie Zack

[email protected] • 716.961.1830 • Bio

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