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The Department of Graphic Design focuses on the development of students’ skills and abilities in problem solving, and on expanding their expertise and proficiency in the use and application of digital technologies and electronic media. The curriculum anticipates an evolving context for professional practice through innovative problem-solving at different scales – from objects to systems – engaging with people-centered research and theory, ethical practices, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

With small class sizes, students enjoy individualized attention from faculty bringing extensive design experience in diverse settings. Design studies are blended with a range of liberal arts, communications, and business courses, thus ensuring graduates are ready for the next step.

Graphic Design offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Design degree and a minor as well as supporting a Master of Fine Arts degree in conjunction with the Penn State School of Visual Arts.

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The Stuckeman School Facilities Plan documents the safety precautions and operating procedures that have been put in place for the School’s facilities in both the Stuckeman Family Building and the Borland studios for the fall 2020 semester. This plan applies to all School faculty, staff, and students.

FA20 Return to Campus Plan

Computing cluster + lab remote access guides

Remote Access Guide (MAC)

Remote Access Guide (PC)

Printing Guide


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B.Des. in Graphic Design

The B.Des. in Graphic Design empowers students to become innovators that meet the growing demand for branding, storytelling, visualizing information, user experience, and user interface designs.
Undergraduate graphic design student work exhibition: showcasing a wall divider with big bold text, digital designs on flat-screen TVs, and poster design pinned up on a divider board.

Graphic Design Minor

The Graphic Design minor is intended for students interested in augmenting their academic major with the physical, technological, aesthetic, and conceptual skills associated with a design discipline.
M.F.A. exhibition showing close up of a sculpture.

M.F.A. in Art

The Penn State M.F.A. in Art offers concentrations in ceramics, drawing and painting, graphic design, new media, photography, printmaking, and sculpture – all to elevate your art and impact.

Alumni Spotlight

Brian Kappel

Alumni Spotlight

Brian Kappel

B.A. in Art 1998

Brian is a Portland, Oregon-based artist, graphic designer and a self-described “tinkerer.” After a more than 15-year career with Nike, he founded Space Monkey Designs, a firm that is responsible for numerous high-profile designs including VIP event space for ESPN, set design for the Dew Tour and the College Football Playoff suites.

Illustration of robot in the jaws of a monster, by Brian Kappel
Man looking at futuristic robotic insect. Work by Brian Kappel.
Faceted illustration of woman and flowers by Brian Kappel.

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Galleries, Studios and Workshops
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Stacks of colorful design posters of major U.S. cities, hanging from the ceiling.
Stacks of colorful design posters of major U.S. cities, hanging from the ceiling.

DArt Design Studio

The DArt Design Studio computer and peripheral labs are available 24 hours a day to the entire DArt community, and are primarily for student

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Stacks of colorful design posters of major U.S. cities, hanging from the ceiling.


The digiFAB lab is the home for digital fabrication equipment that is used for design and research projects by faculty and students in Stuckeman

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Stacks of colorful design posters of major U.S. cities, hanging from the ceiling.

Rouse Gallery

Located in the main entryway of the Stuckeman Family Building, the Willard G. Rouse gallery houses special exhibits by leaders in the fields of

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Stacks of colorful design posters of major U.S. cities, hanging from the ceiling.

Stuckeman Shop

The Stuckeman Shop provides an excellent opportunity for motivated students to develop their ideas and transform drawings into three-dimensional objects. The Stuckeman School employs

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Faculty Spotlight

Red, white, and blue flag-motif and KKK white hoods graphic for anti-hate poster.
Red, white, and blue flag-motif and KKK white hoods graphic for anti-hate poster.

Ryan Russell

Associate Professor of Graphic Design

The Bienal del Cartel Bolivia BICeBé – a biennial elite international design event in Bolivia – attracts the best designs from Latin America and around the world while promoting a humanistic approach to design. Two posters designed by Ryan Russell, associate professor of graphic design, were accepted into the 2019 BICeBé. Russell’s poster for “Deconstructing Symbols of Hate in America” was selected in the cultural category. His other selected poster, this time in the advertising category, was for an immersive augmented reality exhibition called “TOUCH.”

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Palmer Museum Director Erin Coe
Dec 3

Insight: Museum Conversations - How Exhibitions Are Made

Insight: Museum Conversations - How Exhibitions Are Made Thursday, December 3, 4:00 p.m. Link to join: Ever wonder about the process of curating an


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Bach's Lunch: Voice Jury Honors

CSED All Faith Chapel
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Dec 3

Voice Jury Honors "Bach's Lunch" is a weekly Thursday afternoon concert series during the school year, jointly sponsored by the School of Music and the

MM Virtual Lecture Recital: Joy Bohannon, voice

Zoom Meeting ID: 936 8116 7362 Password: 054774
Dec 4

Joy Bohannon’s Lecture Recital “Poetry for Singers: A Pedagogical Resource; Surveying Movements in Poetry and Voice in English Art Song” Zoom Meeting ID: 936 8116

DMA Solo Recital: Yera Kim, piano

Music I 121 Esber Rehearsal Hall
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Dec 4

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News from A&A

SoVA team receives grant to facilitate remote teaching of ceramics

SoVA Ceramics faculty received a grant to transform Intro to Ceramics into a completely remote course.

Kris Grey, visiting artist and assistant teaching professor in ceramics, is the leader of a team of Penn State School of Visual Arts faculty and students who received a Schreyer Institute

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Alfred curates exhibition highlighting sound and the visual arts

Brian Alfred, associate professor of art, is the curator of “Sound & Color,” a group exhibition at Miles McEnery Gallery in New York City that runs through December 19.
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Landscape architecture professor develops online training in streetscape design

Paul Daniel Marriott, associate professor of landscape architecture, has partnered with the National Preservation Institute to develop an online streetscape design training course.
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