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The Department of Graphic Design in the Stuckeman School 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.

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

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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, and sculpture – all to elevate your art and impact.

Alumni Spotlight

Metropolitan Opera design director Karin Satrom.

Alumni Spotlight

Karin Satrom

B.Des. in Graphic Design 2001

Karin Satrom leverages her degree in graphic design and photography as the design director at the Metropolitan Opera, where she oversees and creates the concepts and designs for all print and digital materials for each season. To improve efficiency, she reorganized the design team to create an “in-house agency,” the Met Opera Studio.

Billboard poster for Metropolitan Opera's 'Voices Rise' by designer and Penn State alumna Karin Satrom.
Metropolitan Opera's 'Black Voices at the Met' environmental signage by designer and Penn State alumna Karin Satrom.
Metropolitan Opera 2018-19 Season Book cover by designer and Penn State alumna Karin Satrom.

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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.

DigiFab

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 – primarily supporting architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic design students – provides an excellent opportunity for motivated students to develop their ideas


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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.”

Ryan Russell
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Sep 29

Bach’s Lunch – School of Music Voice Area Noontime Concert Lyric Diction Class

Pasquerilla/Eisenhower Chapel
Lyric Diction Class Voice students present a program focusing on English and Italian diction skills developed in class. "Bach's Lunch" is a weekly Thursday afternoon

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Bach’s Lunch – School of Music Voice Area Noontime Concert 3rd- & 4th-Year Voice Students

Pasquerilla/Eisenhower Chapel
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Oct 6

3rd- & 4th-Year Voice Students Upper-level students in voice present a program of favorite songs and arias. "Bach's Lunch" is a weekly Thursday afternoon concert


Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Oct 7

Venue: School of Music Recital Hall Admission Information: to be announcedAvailable Online: School of Music Media Program Information: to be announced COVID Disclaimer: Please review


Men of Song Festival: Closing Concert

Music I 130 Recital Hall
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Oct 8

Venue: School of Music Recital Hall Admission Information: Free  Program Information: to be announced COVID Disclaimer: Please review our Health and Safety Guidelines before attending


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News from A&A

Opera ‘A Marvelous Order’ to make world premiere Oct. 20 in Eisenhower Auditorium

In conjunction with the opera's debut, the Palmer Museum of Art will host an exhibit featuring a collection of the director’s “blueprint” cyanotypes created with the event.

In conjunction, Palmer Museum presents an exhibit of works by opera’s director   The Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State will present the world premiere of the contemporary


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Stuckeman students receive national recognition for graphic design work

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two projects by Penn State graphic design students in the College of Arts and Architecture’s Stuckeman School were recognized by the University and College Designers Association


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Visual arts faculty members and alumni contribute to international art exhibition

“Körperkammer" is a collaborative sculpture created by an international group of women artists to explore the body's relationship with iron.
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