In the Summer of 2011, Daniel Herron ‘12 and several other Art Department students spent six weeks in Lausanne, Switzerland doing what they love best—graphic design and photography. “We studied Swiss design and typefaces, which has been incredibly influential,” Daniel said. “We got professional experience and class credit. It didn’t have to be one or the other.”
The Graphic and Web Design program at JBU began in 1990 and is currently one of the largest majors on campus. While the traditional graphic design field focuses on print, today’s graphic designer must be well versed in web design and flash animation, both of which are taught at JBU.
Design concept and techniques are both emphasized and students take courses to broaden their knowledge in design, computer graphics and core liberal arts courses.
The program currently includes two 24-station Mac labs installed with software for design, photography, video production, 3D modeling and animation. Student equipment is technologically current and each Mac lab is open 24/7. Both the Windgate Visual Art West (pictured right) and the Windgate visual Art East buildings are available for student use.
Typical design projects include logos, brochures, posters, advertising, publications, flash animations and websites. Students develop professional portfolios and complete internships, which gives them experience for their careers of choice.
What stands out about graphic design for Daniel? “Our program may be smaller than some large universities, but we are dedicated to being state-of-the-art,” he said. “A lot of bigger programs want to discover protégés rather than create them. Here, if you are committed to working hard, JBU enables you to become great.”