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Slightly more in depth explanation directly comparing the differences between the two majors and what all you do in the two majors as a direct comparison without detailing every little thing, that way the individual pages still serve a greater purpose. This is meant just as a brief explanation to let a new student know which major to dig into more. Slightly more in depth explanation directly comparing the differences between the two majors and what all you do in the two majors as a direct comparison without detailing every little thing, that way the individual pages still serve a greater purpose. This is meant just as a brief explanation to let a new student know which major to dig into more. There are two majors in the Design Program:

I-Design        Graphic Design

I-Design Major


The I-Design program provides students with an up-to-date and adaptive design education. As the creative field continues to expand, the program will enable students to become leaders in multiple design related industries and even their own communities. Employing the Design thinking methodology, the I-Design major is developed as an integrated design program that is localized for the WSU environment. It develops creative identity through interdisciplinary problem solving skills, new media and technology, collaboration and global cultural experience.

Building on a foundation that includes studio and digital art, graphic design, interactive technology and design history studies, students will leverage traditional studio skills along with modern tools like professional design software to gain basic creative and design skills. Once formally accepted into the program as sophomores, students are exposed to advanced contemporary design practices. Incorporating knowledge from the cross-disciplinary coursework, students learn to use design thinking to resolve challenges creatively and innovatively. The senior experience includes opportunities to develop campaigns and design productions to promote community projects, participate in a Capstone Senior Exhibition, and complete internships with regional businesses.

The I-Design major incorporates a concentration elective (mimicking the area of expertise) that allows students to individualize their program with an area of interest. Students can choose from Studio Practices, Conceptual Illustration Studies, Technology and Interactivity Design Studies, Business and Marketing, Sustainable Design, Community Development and Integrated Studies.

Concentrations

I-Design is different because of the 7 concentrations within the program. Each concentration allows students to have a stronger hand in their class selections. In I-Design, the travel study program is a requirement in addition to the internship.

Graphic Design Major


The Graphic Design Option is an interdisciplinary program based in the Art & Design Department. Course work is also required in the Computer Science, Mass Communication and Marketing departments; upper-division course work is integrated among all three departments. Building on a foundation in design, drawing, studio arts, and art history, students work with current graphic design software, gaining experience in print design and web design. The capstone experience includes required participation in the Senior Design Exhibition and possible internship in the graphic design field with a regional business. Students will be required to use Apple laptop computers.

The Graphic Design Option is an interdisciplinary program based in the Art & Design Department. Course work is also required in the Computer Science, Mass Communication and Marketing departments; upper-division course work is integrated among all three departments. Building on a foundation in design, drawing, studio arts, and art history, students work with current graphic design software, gaining experience in print design and web design. The capstone experience includes required participation in the Senior Design Exhibition and possible internship in the graphic design field with a regional business. Students will be required to use Apple laptop computers.

Difference

Graphic Design is a more classic program. Because of this, the travel study is not required, but it is still strongly recommended to take part in. The internship program is still a requirement in the Graphic Design major.

Extracurricular Opportunities Traveling, internships, and future job opportunities

  • International Studies

    Short explanation of the travel studies explanations, also a link to the main International Exposure page. Short explanation of the travel studies explanations, also a link to the main International Exposure page. Short explanation of the travel studies explanations, also a link to the main International Exposure page.

  • Exhibitions

    Explanation of the ways a student can exhibit their pieces in the junior portfolio and the senior show, as well as options in the Laird Norton building as their worked out. Explanation of the ways a student can exhibit their pieces in the junior portfolio and the senior show, as well as options in the …

  • Laird Norton

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  • Internships

    Explanation of the internship opportunities within the Design Program. Explanation of the internship opportunities within the Design Program. Explanation of the internship opportunities within the Design Program. Explanation of the internship opportunities within the Design Program. Explanation of the internship opportunities within the Design Program. Explanation of the internship opportunities within the Design Program.

Apply Here!

Clicking a link opens both an internal explanation of how to apply for either program and what you need, as well as another page of the external WSU application site.