Graphic Design is, at its essence, visual communication. Every web site, package, logo, street sign and object – heck, anything that’s not part of nature – was conceived and executed by a designer. Designers make logos, boxes, brochures, and web interfaces. And Creative Circus design grads also make money, because while they’re here they collaborate with writers and photographers to develop portfolios that get them hired at some of the best design firms in the country.
The Design curriculum at The Creative Circus prepares students by providing design principles and creative methods for solving real business problems.
We begin with foundation level courses in design, typography, production, color theory, and computers. Later, students learn how to determine a visual voice and an appropriate form – print collateral, stationery system, posters, annual report, capability brochure, catalog, publication, packaging, signage, web site – for best connecting a brand to its audience.
Because most classes are taught by working professionals, student work is judged by professionally rigorous standards of success regarding deadlines, budgets, aesthetics, and concepts.
To graduate as a Graphic Designer from The Creative Circus, the work in the final portfolio should show a range of creative solutions, audiences, and types of media. Graduating graphic design students also create their own personal identity packages, resumés, mini-books, and websites.
As with most professions, good networking skills can make a job search more productive and fruitful. Design students develop agency and studio profiles during their grad quarter to better acquaint themselves with the colorful and varied world they are about to enter.
Additionally, throughout their career at The Creative Circus, design students are strongly encouraged to build on our Career Services Department’s resources by participating in industry events and by using the professional organization, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), as their first opportunity for networking.
For more information on our Design program, please contact our Department Head of Design.