Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in Graphic Design
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 honor of former JMU graphic design alum Rob Miller, class of 1997. Rob passed away in 2002. His parents, Dr. & Mrs. Martin Miller and his close JMU friend, Daniel Hoeck, committed to giving this award. This award is given annually to graphic design majors who are rising seniors and have shown outstanding accomplishments in their artwork as undergraduates at James Madison University.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Graphic Design computer requirements, visit the Computer Recommendations page at the JMU Bookstore.
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
Dawn McCusker, Professor of Graphic Design
M.F.A. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.F.A. Eastern Michigan University
Sang Yoon, Professor of Graphic Design
M.F.A. Tyler School of Art; B.F.A. Seoul National University