GRAPHIC DESIGN | Explore the Art of Digital

 

With the ever-changing digital landscape, graphic designers are always learning and adapting. Baker University’s graphic design program sets the stage for these professionals, teaching them the skills and critical thinking necessary to recognize trends and keep up with technological advances. With hands-on approaches and personalized attention, Baker graphic design students graduate with the tools and the knowledge to tackle the ever-changing media landscape.

WORK HANDS ON

Baker graphic design students have a multitude of opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow maximum interaction with classmates and professors.

WINNING PUBLICATIONS

In the past decade, the Baker Orange—the university’s student-run newspaper—has repeatedly received high distinctions from the Associated Collegiate Press, Kansas Collegiate Media, and the Society of Professional Journalists, earning the Orange a place in the ACP Hall of Fame.

KEEP UP WITH TRENDS

Baker graphic design students work in a stimulating environment in which they develop aesthetic sensitivity along with skills in critical thinking and the ability to recognize trends and keep up with technological advances, which all lead to strong design.

HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE

Students work closely with faculty members to secure internships in newspaper, magazine, marketing, and public relations throughout the region. While most students pursue internships in Kansas City, Topeka, and Lawrence, students are encouraged to pursue opportunities nationally.

KAYLA | Class of 2016

Kayla is in the Kansas Air National Guard and even took a semester away from Baker to be on active duty. She has successfully balanced commitments to her husband and daughter, her education, and the Kansas Air National Guard. She worked with the Baker Orange as a graphic designer, honing her skills and learning new techniques.

TAYLOR | Graphic Design Major, Class of 2016

Taylor’s main interest lies in graphic design, but when the position for editor of The Baker Orange opened up, she knew from her experiences in the Baker Department of Mass Media that she would be a perfect candidate. During her time as editor, she won many awards, both regionally and nationally, and even recruited many of her sorority sisters to the staff. She came to Baker with a passion, and graduated with the knowledge needed to tackle any media job in her future.

BAILEY | Mass Media Major, Class of 2018

“With my degree in mass media on the track of sports media, I hope to either work for a professional sports team in their media department or work for a major sports network. Either way, my goal is to get a job working in sports on the side of media or game-day operations.”

CAREERS

Our graphic design majors go on to get jobs in the following fields:

  • Website Developer
  • Public Relations, Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Video Entertainment

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of graduates are employed full time or enrolled in graduate school within six months of receiving their diploma.

Course Descriptions

R: course can be repeated for credit; P/NC: course graded on a pass/no credit basis

Courses required for these programs are listed in the current catalog.

GD 232 – Graphic Design I

This course is an introduction to graphic design as a form of visual communication through the use of image, form, color, and type. The course will consist of a series of lectures, daily critiques, demos, in-class discussion, and in-class work time. Students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of graphic design and will explore formal composition principals, graphic design methodology, and approaches to digital layout. The course will include practical exercises in visual perception, visual organization, and visual communication. (Cross-listed as AS 232 and MM 232.) (3 credit hours)

GD 332 – Graphic Design II

This is an intermediate-level course increasing the skills acquired in Graphic Design I. The course will expand further into color theory, advanced typography, project portfolio creation, and client-based project development. Concepts that will be explored include planning procedures, creating thumbnail sketches, creating digital layouts, final design creation, and publication. Students will be expected to use math skills to calculate image size, resolution, and document layout/positioning. Each project is designed to develop problem-solving skills and encourage collaboration as well as portfolio management. Students will use computer applications in this course, including Adobe Illustrator for logo/vector images and Adobe Photoshop for photographic image editing. Prerequisite: AS/GD/MM 232. (Cross-listed as AS 332 and MM 332.) (3 credit hours)

Scholarships

The Department of Mass Media and Visual Arts gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Art
  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Mass Media
  • Lloyd E. Ligon Memorial Scholarship
  • Eulalia Weber Guise Scholarship
  • Eugene C. Pulliam Journalism Scholarship
  • David Sloop Memorial Scholarship
  • Sherri Wood Memorial Scholarship
  • Nancy and Carl Spear Scholarship
  • Jerry Holley Scholarship
  • Frank and Joyce Leitnaker Scholarship
  • Harold Davis Colburn Scholarship
  • Jesse L. Jones Scholarship

STUDENT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

DIALOGOS RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
Dialogos creates opportunities for the free exchange of ideas among scholars. Students from every part of the academy present original works, in a variety of forms and mediums, and engage with an interdisciplinary community of peers, staff and faculty. The symposium also features a keynote address from a prominent Baker alum. Through open and critical discussion, participants learn from and contribute to the betterment of the whole. At Dialogos, to quote John Wesley, we "think and let think."
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.
BOOK Program
Students are encouraged to participate in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. The program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. At the conclusion of the program, presentations are given in front of a panel of judges who choose the winner of a cash prize.

FACULTY

DaveBostwickDave Bostwick

Associate Professor of Mass Media, Adviser to Online Student Media | dave.bostwick@bakerU.edu
Like any media professional, Dave Bostwick is always learning. With the evolution of technology, he is able to keep growing and adapting his skills in order to teach his students what is current. He loves being able to see students contribute as early as day one on campus to student media outlets and apply many of the skills they learn in class with hands-on approaches.

B.A. University of Oklahoma, M.A. Fort Hays State University
Expertise: digital media
Office: Pulliam 302 | 785.594.8321

CONTACT US

Kathy Elliott
Department Assistant
Mass Media & Visual Arts
Office: Pulliam 206
785.594.4509
kathy.elliott@bakerU.edu