The graphic design program at Valparaiso University offers solid training and preparation for the contemporary design field. We offer traditional course work in Typography, Corporate Identity, Page Layout, Poster and Package Design, students acquire a broad knowledge of the various design disciplines the profession has to offer. In addition, students may enroll into a 3D modeling and animation course to learn the basics to this related discipline. Advanced students spend time with research and writing projects that help to develop important critical thinking skills.
Valparaiso University, unlike many schools, has committed itself to design by offering some of the best hardware and software tools available in college art programs. This means that while students are learning how to design, they do so with the tools that the industry demands. Our computer lab is equipped with 18 computers, dual large format monitors, high resolution flat bed scanners, laser printers, in-house wide format printing capabilities, and a complete line of creative software such as the Adobe CS3, and Carrara Studio. Our students find everything required to develop their skills as they prepare for a challenging career in graphic design.
Graphic Design students enjoy several opportunities to develop their talents outside the classroom within a variety of campus jobs while designing for the school's various publications. Students may be interested in participating in the Chicago Arts Program during one semester of the junior or senior year. This program offers students the opportunity to fulfill an internship in Chicago with a number of design opportunities.
Instruction in a variety of studio art classes is available at Valparaiso University. Courses include drawing, design, figure drawing, beginning and advanced painting, landscape painting, photography, graphic design, watercolor, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking. Instruction in studio art takes place in the spacious, well-lit studios of the Art-Psychology building where space is available for upper level students to create studios. Student gallery space offers exhibition possibilities and long studio hours allow students daily access to the studios. Three-dimensional facilities include welding, woodworking, plaster casting and ceramics. Field trips to such Chicago museums as the Art Institute, the Terra Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as many different art galleries are a common feature of studio classes. Studio courses are limited to 18 students so that each student possesses maximum room in which to work, direct access to all equipment, and a great deal of individualized attention from faculty. Teacher-student ratios in the Department of Art are very low and classes are taught only by faculty (no teaching assistants).