STUDIO ART MINOR
The art & design program offers a variety of foundational art courses students can take to fulfill electives or a minor in art. A minor in art provides students of all majors the opportunity to integrate visual literacy, critical thinking, and creative problem solving with other academic and research interests. Composed of 18 credit hours, the minor focuses on courses that develop a student's aesthetic, theoretical, and experiential skills while expanding their intellectual knowledge, individual expressivity, and global perspective of the visual arts.
GRAPHIC DESIGN MAJOR & MINOR
Graphic design focuses on the practice of designing innovative visual solutions and experiences across various media, including print and digital. The graphic design program provides a multidisciplinary education including a foundation in art and design principles, with specialized classes in design thinking, motion graphics, web design, video production and corporate brand communication.
WHAT IS GRAPHIC DESIGN?
At its most basic level, graphic design is a creative process that combines the visual arts and technology to communicate ideas. It begins with a message that, in the hands of a talented designer, is transformed into visual communication that inspires, educates, entertains, informs, and influences.
WHAT MAKES GRAPHIC DESIGN AT DC UNIQUE?
Our graphic design program supports the idea that an artist and designer can make a difference not only in the strategic plan of a business but also in the world. During their time on campus, students develop projects that aspire to positively influence the lives of culturally diverse people, critique the ethical dimensions of contemporary culture, and give visual form to complex social issues.
After graduation, students have had successful careers in the industry working in creative environments such advertising agencies, design firms, marketing firms, and in-house. With a broad array of skill sets upon graduation, students enter into a variety of disciplines such as editorial design, packaging design, branding, web design, app development, game design and more! Many graduates have also continued to serve their local community through freelance and pro-bono opportunities.
The Art Center is home to spacious studios, a recently renovated computer lab with a high-quality, large-format printer, 3D printers and a laser engraver, a seminar room, a photography studio with professional lighting and portrait staging, and a woodshop. Extended studio hours provide students with evening access to the Art Center and its resources.
The WCG cultivates knowledge and understanding of the arts by hosting a wide array of academic and community programs, events, and exhibitions throughout the year. Exhibitions include works by local, regional, and national artists, as well as DC students and faculty. As a teaching tool, the gallery provides students the opportunity to engage with artists through small group lectures, gallery talks, and studio demonstrations. As a dedicated venue, faculty and students use the space to exhibit creative work.
DC'S PERMANENT ART COLLECTION
The permanent art collection provides faculty and students access to hundreds of artistic artifacts for academic research and study.
Creating Defiance is a student-run design studio whose mission is to provide visual communication services to the College and local community while giving design and interdisciplinary students the opportunity to work on real world projects.
"DESIGN MAKES A DIFFERENCE"
An annual student exhibit that takes place as part of the College's Academic Colloquium and Honors Symposium. Students of all majors verbally present their creative work focused on art and design as civic engagement and social contribution.
Graphic design majors prepare for real world experience through a professional internship. Students have interned at a variety of local business including Sauder Woodworking, the Tuttle Museum, the Crescent-News, the Cleveland Indians, the City of Van Wert, CE Electrics, the Fun Factory, and First Federal Bank.