Department Of Design
The mission of the Department of Design is to administratively house, manage, and deliver the degree programs within the Department in the most efficient, high quality manner as possible, within the context and mission objectives described by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Winthrop University. We offer Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in Graphic Design, Illustration, and Interior Design as well as a minor in Graphic Design.
The department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Only 300 or so institutions in the United States have NASAD accreditation. The Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). CIDA only deals with the accreditation of Interior Design programs Nationwide and is made up of professional interior designers who are setting standards for the future interior designers.
Graphic designers plan, analyze, create, and evaluate visual solutions for a wide range of communication problems according to the needs of audiences and the contexts the design will exist within or around. Their work ranges from the development of strategies to solve large-scale problems, to the design of effective communication products, such as publications, signage, packaging, exhibitions, digital design, and computer programs.
Illustrators solve visual problems for audiences to see information or recognize an opinion, but not limited to, print and digital media. Illustrators also produce work used in the advertising and entertainment industries. While the fine artist will often develop his or her art for a gallery wall, the illustrator produces his or her renderings for reproduction in print, on the web or as animation. The Winthrop program consists of general studies in a wide variety of genres and is geared toward building skills in a wide variety of media.
Interior designers work with clients and other design professionals to develop safe, functional, and attractive interior environments that meet people’s needs. Interior designers are imaginative, artistic, and creative, combining their professional knowledge with an aesthetic vision. They learn to design for commercial and professional office use, health care facilities, educational spaces, museums, government facilities, retail spaces, theaters, recreational facilities, restaurants, hotels.
One of the most interesting and exciting degrees at Winthrop is the Bachelor of Science in Interactive Media. Design is changing, and designers are becoming one of the most sought after individuals with both technical and creative skills. The internet is a place, not just for designing websites but also for mobile apps, games, and experiences using electronics we can’t imagine. You can help people do their job, or encourage them to be healthier, or challenge them in a game by creating buttons, text, icons, images and videos all in a virtual world.
125 credit hours for the B.F.A in visual communication Design: illustration track
As part of their coursework in the major, visual communication design students are required to have a cooperative experience, such as an internship, allowing them to create design solutions for on-campus and off-campus clients. The Studio 351 class provides an environment for those experiences, and is led by a faculty member who connects students to clients and moves them through the creative process. Students learn about project management, design methods, client pitches, interacting with clients, and design production.
FOUNDATIONS IN GRAPHIC DESIGN:
Illustration students also take eight graphic design courses covering foundations of design, computer imaging, and Introduction to Graphic Design.
Students work heavily with storytelling, learning how to construct and tell a story visually. Students learn how to tell visual stories using one image, or many images.
- Editorial Illustration
- Children’s Storybook Illustration & Character Design
- Graphic Novel Illustration
Exploration of Media:
Students learn how to use a wide variety of media in order to communicate effectively.
- Digital painting (Adobe programs).
- Pen and ink- acrylic painting & Oil painting
- Watercolor painting
- Airbrush painting
- Pastel painting & Silkscreening
- Relief printing & Markers
- Charcoals and conté
125 credit hours for the B.S. in digital information design: interactive media track
Students start with the basics and create compositions and layouts used in a number of design industries including web, print, or product design.
Visual Design of Complex Systems:
Communicating complex ideas is difficult but with the aid of information graphics of working systems, designers play an important role in clarifying information. Students will also learn methods to determine if their designs are communicating clearly to the people who use them.
Design for Alternative Platforms:
Following interactive media for the web, students design apps and applications for mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and other places you find electronic devices.
Understanding users, means we need to understand the stories they tell. Video editing and production helps to create content and organize information to be viewed on the web.
Three levels of interactive media courses focus on building development and design skills. Students will create simple navigation tools up through to creating an entire sites.
120 credit hours for the B.F.A. in interior design
The sequence of courses builds skills fundamental to practicing interior design. Studio projects allow students to resolve complex interior problems using a variety of approaches that develop a personal methodology to interior design. The program also recognizes design problems are increasingly complex and that the design process involves the interaction of people and professionals from a variety of disciplines.
A multitude of factors influence interior design and are brought to the student, including client/user needs, human welfare and safety, functional, economical, and utilitarian issues, physical, psychological, as well as conceptual development and contextual fit.
Design and the Environment:
The program recognizes that the practice of interior design has a profound impact on the planet and brings to the students a dialogue that raises awareness of environmental concern, sustainability and ecology to better enrich the global community.
124 credit hours for the B.F.A. in visual communication design: graphic design track
Drawing and Rendering Skills:
Students learn to render paraline, linear, and orthographic representations.
Composition, and Craft:
Students will construct 2-D and 3-D projects to develop craft and presentation skills. Projects emphasize use of presentation skills to investigate issues of placement, formal hierarchy, compositional integrity, focal points, and elements and principles of design.
Product and Packaging Design:
Application of graphics to 3-D forms. Investigation of design issues relating to product packaging, signage, environmental graphics and other dimensional formats.
Print Material Design:
Emphasis on dynamic organization of 2-D layouts utilizing shape, type, and image.
History of Art,
Architecture, and Design:
Focus on the history and evolution of style, technology, processes, and environmental factors that have affected applied visual design and illustration.
Focus on the investigation of typographic elements, including an historical study of letter forms and their application in design.
Comprehensive study and production of corporate identity systems, including the related collateral materials, identity standards, and development of logos.
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M.F.A. Kent State
M.S. Pratt Institute
B.F.A. Winthrop University
M.A. University Of Texas
M. Des. Domus Academy
M. Des. University of Alberta
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M. Des. University of Alberta
M.F.A. University of Washington
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Majors in interior design and the graphic design track of visual communication are required to take an internship as part of their degree. The internship assignment can be obtained by checking with campus resources (Center for Career and Civic Engagement), the department faculty/ program coordinators, or can be found by the student (with approval from the dept. coordinator). For VCOM majors the Studio 351 class offers an ‘in-house’ practicum/design studio that produces work for the ‘real’ world.
As part of their coursework in the major, visual communi- cation design students are required to have a cooperative experience, such as an internship, allowing them to create design solutions for on-campus and off-campus clients. The Studio 351 class provides an environment for those experiences, and is led by a faculty member who connects students to clients and moves them through the creative process. Students learn about project management, design methods, client pitches, interacting with clients, and design production.
- Social Design House - Rock Hill, S.C.
- Saturday Brand Communications - Charlotte, N.C.
- Union - Charlotte, N.C.
- Worthwhile - Charlotte, N.C.
- Boomtown - Charleston, S.C.
- Tattoo Projects Advertising - Charlotte, N.C.
- Moonlight Creative Group - Charlotte, N.C.
- MODE - Charlotte, N.C.
- Atypic - Charlotte, N.C.
- eHouse Studio - Charleston, S.C.
- lemmondsDESIGN - Fort Mill, S.C.
- Plus even more opportunities!
- VCOM MATERIALS LIST
- INDS MATERIALS LIST
- GRAPHIC DESIGN CHECK SHEET
- INTERIOR DESIGN CHECK SHEET
- ILLUSTRATION CHECK SHEET
- INTERACTIVE MEDIA CHECK SHEET
- DoD STUDENT HANDBOOK
- VCOM BOOK LIST
- INDS 300 SYLLABUS
- VCOM 300 SYLLABUS
- EXAM ACTIVITIES FORM
- DoD PURCHASE REQUEST FORM
- DoD SYLLABUS TEMPLATE