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BA in Graphic and Interactive Design

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Program Overview

Students present portfolios to one another at the Rocky Top Student Center during Portfolio Day.

Portfolio overview

Students display portfolios at the Rocky Top Student Center during Portfolio Day — a networking event where graduating seniors present their work to corporate leaders.

Communication through design

Interactive and graphic designers have more ways than ever to communicate visually with their audiences. We teach you theories of design as well as a broad range of practical skills — from design thinking to mastering industry standard software — that are needed to pursue a successful career in web design, UX/UI, motion graphics, and print and online publishing.

You’ll build a strong foundation in design, including understanding your audience, ideation methods, prototyping and implementation. With small classes, you’ll receive individual attention from your professors, all of whom maintain ties with the professional world that complement their teaching. 

And you’ll hone your verbal and visual communication skills through group work and presentations. Our curriculum reflects current, real-world practices, and you’ll have the most up-to-date technology and software in several labs for both course work and independent projects. Upon graduation, you’ll have a diverse portfolio of work to show potential employers. 

Student Work

Your portfolio begins here

Your experience in our graphic and interactive design program concludes with a capstone project, a culmination of all you have learned and the projects you've worked on in the program. This portfolio-based learning process teaches you how to design for all mediums, from branding and print, to web and mobile app design, and gives you a solid way to market yourself to potential employers and clients. 

Brand Identity

Brand Identity

One of the most important aspects of your capstone is learning to develop and present yourself as a brand. You‘ll start with establishing your own personal logo and branding materials to differentiate yourself and to give a glimpse of your own personal style to potential clients.

Brand Identity Photo Gallery

Web Design

Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics

You’ll learn about the aesthetics and technical aspects of motion graphics and animation, and apply those skills to developing your own vision.

Motion Graphics Video

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Creative public service announcement

Caroline Pettinato '16 created a motion graphic in Adobe Flash that focused on the dangers of littering cigarette butts.

Typography

Typography

Technically speaking, typography is a way to make type readable and appealing, but it is also much more. We believe typography is an integral component of the art of communication and you’ll learn how to use it to effectively deliver your message.

Typography Photo Gallery

Packaging

Packaging

You’ll learn to develop eye-catching and effective packaging while gaining an understanding of branding, consumer demographics and the challenges of production and different materials — all while keeping creativity at the forefront.

Packaging Photo Gallery

Print

Print

Great designers know there is more to print than just ads in a magazine. In our curriculum, you’ll explore and design projects covering all aspects of print, including sales materials and collateral, posters and direct mail, while also learning how to understand your audience and how to speak to them.

Print Photo Gallery

Student Profile Video

Balancing act

Jonathan Grado ’13 is using the skills learned in design and social media to develop marketing plans for his family business, Grado Labs.

Alumni Spotlight

The sweet sound of success

Growing up, Jonathan Grado ’13 had no intention of working in the family business. So, it’s a surprise to many when they learn that he is vice president of marketing at Grado Labs, the internationally recognized manufacturer of hand-made headphones and other audio equipment founded by his family in 1953.

Grado’s journey started at an open house for Quinnipiac’s graphic and interactive design program, where he recognized the potential for what he’s been able to accomplish with the degree.

The program taught Grado how to utilize social media, photography and design to tell a brand’s story and reach new audiences — which his family’s company needed to do. As a sophomore, he singlehandedly created Grado Labs’ social media presence and began running it exclusively.

“It all just snowballed from there,” he said.

For Grado, guiding his family’s already storied company into a new digital era became the jewel of his capstone project and portfolio, which was critiqued by experts from all over New England. 

“With design, all these little aspects come together to paint a bigger picture. Those little things matter, and that’s what I learned at Quinnipiac.”
Jonathan Grado ’13
Vice President of Marketing, Grado Labs

In Their Own Words

Tyler Blinderman '17 sits at her desk with her computer in the background at the Globoforce office.
“My time at Quinnipiac could not have prepared me more for finding a job post-grad. From classes dedicated to freelancing to negotiating salary, the incredible professors I had made sure that I had all of the resources I needed for my transition out into the working world. Even after I graduated, my professors are still just a text or an email away if I have any questions.”
Tyler Blinderman, ’17
Visual Designer, Globoforce
“The small classes and accessible faculty within the Graphic and Interactive Design program have enabled me to thrive within the major – learning on the latest technology and developing anything from websites and mobile applications to motion graphics. I am also able to incorporate real-life experiences because of the networking opportunities, field trips and participation in the AIGA organization (the professional association for design).”
Samantha Baloga ’17
Graphic and Interactive Design
Graphic and interactive design student Samantha Baloga poses with a Quinnipiac scarf on campus.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Graphic and Interactive Design Curriculum

University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
Additional courses outside the School of Communications, one of which must be at the 200-level or higher6
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required Graphic and Interactive Design courses
GID 110Design Research and Methods3
GID 161Web Design I3
GID 250Web Design II3
GID 270Typography I3
GID 301Motion Graphics I3
GID 315Mobile Interaction Design3
GID 410Web Design III3
GID 480Senior Seminar and Portfolio3
Graphic and Interactive Design Electives 3
Select three of the following with the recommendation of the student’s adviser:9
AR 158
Photography I
AR 258
Photography II
COM 490
Communications Career Internship
CSC 110
Programming and Problem Solving
GID 200
Special Topics in Graphics and Interactive Design
GID 210
Graphic Design History
GID 300
Special Topics in GID
GID 305
Digital Photography
GID 370
Typography II
GID 399/499
Advanced Independent Studio Work in Graphic and Interactive Design
GID 400
Special Topics in GID
GID 420
Alternative Interfaces
GID 440
Motion Graphics II
Minor Courses18
Total Credits120
1

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum. Students majoring in Graphic and Interactive Design will complete their Integrative Capstone Requirement within the major with GID 480.  In place of those credits, the student will select an additional unrestricted course in the University Curriculum. 

2

Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.

3

Substitutions to this list are permitted with prior approval of the student’s adviser and the director of graphic and interactive design.

Minor Requirement

Students enrolled in the BA in Graphic and Interactive Design program are required to complete a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. This minor can be from any program either within or outside the School of Communications.

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