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Reinhardt Career and Professional Development Services

Reinhardt University offers a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communications through the School of Arts & Humanities. The unique combination of coursework, culminating in a professional internship, leads students to pursue artistic and creative professions or to pursue graduate study.

 

Are You Ready To...

• Seek out and complete a professional internship • Produce a portfolio
• Come up with design concepts to fit client's needs
• Presenting options for design treatments
• Work to a deadline and budget
• Amend designs according to a client's comments
• Work in a highly competitive field

 

 

It Helps To Be...

• Creative and original
• Strong in computer skills
• Confident enough to present
and explain your ideas
• Able to grasp client needs and
• consider practical solutions
• Attentive to detail
• Able to balance several projects at a time
• Good at teamwork
• Open to constructive criticism
• Flexible

 

 

Work Environment

Graphic Designers generally work in studios where they have access to drafting tables, computers, and the software necessary to create their designs. Although many graphic designers work independently, those who work for specialized graphic design firms often work as apart of a design team.

 

Knowledge Base

• Creating, designing and mobilizing images, symbols and representations to communicate effectively
• Digital technology and fine arts
Media history, theory and
criticism

 

Employment Websites

American Institute of Graphic Arts

American Marketing Association

The Society for Technical Communications

What Can I Do with A Degree in Graphic Communication?

Are you fascinated by the visual world? Are you drawn to logos, illustrations, cartoons, and advertisements? You may be on your way to a graphic design major. Graphic designers find innovative ways to communicate ideas visually, incorporating a range of media including digital imaging, photography, and illustration. As a graphic design major you will explore web design, product development and advertising, using a wide variety of artistic skills and perspectives to create your own personal vision. Developing this vision involves critically studying both your own work and the work of others. You'll share your work, receive feedback, and, in turn, learn the art of critiquing others.

Related Careers

Click the job titles below for further information

Advertising Account
Manager

Advertising Agency
Coordinator

Animation
Cartoonist

Art Appraiser

Art Director

Art Restorer

Art Teacher

Commercial Designer

Exhibit Artist

Fine Artist

Graphic Designer

Industrial Designer

Job Printer

Multimedia Artist

Package Designer

Photographer

Sales Representative

Toy Designer

Video Game Designer

Web Art Director

Web Designer

 

Potential Employers

Click the links below for further information

Advertising Firms

Art Galleries

Atlanta Journal
Constitution

BBDO Atlanta

Billboard Companies

Book Publishers

Booth Western Art
Museum

Community Arts
Centers

Creative Marketing
& Associates

Health
Organizations

Hirsch Bedner
Associates

Libraries/Museums

Magazine
Companies

Morris Museum of
Art

News Agencies

Publishing Houses

Radio Stations

Roswell Visual Arts
Center

Telecommunications
Firms

Television Networks

Teach for America

 

Strategies

• Visit the Career & Professional Development Services department in the Hasty Student Life Building and explore your career and intern potentials through CCN, FOCUS and CANDID Careers/Perfect Interview programs
• Join COMment, RU's Communications Club
• Build a professional portfolio of designs. This means collecting examples of designs from classroom projects, internships, or other experiences. A good portfolio is often the deciding factor in getting a job
• As a designer, you must keep up with new and updated computer graphics and design software, either on your own or through formal software training programs
• Find an internship at a design firm
• Work on a campus publication in design or layout

Campus Contacts

Dr. Brian O'Loughlin
Communication Program Coordinator
Office: 770-720-5563
BJO@reinhardt.edu

Dr. Pam Wilson
Associate Professor of Communication
Office: 770-720-5578
PSW@reinhardt.edu