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As a graphic design student at Carthage, you’ll learn how to present and create amazing visual content. 

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  • Graphic Design

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Graphic design majors at Carthage are equipped with the versatility to work in a wide range of occupations. Students gain a thorough understanding of the design principles underlying everything from web design to photography and employ them in projects using industry-standard software. Upper-level courses drill deeper into their chosen specialties.

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A photo from the 2022 Art Walk, where Carthage art students display their work. original work

The senior seminar culminates in a personal design exhibition, giving you the chance to display a portfolio of your best work. This final portfolio can be tailored to your professional interests.

 

career Opportunities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 3 percent growth in jobs for graphic designers through 2031, in part due to the need for professionals who can “create visually appealing and effective layouts of websites and social media sites.”

Many Carthage alumni are independent graphic designers, while others hold positions with employers such as:

  • GFX International
  • Northern Ground (digital agency)
  • ABC 7 Chicago
  • The Onion
  • Kohler
  • Jockey International
  • Winnetka (Illinois) Park District
  • Good Foods Group
  • Pivot Design

More about Graphic Design Careers

 

Graphic Design 2018 Senior Show Student Opportunities

Many students get involved in DRAFT, a campus organization for those interested in graphic design. Faculty arrange tours of design studios in the Chicago-Milwaukee corridor multiple times each year, and seniors often participate in the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ statewide portfolio review. Prof. Huaracha regularly leads J-Term study tours to photograph nature in locations like Arizona and Costa Rica.

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