Art & Design Concentrations

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Art, graphic design, and digital design occupy a powerful place in the array of tools and opportunities that are at a student’s disposal for the purpose of communication and expression. Through art, one is able to give voice in expressive language to the thoughts and feelings which lie deeper than ordinary speech. As a graphic designer, one is able to create a particular visual interpretation and expression of the non-visual aspects of all types of communication. As a digital artist, one has the opportunity to communicate through a dynamic medium on an unprecedented scale in ways with the potential to directly affect people around the world. Unlike the medium of print, the predominant medium of mass communication for centuries, communication through digital graphic design is especially powerful due to its virtually infinite “scalability.” The number of people who can receive the artifacts of design and communication can expand, in theory, to any level without the need for the content creator to invest any additional resources on a corresponding scale. Not only does this reduce or eliminate barriers to growth that confront traditional print publishers, but it can also give a powerful voice to people who, in the past, would have gone unheard.

What will I study?

The Art & Design Major offers concentrated studies in Graphic Design, Illustration, Studio Art and General Art for Education. Included are extensive course offerings in all levels of digital visual communication design and a strong program in traditional fine arts. Students in graphic design study typography, layout, computer graphics, multimedia, motion, web design, illustration, painting, and drawing. Students in the Illustration concentration have the opportunity to study several aspects of illustration including editorial and storyboard art, as well as fantasy and graphic novels. The Studio Art concentration is an integral part of all studies in Art & Design. As a common foundation for all students and for advanced studies in Studio Art the department offers many levels of drawing, painting, figure drawing, and methods and materials.

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Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, virtually all of our seniors take part in an internship program which places students in professional positions at local design, advertising, and marketing companies. The internship program is a key component in preparing students for entry into the professional world of design.

Companies our students typically intern with include:

  • Ryan Partnership
  • Greystone Advertising Group
  • Sikorsky Aircraft
  • Trilegiant/Affinion
  • GE Capital
  • Blackbay Entertainment, Hollywood, CA
  • The National Hockey League
  • TracyLocke
  • The Minuteman Newspapers
  • The Beardsley Zoo
  • Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment
  • O'Halloran Advertising
  • GrayGraham
  • Byte Interactive

Learn more about our internship opportunities

What are my career options with a degree in Art & Design?

Upon graduation many of our students have chosen to remain and work in Fairfield County and the surrounding areas of Connecticut, New York City, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. 

Below is a list of some of leading companies who have hired our graduates for full-time positions:

  • J. Walter Thompson (JWT) in NYC
  • Chief Executive Group in Stamford, CT
  • Catapult Marketing in Norwalk, CT
  • Forbes Magazine in NYC
  • Burt’s Bees Baby in Westport, CT
  • Alcone Marketing Group
  • Bon Appétit Magazine in NYC
  • The National Hockey League in NYC
  • American Cruise Lines in NYC

Learn more about our alumni success

What facilities and resources are available to students?

Facilities include a digital design laboratory with state-of-the-art Macintosh computers and a second audiovisual design studio, both with complete wireless computer support; a full complement of the latest versions of all industry-standard software; multiple professional-grade color printers; and large and standard format scanners. In addition, five studios are dedicated exclusively for our Art & Design students.

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Will I be able to study abroad?

Yes, to learn more about our study abroad opportunities available to students, visit our study abroad website.

What co-curricular activities are available?

The Clubs & Organizations was established to help students develop confidence, grace, strength, flexibility and a knowledge of art. The club provides the opportunity for students to learn about art and creativity express themselves. Activities range from student art exhibits, going to local schools & introducing children to the world of art as well as engaging the SHU community in what they have to offer.