The Graphic Design(GD) program at Fairmont State prepares students for careers in the expanding graphic design industry and graduate studies.
The Bachelor of Science degree provides students with a program structure that includes design, conceptual thinking and current technology for 1) print, packaging and digital delivery; 2) interactive and multimedia design, including responsive web site design; and 3) motion graphics including studies in kinetic typography. The program objective is for our students to be proficient in these skills and compete for professional positions upon graduation or further studies in graduate programs.
Graduates from our GD program are qualified for entry-level positions as Art Directors, Web Designers, and Multi-Multimedia artists and animators. According to the December 2015 US Bureau of Labor Statistics, these starting positions range in salary from about $64K to $89K and the projected growth is on par with the national average of six percent. Some recent reports have web designers projected higher due to the growing need in many fields for this expertise. Graduates may also pursue further study in animation for careers in commercials, television, video game design, and feature films. Post-Graduate studies in the visual communication field could lead to university-level teaching positions.