Program Overview

Study design through a multitude of media in the Bachelor of Fine Art program in Graphic and Interactive Design at West Chester University. From theory and history to concept and fabrication, our students develop a portfolio of original work through an immersive, hands-on curriculum, with a specific focus on creative authorship. Our program covers a variety of techniques such as typography, illustration, image-making, UX/UI design, animation, and motion design. Our faculty members are active and professionally-recognized artists, designers, and scholars who are dedicated teachers committed to fostering an environment that promotes artistic experimentation, diversity of thought, multiculturalism and global awareness. Faculty, never teaching assistants, are in the classroom every day to encourage our students as they develop into socially and globally-engaged artists. We are committed to ensuring your personal and professional success and preparing students to be active and engaged creative professionals both in their field and in the greater community.

 

Program Highlights

  • National Association of Schools for Art and Design (NASAD) accredited
  • In the last five years, our design students have won more than sixty international and national design awards
  • Hands-on opportunities inside and outside the classroom
  • Internships
  • Student exhibitions
  • Study abroad programs
  • Networking opportunities with noted artists and designers
 

What can I do with this degree?

Animator

Art Consultant

Art Appraiser

Art Camp Director

Art Conservator

Art Critic

Art Dealer

Art Director

Art Handler

Art Historian

Art Researcher

Art Supply Retailer

Art Teacher / Professor

Art Therapist

Artisan / Craftsperson

Artist Agent

Artist Assistant

Arts Administrator

Brand Designer

Cake Decorator

Comic Book Artist

Conservator

Corporate Art Collector

Courtroom Artist

Creative Director

Design Consultant

Digital 3D Modeler

Environmental Artist

Environmental Designer

Event Planner

Exhibition Designer

Fabricator

Film Concept Artist

Fine Artist

Food Stylist

Forensic Artist

Front / Back End Web Developer

Foundry Worker

Furniture Designer

Gallery Owner

Game Designer

Graphic Designer

Graphic Novel Artist

Illustrator

Industrial Designer

Interactive Developer

Interior Designer

Invitation Designer

Jewelry Designer

Lighting Designer

Medical Illustrator

Model Maker

Mold Maker

Mosaic Designer

Muralist

Museum / Gallery Administrator

Museum / Gallery Curator

Museum / Gallery Preparator

Museum / Gallery Registrar

Package Designer

Painter

Photographer

Picture Framer

Portrait Artist

Potter / Ceramist

Printmaker

Product Designer

Production Assistant / Manager Prop Designer

Sculptor

Scenic Artist

Set Designer

Sketch Artist

Special Effects Designer

Special Effects Make Up Artist

Story Board Artist

Studio Technician Stylist

Tattooist

Textile Designer

Toy Designer

Type Designer

User Experience (UX) Designer

Visual Merchandiser

Web Designer

 

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NEWSWORTHY

Professor Jeremy Holmes illustrated the 2018 children's book "The Eye that Never Sleeps" by Marissa Moss to a variety of accolades including:

  • ALSC's Notable Children's Books of 2019, Best Books of 2018 by Publishers Weekly
  • Best Books of 2018 New York Public Library
  • Best Informational Books of 2018 Chicago Public Library
  • Art chosen for Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibition, NYC
  • Selected as a finalist for Pop Culture Classroom Graphic Literature Award

Professor David Jones recently received awards from both Communication Arts and Graphic Design USA for his original type design. His identity work was featured on the Cover of Logo Lounge 11, which featured more than 2,500 logo designs from around the world.

Professor Scotty Reifsnyder's illustrations will be featured on Mountain Dew's DEWnited States Collection featuring original illustrations for each of the fifty states. Scotty was chosen to represent the great state of PA.

In 2019, six Graphic and Interactive Design students received international recognition in the 2019 Graphis New Talent Annual including the top "Gold" award category for a short animation, three Silver awards in the packaging and poster categories, and two honorable mentions. Additional awards were won in Communication Arts, Applied ARTS, Graphis, GDUSA, the AIGA and others over the last five years.

In 2017, Brindy Gibbs was awarded "Best of Show" in the AIGA Flux National Student Competition. Graduates from West Chester University have accepted positions with design agencies across the country, and are making meaningful contributions to the field as working professionals.

Graphic and Interactive Design Majors enrolled in ART400: Design for the Social Good recently completed proposals for a new mural to be installed in the Ram Shop, a West Chester University convenience store staffed by students with autism. Under the direction of Professor Scotty Riefnsyder, the students worked in teams of two to developed a variety of proposals. The winning design was designed by collaborators Taylor Goad and Kayla Degenshein, and was selected by the creative committee representing the store. It was unveiled during the ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 6th, 2019. The Philadelphia Inquirer published the story on their front page the following day.