Graphic Design

The Graphic design emphasis provides students with a thorough intellectual and hands-on understanding of visual communication, and the training to prepare for professional practice.

At Western, the graphic design student acquires a visual language and the means to communicate with it effectively - integrating typography, image development, and the use of design software and photography.

Through a mixture of training and experience, the program develops students’ creative and problem-solving capabilities, while expanding technical and visual skill sets across industry-relevant media and materials. Encouraging and reinforcing the development of that role, faculty guide students in heightening their awareness, expanding their conceptual and organizational abilities, and improving their personal communication and presentation skills. 

Faculty encourage cross-disciplinary studies either as paired electives or independent projects. Beyond the course listings, students find directed study courses particularly viable choices for developing individual interests in print production, illustration, type or package or web design, and other creative or experimental directions. Other naturally allied areas are printmaking, photography, drawing, and painting.

Juniors and Seniors often work on design projects for local and regional non-profit organizations. Involvement on the Pathfinder Magazine production staff allows students another avenue for incorporating classroom skills into a "real world product" — the creation of both an online and a full-color glossy magazine.

Facilities include a newly equipped, extensive Macintosh computer lab with color scanners and wide format color printers. Students work with industry-standard software.

With the help of the department's network among professionals in the field, seniors and graduates have found professional internships, careers and success.

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Courses

FOR REQUIRED COURSES AND DEGREE PLANS, VISIT THE OFFICIAL UNIVERSITY CATALOG. This is a list of courses offered by Western State Colorado University. To ensure the courses you need are offered during the current semester, please visit the current university catalog at http://www.western.edu/catalog. To determined the courses required for your major, check the "Majors and Minors" tab for your area of study.

 ART 246 - INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY (3 credits)

An introduction to contemporary photographic technique incorporating traditional black-and-white analogue photography alongside digital photographic practice and procedure. Lectures introduce topic areas that the student must exercise in lab sessions. Students must supply their own "quality" 35mm or 120mm camera. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 257 - INTRODUCTION TO PRINTMAKING (3 credits)

An introduction to the basic techniques of printmaking including lithography, woodcut, etching, and the collagraph. Emphasis is on the traditional approaches in printmaking. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

 ART 271 - CALLIGRAPHY TYPOGRAPHY (3 credits)

A study of individual letter forms as design elements that relate to visual communication. Prerequisites: ART 120, ART 171, and ART 172.

Faculty & Staff

Faculty

Professor of Art
B.A., Colorado State University; M.A., Adams State College; M.F.A., Kansas State University.
Phone: (970) 943-3080
Office Location: Escalante Terrace 210