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Graphic Design

College of Arts and Sciences

Location: Crete
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Doane University's Graphic Design prepares students to become successful, socially engaged designers who create effective visual communication informed by global and cultural awareness. We promote conceptual problem solving through research and experimentation, establishing a sustainable and ethical practice, engaging in interdisciplinary collaboration, and utilizing emerging technologies, to continually search for new methods for enhancing the human experience.

In the classroom, students are exposed to a breadth of graphic design specializations and have access to state-of-the-art technology.
Studio course projects include a variety of print and digital applications such as:

  • Packaging Design
  • Infographics
  • Visual Identity Systems
  • Publication Design
  • And Design for Social Change

In addition to graphic design studio courses, the major employs a strong foundation in the arts, an examination of communication, design theory, and history, as well as specialized classes in areas such as web design and motion graphics. 

Throughout their time in the program, students receive personalized attention, allowing them to pursue their individual career interests within the field of graphic design. No matter the area of interest, all graphic design students focus on developing strong concepts and establishing a creative process for becoming a visual problem solver. 

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Program Information

The Graphic Design major prepares students for a variety of career paths within the field of graphic design. 

  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Creative Director
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Editorial/Publication Designer
  • Motion Graphics Designer
  • Package Designer
  • User Experience (UX) Designer
  • User Interface (UI) Designer
  • Environmental Designer
  • Web Designer

American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) Student Group

AIGA is a student group to get students involved in design, and learn the way the design field operates. Programming revolves around learning different aspects of design, as well as helping other students to learn about professional practices. For more Design-centric Student Organizations, visit our Primal Design Student Organization. 

Primal Design

In this student-run design studio, students form creative units led by Art Directors and overseen by a Creative Director to develop work for real clients across campus and in the greater community. The client fees have funded professional development opportunities such as excursions to Chicago for studio visits, and a letterpress workshop at Hamilton Wood Type Museum including overnight accommodation at a Frank Lloyd Wright house.  To get involved, contact Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Meghan Gaul via email at For more Design-centric Student Organizations, visit our American Institute for Graphic Design (AIGA) Student Group.

Meghan Gaul

Associate Professor
Art and Design
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When I visited Doane if felt more like home, when I came here, I felt really comfortable.

Kelli Albracht '19
Graphic Design

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