Degree Checklist

The graphic design program at JMU provides professional education within a liberal arts environment. Students learn the vocabulary, visual perception, methods, processes, theory, craft and technology of graphic design, which includes specialized courses in print design, computer graphics, illustration, web design, package design and special topics courses addressing contemporary design issues and problems. The study of the historical and cultural context of the designer broadens students' knowledge base and nurtures their creativity. Frequent field trips, guest speakers and internship opportunities provide students with exposure to the professional field.

Admission to the graphic design program is selective and competitive to a limited number of reserved seats. The reward for admission and completion of the program is significant, however, as JMU graphic design students and faculty regularly receive national and international awards for their creative solutions. Top design studios from the east to the west coast have come to regard JMU designers as valuable additions to their practice. JMU graphic design graduates have continued their education at some of the most prestigious graduate programs in the country. Rhode Island School of Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Savannah College of Art and Design, The University of the Arts and North Carolina State University, just to name a few.

While at JMU design students have multiple opportunities to interact with one-another through student run organizations such as a student chapter of AIGA and Kappa Pi. Through these organizations students establish life-long friendships and professional connections that help keep JMU students and faculty current with the latest design theory and practice.

Rob Miller Graphic Design Award
This award was created in memory of former JMU graphic design student Rob Miller, class of 1997. His parents, Dr. & Mrs. Martin Miller and his close JMU friend, Daniel Hoeck, committed to giving this award for three years. The first award was given to Jessica Branson in Spring 2004. This award is given annually to a graphic design major who is a rising senior and has shown outstanding accomplishments in his/her artwork as an undergraduate at James Madison University. The award amount is approximately $1000.

For additional information about the program or if you are a prospective or transfer student, please contact the program coordinator, Trudy Cole, at 540-568-3488 or by email at

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Trudy Cole Professor of Graphic Design, Graphic Design Coordinator
M.F.A. Pennsylvania State University; B.F.A. K-12 Teaching Certificate, Tyler School of Art;
A.A. Bucks Community College 540.568.3488

Dawn McCusker Associate Professor of Graphic Design
M.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.F.A. Eastern Michigan University 540.568.6500

Richard Hilliard Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and Illustration
M.F.A. University of Hartford; M.A. Syracuse University; B.F.A. Pratt Institute 540.568.6367

Jun Bum Shin Assistant Professor of Interactive Media/Graphic Design
M.F.A, B.A. Purdue University 540.568.3485

Sang Yoon Professor of Graphic Design
M.F.A. Tyler School of Art; B.F.A. Seoul National University 540.568.6833

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GRPH 200 Computer Graphics
GRPH 202 Design Methodology
GRPH 206 Introduction to Typography

GRPH 208 (formerly 250). Portfolio Review

GRPH 306 Intermediate Typography
GRPH 406 Advanced Typography
GRPH 408 Brand Identity
GRPH 410 Graphic Design Senior Portfolio


GRPH 300 Illustration
GRPH 304 Package Design
GRPH 305 Book Design
GRPH 312 Web Design
GRPH 340 Poster Design
GRPH 390 Independent Study in Graphic Design
GRPH 392 Topics in Graphic Design
GRPH 496 Internship in Graphic Design
GRPH 499 Honors

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