Design Major

A Bachelor of Fine Arts: Design (sometimes known as visual communications, commercial art or graphic design) allows you to apply your creative abilities toward a career in advertising, publishing, corporate in-house design, and the ever-growing new media design market. It demands you possess the skills, outlook, and sensitivity of a fine artist, the technical knowledge of a computer science major, and the market savvy of a marketing major.

Recommended Technology

Platform specifications:
Apple Macintosh or Windows PC with minimum 1TB hard drive and 16GB RAM and backup drive. Note: Laptops (Macs and PC’s) seem to have a shorter lifespan than do desktop systems, so a 1 or 2 TB back drive is highly recommended.

Peripherals: For graphic designers, there are many peripherals to consider – scanners, graphic drawing tablets, DLSR cameras, iPad/tablets and large format printers. The Design program has tablets, printers and cameras for use by students and the department has a 20 Mac, computer lab with scanners for student use too. A design student can survive just fine without purchasing peripherals as long as they are well organized, able to plan ahead and have disposable income to pay for large-format printing.

Graphic Design and Art are expensive concentrations and purchasing materials, supplies and printing is required of students.

Learn a wide range of skills

At Truman, you will explore your creative side by undertaking projects in corporate identity, using:

  • Print media design (posers, ads, books, brochures, magazines, etc.)
  • Typography design — layout and letterform
  • Advertising design
  • Web design
  • Package design
  • Illustration
  • Motion graphic design
  • Interface design
  • 3D Modeling
  • Animation
  • Multimedia presentations

In the process, you’ll also become proficient with sketching, pencil and marker comps, traditional illustration methods and production art. By graduation, you’ll be able to execute conceptually-creative visual solutions, regardless of the media, for a broad range of design problems.

Use professional grade facilities & software

You’ll use one dedicated compute labs equipped with Macintosh computers, scanners, graphic tablets, b/w and color laser printers, and large format inkjet printers —  as well as a more traditional media studio for ink, dry media and gouache watercolor illustration techniques. You’ll also become intimately familiar with the Adobe Creatives Cloud, the professional-grade software in your courses, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Premier, and AfterEffects.

Preparing for Lives That Matter

With a degree from Truman, you’ll be in high demand for a variety of jobs in the workforce. Our students have gone to employment in places such as:

  • Dreamworks Animation
  • Innova Marketing
  • Elsevier Publishing
  • Fleishman-Hillard
  • Discovery Communications
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Drupal Project

See the Art Major & Minor FAQ for more info about the program. You may also be interested in our Art History, Studio Art, and art minor programs.

For information on events, alumni, faculty creative work and scholarship, and lots more, please visit the Art Department blog.

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