Great Careers and Jobs in the Creative Design Field!
A Bachelor of Fine Arts: Design (commonly known as graphic design, visual communications, or commercial art) allows you to apply your creative abilities towards careers in advertising, publishing, corporate in-house design, and the ever growing new media design market.
You want to be creative and get paid to do it?
The Design program is where you prepare for such a career. The idea of the “starving artist” is a total myth when you are a well-prepared and knowledgeable designer. Graphic design demands that 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. Design is an inter-disciplinary area of study. A broad knowledge base in a range of topics inside and outside the major makes for a stronger designer. There is high demand in the design field for individuals who can think critically and problem-solve, who are creative, visual, technically savvy, and who are well-organized and efficient.
Preparing graphic designers for successful careers in the professional design field is the mission and goal of Truman State University’s Design program.
See the student gallery of design and illustration at the bottom of this page.
Learn a wide range of skills
At Truman, you will explore your creative side by undertaking projects in corporate identity, using:
- Print media design (posters, ads, books, brochures, magazines, etc.)
- Typography design – layout and letterform
- Advertising design
- Web design
- Package design
- Motion graphic design
- Interface design
- 3D Modeling
- 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 our dedicated computer lab 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 Creative Cloud, the professional-grade software in your courses, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Acrobat Pro, Flash, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Premier, and AfterEffects.
Required technology for design concentration majors
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 backup 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 station Mac computer lab with scanners for student use too. A design student can survive just fine without purchasing these 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 and expected of students.
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 on to employment in places such as:
- Lagom Design
- Lockton Affinity
- Innova Marketing
- Elsevier Publishing
- Discovery Communications
- University of Missouri-Columbia
- Auburn University
- Back Forty Creative
Design class blogs
ART201 Design Software and Process
ART320 Graphic Design-Visual Communications I
ART321 Graphic Design-Visual Communications II
ART337 Introduction to 3D Modeling, Motion and Animation
ART338 Intermediate 3D Modeling, Motion and Animation
ART420 Graphic Design-Visual Communications III
ART421 Graphic Design-Visual Communications IV
ART438 Advanced 3D Modeling, Motion and Animation
ART488 Capstone: Graphic Design-Visual Communications
See the Art Major & Minor FAQ for more info about the program. You may also be interested in our Art History, Design, Photography and Studio Art minor programs.
Student Work Gallery
12 February 2017 | 3:24 am
Department chair and painting professor Aaron Fine has a new book out! Are Not Books will have his new book, Dialogues on Color, for sale at the 2017 conference of the College Art Association, which starts on Valentine’s Day in New York City. If you will be at CAA, drop into their booth and take…Read more Congratulations Professor Aaron Fine!
11 February 2017 | 2:48 am
Last week the Art Department was pleased to welcome back Dr. Jasmine (Fry) Cloud, who completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History at Truman in 2005. After Truman, she earned her Master’s in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her PhD from Temple University in 2014. Currently an Assistant Professor at…Read more Visiting Scholar: Jasmine (Fry) Cloud, class of 2005