- The graphic design program is based on a strong conviction that broadly educated individuals make good designers. The program integrates the College’s core liberal arts courses with a rigorous design curriculum, and positions design as a cross-disciplinary practice with skills drawn from communication, media, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and fine art.
- Classes are taught in a hybrid studio/seminar format, in which demonstrations, lectures, discussions, and critiques alternate with work periods. Projects are often undertaken in collaboration with other campus programs.
- Graphic design majors have studied abroad in a number of countries including Scotland, England, Italy, France, and Australia. The department regularly brings students on field trips to museums, design studios, and lectures in New York City and Albany.
- Students are involved in the Design Society, the graphic design student club, and the Student Art Alliance, an organization that supports visiting artists, travel, and student project proposals. Students have garnered awards and scholarships from national and international design organizations, and many secure selective internships.
- The number of BFA graduates of the graphic design program has doubled from 15-18 per year to more than 30 in the 2014-2015 academic year. This growth can be attributed to the post-graduation success of BFAs, as well as improved departmental procedures.
- Between 80 and 90 percent of graphic design graduates go on to accept full-time professional positions in their field at established design studios and Fortune 500 companies including Google. Many have started their own design businesses and others go on to earn Master of Fine Arts degrees at prestigious universities in the United States and abroad.