Graphic design is the practice-based discipline raising important questions about—and providing significant answers to—how we live. Designers are needed when we don’t know what is needed. Designers propose alternative futures and create new choices using design principles and processes to create, compose and construct meaning in diverse knowledge fields. We provide a broad understanding of the principles and systems of perception, action, and communication. We offer concentrations in the design practices of graphic and information design, interaction design and experience design.
Graphic design makes messages and meaning using visual form and the integration of text and image. It often has a persuasive intention and uses rules of visual composition, form and pattern to enable storytelling or create attention and an ambience for consideration.
Information design focuses on visualizing concepts and data to enhance human understanding of complex and vital knowledge. Interaction design focuses on the creation of navigable interfaces and systems that allow audiences to achieve meaningful goals, connecting people to people and people to information and environments.
Experience design is a holistic systems approach to human and natural environments for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It seeks to improve the various human contexts in which we eat, sleep, travel, work, play, operate, recuperate, cooperate and enjoy life.
Majors: BFA in Design with a concentration in Graphic and Information Design, BAF in Design with a concentration in Interaction, BFA in Design with a concentration in Experience Design.
|Brand Identity Designer||Multimedia Designer|
|Communications Specialist||Photo Editor|
|Computer Graphic||Prepress Technician|
|Creative Art Director in Media||Publications Designer|
|Graphic Artist||Social Network Media Consultant|
|Interaction and Information Designers||Technical Illustrator|
|Layout Artist||User Experience Designer|
|Logo Designer||Web Designer|
Positions that may require additional education, training or licensing are indicated by an (*). Job qualifications are based not only on degree program, but on skills and experience. Students should seek out as many experiential opportunities in their fields of interests as possible, including co-op and internships.
|Cloud Kid||Dassault Sytemes|
|Curious Media||Multimedia Focus|
|Advertising/ Marketing/Public Relations||Higher Education|
|Arts and Entertainment||Museums|
Internships and Co-ops
These samples titles can be used to research internship opportunities.
- Communications Intern
- Design Intern
- Fashion PR Intern
- Graphic Design Intern
- PR/Visual Editor Internship
Use NUcareers, Handshake, SimplyHired.com, Indeed.com, or other internship sites to search for openings.
Websites for Career Exploration
- Bureau of Labor Statistics – Occupational Outlook Handbook
- MassCIS – Massachusetts Information System
- O*NET OnLine
Career Development Videos
- Careers in Advertising, Part 1
- Careers in Advertising, Part 2
- Careers In Mobile Apps
- Careers In Product Development, Design, Marketing or Management
- Careers in Tech Startups
- Careers In The Arts: Putting Your Talent to Work in Community and Youth Programs
- Careers in Web Design and Interactive Media: Part 1
- Careers in Web Design and Interactive Media: Part 2
Websites for Job Search
Campus Organizations & Activities
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Find valuable industry information, job sites, and professionals in the field you may contact for informational interview requests and networking opportunities.
- American Alliance of Museums
- Graphic Arts Guild
- Links to Professional Associations for Artists
- National Assembly of State Art Agencies
- Society of Illustrators
- The Society of Publications Designers
Sample industry specific LinkedIn groups and Twitter handles. Stay on top of industry trends, company information, job listings and networking opportunities. Visit the Social Media and LinkedIn pages for more information on how to leverage your social media network.