Degrees Offered:
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

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Prof. Jolene Powell

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Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program at Marietta College supports the conceptual and creative development of the modern designer with a curriculum that covers the many facets of the design field. Graduates will leave the program with confidence that they will succeed at pursuing a career in graphic design.

Students are trained in fundamental studio art mediums. Those skills are then translated to a digital workflow using industry standard equipment - Macintosh computers, and a host of contemporary tools housed in the Graphics Design Lab in Hermann Fine Arts Center. While the Design Lab hosts the majority of classroom lectures, demonstrations, and student work area, additional classes in painting, printmaking, art history and research assignments take graphic design students across many disciplines to offer exposure to a variety ideas and methods.

Student Expectations and Costs

Students do not need a portfolio to be accepted into the Graphic Design program. Prospective students who do have a well developed portfolio of Studio Art or Graphic Design may wish to apply for the Art Scholarship . There is a formal review of student work during the sophomore year. This student presentation to the Studio Art and Graphic Deign Faculty serves as a critical assessment of the student’s progress, and is aimed at evaluating the students success, commitment, and future potential in the program.

Students who wish to earn a degree a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design will have financial and time commitments particular to the discipline. Supplies for any graphic designer include specialty paper, ink, cutting tools ect. and are required for many classes in addition to class textbooks. Many graphic design classes have additional ancillary fees used to fund the costs of the design lab operation and upkeep.

A dedication and commitment to personal development is also expected of students majoring in Graphic Design. Unique and original ideas are encouraged and fostered in the program. Students who are able to make time outside of the classroom to develop their skill, craft, and own independent sensibilities and styles will benefit the greatest.

Students do not need to invest in their own personal computer – up to date hardware and software is offered and accessible to all enrolled students. Its use is encouraged for all underclassman. Upper class students who have gained both an understanding of Macintosh Computers and a dedication to graphic design may wish to acquire their own machine, as their academic demands grow.

Requirements for a Minor in Graphic Design

Due to the programs close relationship with the Art Department; many students seek an additional Minor in Graphic Design. The requirements to receive this distinction are as follows.

  • ART 101 : Drawing I
  • ARTH 162 : Design Appreciation
  • GRPH 201 : Software for Design
  • GRPH 220 : Sophomore Design I
  • GRPH 230 : Sophomore Design II
  • GRPH 240 : Computer Typography
  • GRPH 325 : Motion & Interaction


Each major in Graphic Design selects a topic or project to work on during the senior year. All work for the course is new and not samples from all four years, and each culminates in a capstone exhibition. Students work with a committee headed by one faculty member, where they also have access to visiting artists and designers.



The Hermann Fine Arts Center introduces you to artists and designers through guest lecturers and exhibitions. The main gallery hosts at least three exhibitions per semester, featuring work in a variety of traditional and contemporary approaches. The student gallery is available for individual student or group exhibitions throughout the academic year.

Along with a Mac-based computer lab that supports the latest design software and professional-grade scanners and printers, you'll also have access to art studios that provide facilities for printmaking, painting, design, drawing, and ceramics.


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Here is an outline of courses a Graphic Design major might take:

The following list is a suggested sequence of coursework within the program to fulfill the four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Marietta College.

Refer to the current Marietta College Course Catalog for updated course offerings.

Individual schedules will be made with assistance from faculty advisors.

Freshman Year

ART 101 : Drawing I

ART 102 : Drawing II

ARTH 162 : Design Appreciation

GRPH 201 : Software for Design

Sophomore Year

ART 203 : Flat & Solid Design

GRPH 220 : Sophomore Design I

GRPH 230 : Sophomore Design II

GRPH 240 : Computer Typography

Junior Year

GRPH 305 : Junior Design I

GRPH 315 : Junior Design II

GRPH 325 : Motion & Interaction

GRPH 350 : Internship

ART Elective

Senior Year

GRPH 410 : Senior Design

GRPH 310 : Design Practices

ART 487 : Senior Seminar

ART 488 : Senior Seminar

GRPH 430 : Portfolio & Self-Promotion

ARTH Elective

ART Elective

click to expandPlaces a Degree Can Take You

In Marietta's graphic design program, you'll gain real-world experience working at a design firm, advertising agency, or other related business in the industry for an entire semester. Your internship will last at least 140 hours and can take place here in Marietta, in your hometown, or anywhere in the world.

Clubs & Organizations
For students who want to pursue art outside the classroom, the Art and Design Group promotes art on campus and sponsors student exhibitions, field trips, and activities.

The Arts and Humanities Council works with other campus organizations to offer programs that support creativity and interest in the fine arts and humanities at Marietta.

The international honorary art fraternity, Kappa Pi, recognizes the academic achievements of graphic design and studio art majors through yearly chapter inductions. The members of Marietta's Kappa Pi chapter actively engage in campus and community service projects related to the arts.


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The Valdis and Missy Hall Garoza Scholarship provides financial assistance to qualified students majoring in graphic design or studio art.

The Fine Arts Talent Competition awards scholarships to encourage participation in the arts, and to reward students who enrich Marietta's cultural environment. The scholarship is renewable and is awarded in art, music, and theatre.