The Fairleigh Dickinson University Graphic Design Program believes in their students as complete designers. They are artists, writers, typographers, illustrators, and entrepreneurs. Students learn to succeed as a designer while developing a strong business foundation for their careers.
We offer three areas of concentration; Print Design, Web Design, and Illustration.
- The Print Design Concentration places a strong emphasis on concept development, technical skills, and aesthetics, in problem-solving.
- The Web Design Concentration blends technical skill with design expertise, preparing students for a variety of careers in the interactive industry.
- The Illustration Concentration allows students to focus on developing a personal style while practicing their craft. Imagination and experimentation are encouraged, as students learn techniques in traditional and digital media.
All programs emphasize individual discovery, as students work on collaborative projects that are showcased in a variety of exhibits and displays at the University. Career and freelance skills are taught in upper-level classes. No matter which concentration is chosen, all three instill the creative, technological and philosophical skills necessary to be competitive in today’s market. Creativity and concept are key in the FDU Design Programs.
Print Design Concentration
The Illustration Concentration allows students to focus on developing a personal style while practicing their craft. Imagination and experimentation are encouraged, as students learn technique, traditional and digital media, and attention to detail. Students learn to see themselves as designers and artists.
Trends in drawing, art, and design are taught, helping students find their passion in illustration, through concept development and practicing excellence, through a variety of exhibits, contests, and social media explorations, illustrators can showcase the projects they develop, thereby gaining recognition for their achievements.
Students have an opportunity to illustrate for a variety of important social causes throughout their time at FDU. Creating powerful imagery that addresses critical social issues is an important focus in our program. Designers can learn to use their work to increase public awareness of a variety of social issues, across the globe, as well as on an individual basis.
The FDU Design Studio allows students to gain real-world experience as they work for real clients. The possibilities at FDU are endless.
Web Design Concentration
Web design encompasses the creative process in developing the front-end visuals of a website that work for its target market. It involves both the aesthetics and the mechanics of a website’s operation. At FDU our courses focus on visual creativity and originality while targeting universal use and ease of access to provide information to as many users as possible. Our students learn to use industry-standard software in creating graphics and web pages that conform to today’s standards.