Digital Media & Design: Graphic Design

Art Studio Department

Paul Jacklitch
(440) 826-5911, pjacklit@bw.edu

Computer Science Department

Jodi Tims
(440) 826-2052, jltims@bw.edu

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OVERVIEW

Creating impact that addresses strategic communication needs is at the core of BW's graphic design major.

The major, which is part of the digital media and design program, will help you develop the technical skills and creative vision needed for this dynamic career field.

Coursework in communication, art and computer science provide a strong foundation for the program. You'll learn how to create compelling visuals, write targeted messages and enhance web and media usability through photography, videography, programming and graphic design.

Real-world focused, the major offers diverse hands-on learning and portfolio-building opportunities that showcase your work.

A required internship enables you to apply classroom concepts to practical situations. You'll build an impressive website and create collateral materials that solve client communication needs.

BW's proximity to Cleveland puts you within easy access to networking, internship and job shadowing connections at corporations, government and nonprofit agencies, advertising and media organizations, and more.

Career Opportunities

  • Web design
  • Graphic design
  • Multimedia news producer
  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Marketing
  • Publishing

CURRICULUM

Offered as a major, graphic design prepares you for diverse employment opportunities in communication.

Integrative coursework helps you to build competencies in critical thinking, creative and technical design, effective uses of digital media and production techniques.

A related major to this program is the interactive design major. It focuses on advanced computer programming, user interactivity and database connectivity as they relate to digital media and design.

Course descriptions, requirements for the major and additional information can be found in the University Catalog.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Small class sizes, individual attention and faculty mentoring are at the core of BW's digital media and design program.

Experiential learning bridges classroom study with real-world opportunities. You can enhance your studies through internships, co-curricular activities and other learning opportunities that include:

Internships

BW's proximity to Cleveland puts you within a 20-minute drive to outstanding opportunities. Most students have multiple internships prior to graduation.

Independent Study

Independent study offers students enrichment opportunities beyond the classroom for individualized and advanced study. Students work one-on-one with a faculty member.

Research

In addition to curriculum-based research opportunities, students can get involved with an ongoing research group, Computing Research at BW.

Fawick Gallery

The gallery holds six exhibitions each year that feature student work and Ohio artists.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Personally and professionally rewarding, student organizations and activities foster career skills, leadership and teamwork. Opportunities include:

Art Attack Club
The club provides opportunities for students to learn about the fields of studio and visual arts to help prepare them for careers in the visual arts or for further study.

Digital Marketing Clinic
A hybrid between a class and an internship, BW's Digital Marketing Clinic is a student-run, experience-driven agency offering digital marketing expertise to local businesses. In addition to gaining portfolio-building, real-world experience and networking opportunities, students can earn certifications from digital marketing applications like Hubspot and Hootsuite. 

Digital media and design students are regularly recognized for their achievements. At the annual Honors Ceremony in the spring, recognitions include:

The Anthony and Patricia Lauria Scholarship in Computer Science and Information Systems (in honor of Dr. Anthony Lauria, a professor of mathematics and computer science 1984-2002, and Patricia Kirby Lauria '91).

The Charles and Elsie Little Scholarship (honoring the parents of Dr. Richard Little, professor of mathematics 1975-2013).

The Lubrizol Computing Award (funded by the Lubrizol Foundation).

Outstanding Computing Student Award (in honor of Kenneth Weiss Jr. who taught at BW 1972-2010).

Outstanding Senior Awards, which recognize a student in each of the computing majors.

The Sullivan/Schmidt Prize for Computing (in honor of Chris Sullivan, who was an administrator/adjunct faculty member, and his grandparents).

The Robert Schlea Mathematics Scholarship (in honor of Robert Schlea who taught at BW 1957-1991).

Study Abroad Boosts Career Marketability

The opportunity to experience another culture and gain an international perspective is invaluable to your professional development and will add to your career options. Benefits include:

  • Understanding art and design issues from an international perspective
  • Expanding cross-cultural communication and problem-solving skills
  • Preparing for an increasingly diverse and international workplace
  • Broadening academic horizons
  • Improving language skills (although most classes are taught in English)
  • Experiencing a different culture
  • Building an international network of contacts

ALUMNI SUCCESS

At Baldwin Wallace, you’ll experience personal and professional growth in a supportive community that challenges and inspires you to succeed.

Baldwin Wallace has long championed the success of its students. Evidence of this can be seen in the extraordinary achievements of its alumni spread throughout the United States and the world.

Among recent accolades, 92 percent of graduates from the Class of 2014 reported being in rewarding jobs or in graduate school studies within six months after graduation.