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Graphic Design

Graphic designers are the thinkers & storytellers behind visuals and use a well-developed set of skills and tools to create a stunning end result. Let's take a deeper dive into a "day in the life" of a graphic designer and what they do.

Graphic Designers are the creative engine behind brand identity or marketing efforts, making them a vital part of running a successful business. They use colors, textures, photography, fonts, and other various design elements to communicate a message.

By using a suite of tools and a particular set of creative skills, graphic designers craft their work into a variety of different projects including logos, websites, advertisements, typography, packaging, and presentations —to name a few. (Read more at creativemarket.com)

Design students at Western Kentucky University learn how to find creative soultions, design client work, and meet deadlines. Each course helps students work toward their professional design portfolio and develop the skills they need to achieve their career goals. Our design program focuses on both traditional design practices as well as digital design and emerging practices. This combination of fine arts rooted practices combined with our contemporary design program and teaching approach prepares our graduates to be well-rounded creative individuals who produce both conceptually and technically sound design work.

Graphic Design Programs:

B.F.A. Graphic Design Concentration(514)

B.F.A Graphic Design Concentration (For student begining before Fall 2021)

AB Graphic Design Concentration Major

Graphic Design Certificate

Graphic Design Minor



Student Class Work


Fruity Package

Little Bent Logo

Nolin Brochure

yard sign


The Roost Logo

Mammoth Poster

Train Graphics

Cute logo

mashup website

Rack Card for Women

Ruth Book Image

Power of a vote logo

cuba brochure

IT rackcard

Mashup Logo

Pizza Box Design

9 love

Nolin Brochure Design 2

Social graphic



Graphic Design and Computer Animation are located in rooms 417, 419, 438, and 454 on the fourth floor of the FAC building. Currently there are three full-time professors who are supported by adjunct instructors as needed. Our proximity to Nashville provides opportunities to invite professionals to engage with design students through lectures and portfolio reviews. 

Room 419 serves as a large classroom, with eighteen adjustable drafting tables, where students are involved in traditional, hands on methods. This room has two industrial-sized aluminum sinks and additional work surfaces for group projects.

Each design class uses at least one of our three computer labs. Room 417 and 438 have twenty-one computer stations equipped with the latest Adobe Creative Cloud Suite of programs and Maya software. Each room has a scanner, two printers, an overhead projector, and sound system. Room 454 has fifteen Mac stations and a large HD screen for instructional lectures and student presentations. 

All classrooms and stations are online and Wi-Fi connected. Enrolled design students have 24-hour access to a computer lab, with the exception of University holidays.



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 Last Modified 1/30/23