Graphic Design

Our graphic design program is in the business of both teaching and empowering multimedia rockstars.

An illustration a dancing digital rainbow.

Our multimedia photography and design programs prepare students for creative careers by teaching both traditional storytelling and the latest technology.

Graphic designers are a crucial link in the communications model, solving design problems for clients through agencies specializing in design, advertising or public relations. They are key to magazine and editorial design, and in web and multimedia design. Some designers cross media platforms by working independently as freelancers.

Our approach to teaching visual communications

As a graphic design student at Newhouse, you learn a multi-dimensional approach to visual communications. You study typography, layout, color, movement, space, visual hierarchy and use of imagery to create beautifully crafted and visually literate designs using state-of-the-art computer software programs.

Working collaboratively on multiple platforms, you become a visual problem solver and communicator, capable of working in every phase of production—from writing and editing to photographing, imaging and designing. You develop a versatile senior portfolio that will prepare you for career opportunities in almost every sector of the communications industry.

Professional experience sets our faculty apart

Our multimedia photography and design faculty—who come from a variety of fields including interactive design, journalism, advertising, fashion and illustration—are multimedia experts who teach using the latest digital tools. Class work is supplemented by work in professional internships, workshops and collaborative projects with actual clients.

You can also discuss graphic design with visiting speakers and practice and enhance your skills as a design editor or art director for more than 18 student-run campus publications.

Featured Faculty:
Ken Harper

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Associate Professor Multimedia Photography & Design Also teaches in: Graphic Design Communications Photography Communications Photography

Ken Harper is an award-winning designer, professor, photojournalist and media educator. He has worked as a multimedia designer and producer for The Rocky Mountain News,, New York Life, Bausch & Lomb and various nonprofit organizations including the United Nations, the Bahá’í Faith, The Electronic Intifada and Aidchild.

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