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BA in Graphic and Interactive Design

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Program Overview

Shannon Cosgriff, a student in the School of Communication's Graphic and Interactive Design program, presents her portfolio Friday, May 12, 2017 in The Rocky Top Student Center on Quinnipiac's York Hill Campus.

Portfolio overview

Shannon Cosgriff BA '17, presents her portfolio at The Rocky Top Student Center during Porfolio Day - a networking event where graduating seniors present their work to corporate leaders.

Communication through art

Interactive and graphic designers have more ways than ever to communicate visually with their audiences. We teach you theories of design as well as a broad range of practical skills—from Design Thinking to industry standard software—that are needed to pursue a successful career in web design, UX/UI, motion graphics, and print and online publishing.

You’ll build a strong foundation in design methods including typography, ideation, prototyping, and development. With small classes, you’ll receive individual attention from your professors, all of whom maintain ties with the professional world that complement their teaching. 

And you’ll hone your verbal and visual communication skills through group work and presentations. Our curriculum reflects current, real-world practices, and you’ll have the most up-to-date technology and software in several labs for both course work and independent projects. Upon graduation, you’ll have a diverse portfolio of work to show potential employers. 

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Student Work

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Alumni Spotlight

The sweet sound of success

Growing up, graphic and interactive design graduate Jonathan Grado '13 had no intention of working in the family business. So, it's a surprise to many when they learn that he is vice president of marketing at Grado Labs, the internationally recoognized manufacturers of hand-made headphones and other audio equipment founded by his family in 1953.

Grado's journey to where he is started at an open house for Quinnipiac's graphic and interactive design program, where he recognized the potential for what he's be able to accomplish with the degree.

The program taught Grado how to utilize social media, photographjy and design to tell a brand's story and reach new audiences – which his family's company needed to do. As a sophomore, he singlehandedly created Grado's Labs social media presence and began running it exclusively.

"It all just snowballed from there," he said.

For Grado, guiding his family's already storied company into a new digital era became the jewel of his capstone project and portfolio, which was critiqued by experts from all over New England. 

"With design, all these little aspects come together to paint a bigger picture," Grado said. "Those little things matter, and that's what I learned at Quinnipiac."
Jonathan Grado '13
Graphic and Interactive Design
"My time at Quinnipiac could not have prepared me more for finding a job post-grad. From classes dedicated to freelancing to negotiating salary, the incredible professors I had made sure that I had all of the resources I needed for my transition out into the working world. Even after I graduated my professors are still just a text of an email away if I have any questions."
Tyler Blinderman, '17
Graphic and Interactive Design
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Preparation is key

Tyler Blinderman BA '17, credits her professors and the curriculum with properly preparing her for her Visual Designer role with Globoforce.

"The small classes and accessible faculty within the Graphic & Interactive Design program have enabled me to thrive within the major - learning on the latest technology and developing anything from websites and mobile applications and motion graphics. I am also able to incorporate real-life experiences because of the networking opportunities, field trips and participation in the AIGA organization, (the professional association for design)."
Samantha Baloga '17
Graphic and Interactive Design

Faculty Spotlight

Quinnipiac Graphic and Interactive Design students taking a class called ”The Agency"  visit two Advertising Agencies, Alex Isley and The Visual Brand, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

Teaching beyond the classroom

Courtney Marchese, assistant professor of graphic & interactive design, brings her experience as a design consultant to her studies by assigning projects she worked on in the past. Marchese also co-founded The Agency, a student-run advertising agency that works on real campaigns.

Where students become consultants

Courtney Marchese, Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design, began her career at ABC News doing on-air graphics and web design before moving into design consulting, which she still does to this day. By remaining active as a consultant, Marchese offers students a fresh perspective on the changing needs of her profession, as well as what clients in multiple industires are looking for. 

Many of the assignments Marchese gives to her students reflect actual jobs she has taken throughout her career. 

"I take exactly what I do on a daily basis and bring that to my students," she said.

This air of realism forms the foundation of The Agency, a special course Marchese co-manages with Professor of Strategic Communications Katie Place.

"The Agency is a premier student-run agency to offer services in advertising, creative design, public relations and media research for clients across the country," Marchese said.

Marchese teaches her students to think creatively and to develop their own voice to through visual storytelling. Through lessons inside and outside of the classroom, her students gain a better understanding of how to communicate visually and develop the tools needed to design impactful campaigns. 

Quinnipiac Graphic and Interactive Design students taking a class called ”The Agency"  visit two Advertising Agencies, Alex Isley and The Visual Brand, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.

Where students become consultants

Courtney Marchese, Assistant Professor of Graphic and Interactive Design, began her career at ABC News doing on-air graphics and web design before moving into design consulting, which she still does to this day. By remaining active as a consultant, Marchese offers students a fresh perspective on the changing needs of her profession, as well as what clients in multiple industires are looking for. 

Many of the assignments Marchese gives to her students reflect actual jobs she has taken throughout her career. 

"I take exactly what I do on a daily basis and bring that to my students," she said.

This air of realism forms the foundation of The Agency, a special course Marchese co-founded with Professor of Strategic Communications Katie Place.

"The Agency is a premier student-run agency to offer services in advertising, creative design, public relations and media research for clients across the country," Marchese said.

Marchese teaches her students to think creatively and to develop their own voice to through visual storytelling. Through lessons inside and outside of the classroom, her students gain a better understanding of how to communicate visually and develop the tools needed to design impactful campaigns. 

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Graphic and Interactive Design Curriculum

University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
Additional courses outside the School of Communications, one of which must be at the 200-level or higher6
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required Graphic and Interactive Design courses
IDD 110Design Research and Methods3
IDD 161Web Design I3
IDD 250Web Design II3
IDD 270Typography I3
IDD 301Motion Graphics I3
IDD 315Mobile Interaction Design3
IDD 410Web Design III3
IDD 480Senior Seminar and Portfolio3
Graphic and Interactive Design Electives 3
Select three of the following with the recommendation of the student’s adviser:9
AR 158
Photography I
AR 258
Photography II
COM 490
Communications Career Internship
CSC 110
Programming and Problem Solving
IDD 200
Special Topics in IDD (as needed)
IDD 210
Graphic Design History
IDD 300
Special Topics in IDD (as needed)
IDD 305
Digital Photography
IDD 370
Typography II
IDD 399/499
Advanced Independent Studio Work in Graphic and Interactive Design
IDD 400
Special Topics in IDD (as needed)
IDD 420
Alternative Interfaces
IDD 440
Motion Graphics II
IDD 490
Internship
Minor Courses18
Total Credits120
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All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.

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Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.

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Substitutions to this list are permitted with prior approval of the student’s adviser and the director of graphic and interactive design.

Minor Requirement

Students enrolled in the graphic and interactive design program are required to complete a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. This minor can be from any program either within or outside the School of Communications.

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