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About the Department
The Department of Communication, Graphic Design & Multimedia at Georgian Court University draws upon a long tradition of excellence in liberal arts, design, and communication. It carries an intellectually rigorous and skill-based history of media production into our contemporary digital era. The strength of our programs lies on their comprehensive and interdisciplinary nature. Closely guided by highly accomplished faculty, students work in small lecture- or studio-oriented classes to achieve critical and technical accomplishments and polish their individual perspectives. Within a student-centered, intimate environment, they strive to articulate their communication skills or develop their artistic sensibilities. Seeking to convey universal messages, they learn how to make use of cutting-edge technologies in the most creative fashions.
Our communication students engage in an exceptional educational experience, where they can express their viewpoints in various formats. They combine their writing and news reporting skills with photojournalism, broadcasting, Web publishing, and video editing techniques to prepare for a vast array of online and offline professions.
Our graphic design and multimedia students practice for the career of their dreams by investing in an intense major that embraces the entire range of visual communication. They study strategies of conceptual problem solving, branding, marketing, video production and editing, animation, Web design, interactivity, and game development, through a robust practical curriculum. By the end of their undergraduate studies, our students are thoroughly prepared to pursue any design-related vocation or to opt for graduate level education.
The university is equipped with a wireless network, and our spacious, state-of-the-art Mac and PC labs facilitate a broad range of print, Web, sound, and motion production. In addition, communication, digital design, and graphic design and multimedia students have free access to digital and electronic video and audio equipment.
The proximity of our beautiful campus to important cultural centers such as New York City and Philadelphia provides students easy access to major museums, galleries, internships, and field trip opportunities.
Communication majors strive to become literate and ethical communicators in specific professions, such as journalism, public relations, and multimedia. Internships through the Washington Center at the Federal Trade Commission, the U.S. Congress, and the White House, for instance, prepare you for career paths such as feature writer, editor, media planner, TV anchor, radio broadcaster, Web media specialist, market researcher, advertising executive, or film producer.
As a communication major, you will be a welcome member of a literary and writing community. Be a poet for the literary/arts publication The Fountain Spray, or a journalist for the campus newspaper. Devote yourself to the arts. Follow a different drummer.
Graphic Design and Multimedia Program
Graphic design and multimedia combine design and technology to give visual form to ideas. Every printed page, every Web site, every brand is designed to communicate a message in our visual environment. Graphic design is ubiquitous. So are the Web, videos, animations, games, illustrations, magazines, and branding. The program provides up-to-date technology, small classes in computer labs, and student-faculty interactions for productive student-centered learning.
With advanced hands-on practice and a thorough understanding of the latest skills and concepts used in graphic design and multimedia, this program enables students to become effective designers in print and electronic media. Students engage in project-based learning and use type, images, and sequential art for print, Web, video, or interactive media. As part of their cycle of courses, they learn how to create 2D and 3D animations, computer games, and HTML and Flash Web sites. They use collaborative team building to foster communal learning, and through a variety of service learning and internship opportunities, they bridge classroom and professional practices.
The use of sophisticated software is combined to a methodical overview of design history and theory to prepare students for the needs of the professional market.
The program offers two majors: a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Multimedia and a B.A. in Digital Design.
Students graduating with a B.F.A. in Graphic Design and Multimedia will have developed concepts, skills and knowledge in print, web, and interactive media. They will have engaged in a competitive program that prepares them for exciting jobs in the 21st century, applying technology for print, game design, video, web, 2D and 3D animation. Students will have used the latest software programs and acquired development skills in preparation for their senior portfolio presentation, will learn professional practices through internships, and be well-prepared for a variety of careers in design and multimedia. By the end of their studies, students will also have a strong grounding to pursue their studies at a graduate level, if desired.
Students graduating with a B.A. in Digital Design will have a comprehensive foundation in digital design for print and Web applications, animation, and video production. They will be prepared for a variety of entry-level careers in digital arts.
B.A. in Communication
B.F.A. in Graphic Design & Multimedia
B.A. in Digital Design