Department ofGraphic Design
Verbal + visual
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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Brian KappelB.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.
DArt Design Studio
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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Composer's ConcertUP: Music I 121 Esber Rehearsal Hall
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Locke's essay published in Field Language: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer
Nancy Locke’s essay (coauthored with Christopher Campbell), “Work, Labor, Matter: Warren Rohrer’s Abstraction,” appears in Field Language: The Painting and Poetry of Warren and Jane Rohrer, edited by Julia Spicher