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Graphic Design

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Graphic design is about visual communication, creating the kind of impact you see almost anywhere you look—company logos, advertisements, books, magazines, signs, posters, websites, product design and packaging. But it’s about more than just creating something that looks pretty—it’s understanding how to pull a number of elements together—typography, photos, colors, and illustrations, for example—to form an effective whole. The results can be deceptively simple, eye-catching, or surprisingly clever. Done well, good graphic design sends the right message to the right audience.

Renn Bauhan

As a design student at KSC, I learned how to efficiently manage my time. Learning how to prioritize tasks has helped immensely so far in my career as a graphic designer in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment."

Renn Bauhan 2014, Art & Design

As a Graphic Design student at Keene State, you’ll learn to integrate form and information for effective visual communication, to develop your own unique style and voice, building an understanding of such areas as design history and theory, interactive design, product development design, motion graphics and 3D design, form, color, typography, photography, and illustration.

Students can pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts or a Bachelor of Arts degree, or a Studio Art and Graphic Design dual option. You can also minor in Art History and Studio Art.

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December 19, 2017 –

During her senior year at Keene State, Elizabeth Gallacher ’17 set out to undertake a series of paintings of the nude female figure. She turned to the model whose poses she captured in her artwork to set the tone.

“Beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, ages, and cultures,” Gallacher wrote…

July 20, 2017 –

Among the many extraordinary first-year students coming to Keene State this fall will be two young women from Nepal. Puja Thapa and Benajil Rai have received scholarships, thanks to the partnership between Keene State and the Nepal-based Little Sisters Fund . The Little Sisters Fund has been working since 1998…

June 19, 2017 –

Hailing from Bow, New Hampshire, newly minted graphic design BFA (with a minor in studio art) Chandler Ives ’17 was recently hired by Calypso Communications, an integrated creative and public relations agency with offices in Portsmouth, N.H. and Portland, Maine. Ives will bring his web design and animation talents to…

January 20, 2017 –

Each year, Associate Professor of Art Randall Hoyt designs a card and animation for Svigals + Partners Architects  that expresses the essence of the New Haven, Connecticut, firm’s philosophy. Over Christmas break, Prof. Hoyt set up a temporary studio in the Media Arts Center and created Together!, an engaging stop-motion…

January 17, 2017 –

When Keene State senior Samantha Moore returned home to Fair Lawn, New Jersey, for the semester break, she didn’t come empty-handed. In addition to a load of laundry, books, and her pink laptop, the graphic design major had a stack of The Equinox, the College’s student newspaper.

While her parents…