Graphic Design

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The Graphic Design program at ECSU combines state of the art professional practice with a solid liberal arts grounding. The program boasts an exceptionally well trained and award winning faculty of professionals in the industry. Armed with academic degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious institutions, they bring a wealth of theoretical and practical knowledge aimed at providing students with real-world challenges while equipping them with the skills needed to meet those challenges.

Our vision is to grow the leaders of the next generation in graphic design. To accomplish this, the art faculty seeks to develop lifetime learners with the critical thinking skills and artistic prowess necessary to speak the language of design. Our focus is on our students and the relationship with their craft, their colleagues and the surrounding community. 

The program is housed in a modern fine art complex that includes two Apple iMac design labs with regular and over-sized print capabilities. Graphics, illustration, animation and video editing software are available in both labs. The program also offers a rich variety of electives in traditional media such as painting, printmaking, photography, filmmaking and stained glass.

The program also offers a Minor in Film and Animation that includes aspects of film theory and production, as well as 3D Modeling and Animation, building on 2D animation skills developed within the graphic design major.

Plan of Study
Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design
Minor in Film and Animation

The Graphic Design Lab is one of two state-of-the art lab facilities used by ECSU Graphic Design students. Here you’ll find 32” monitors on the Apple Mac OS, with industry standard software like, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, After Effects, Muse; Autodesk Maya, etc. Students learn to develop print communication design like: magazines, posters, bill boards, logos, etc. They also design for the screen, e.g., websites, motion graphics, digital video editing, 3D modeling and animation, and app development. Peripherals include large-format plotters, printers, scanners, SmartBoard, LCD projectors, Internet access, etc.

Photography Studio

Photography Darkroom

Painting Studio

Drawing Studio

Students are required to compile a portfolio and participate in the annual portfolio review to determine if adequate progress is being made. All students are expected to proceed through the required sequence of courses and are required to achieve a grade of "C" or better in courses in all ART and ARTH courses.

Non-art Majors are permitted to register for art courses on a space-available basis. Priority for enrollment is given to art students to ensure that the curriculum guide is properly followed. Students enrolled are required to purchase art supplies.

Students seeking a B.S. in Graphic Design are required to submit a portfolio for review during the Spring semester of their freshman, sophomore and junior year in the program.

Students seeking a B.S. in Graphic Design are required to mount a senior show and assemble a portfolio showcasing work that represents the student’s unique style and demonstrates overall artistic skills and abilities.

The Graphic Design program has an active internship program that provides students with opportunities to work with local businesses and arts organizations.


A collection of current and former ECSU Visual Art students art and design works.



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Visual Arts

M.L. Burnim Fine Arts Center
219 STEM Complex
Campus Box 780
Phone: (252) 335-3359
Fax: (252) 335-3779