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Graphic Design Degree Program

About the Graphic Design Degree Program

Logos. Graphics. Magazines. Clothing. Everywhere you look, printed material displays the work of a graphic designer. Eye-catching design makes a world of difference in advertising, marketing, branding, and more. The Graphic Design degree program at Wayne State College gives you training on the latest design software as a production tool. We focus on teaching the techniques, procedures, and methods – all part of the design process. After completing the Graphic Design degree program at Wayne State College, you will be open to a broad range of career opportunities.

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Fast Facts

Degrees offered: B.A. in Art/Graphic Design

Hours required:
For concentration: 56
General education: 30
To graduate from WSC: 120

Popular minors: Editing and Publishing, Online and Social Media, Computer Information Systems, Business Administration, Web and Mobile App Design, Promotion and Media

School: Arts and Humanities

Department(s): Art and Design

Accreditation: National Association of Schools of Art and Design


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Danielle Meyer, graphic design student

Wayne State’s Graphic Design degree program provides hands-on experience, small class sizes, and opportunities to develop a career. We take pride in helping students realize their dreams. That pride starts in the classroom with professors who encourage students to push themselves to their full potential.


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Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world after you earn your Graphic Design degree.

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Skills Learned

  • Adobe® creative software
  • Creating and manipulating digital images
  • Designing for print and digital media
  • Typography and illustration
  • Animation and interactive media
  • Advanced drawing techniques
  • Painting with oil and watercolor
  • Printmaking and etching
  • Fundamentals of web design
  • History of art throughout various civilizations and cultures
  • Project and time management
  • Critical thinking and observation  
  • Creative communication and expression

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Possible Careers

  • Graphic designer
  • Art director
  • Multimedia designer
  • Layout designer
  • Corporate / in-house designer
  • Web designer / developer
  • Print designer
  • Package designer
  • User experience (UX) designer
  • User interface (UI) designer
  • Screen printer

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  • Graphic design firms
  • Online retailers
  • Marketing agencies
  • Advertising agencies
  • Photography studios
  • Printing companies
  • Clothing companies
  • Sign companies
  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Small and large businesses
  • Government offices
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Colleges, universities, and schools

Learn From the Best

Our faculty are accomplished professionals that have been recognized as experts in their fields. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in the Graphic Design degree program.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State, you have opportunities to enhance your education in the Graphic Design degree program by participating in clubs, organizations, art shows, internships, and more.

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Shows and Exhibits

  • Senior art exhibit – As a senior, you’ll get the chance to share your artwork on campus at the Nordstrand Art Gallery.
  • Juried student exhibit – This art show takes place at the end of each spring semester, where your work is reviewed, judged, and prizes awarded.
  • Visiting Artist Program – Regionally or nationally recognized artists display their work in the Nordstrand Visual Arts Gallery in media that build upon art and design courses.
  • Regional, national, and international graphic design competitions
  • Senior portfolio
  • ArtsWalk
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  • Art sales – At the end of the semester, you will have the opportunity to sell your own artwork. You’ll be involved in organizing, advertising, scheduling, and handling all art sales.
  • Trips, workshops, and more – Visit galleries, museums, and graphic design firms. Participate in visiting artist workshops and critiques, help with Art Day festivities, and help promote art to youth through the high school outreach program.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
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All students need to complete an internship before graduating from the Graphic Design degree program. An internship in the graphic arts field is required to earn credit toward your degree. Career Services is available to help you find the best internship opportunities. 

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