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Graphic Design (B.F.A.)

The Department of Visual Communications at Endicott College offers a four-year learning experience for students seeking professional practice in the field of Graphic Design, including design for interactive media.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

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Graphic Design

Graphic designers bring order and clarity to the myriad visual messages that saturate every aspect of daily life. 

Training at Endicott for a career in the modern practice of graphic design includes foundation-level and research-based skills as well as brand development and interactive/time-based media among its required proficiencies. The BFA in Graphic Design recognizes the growth of post-graduate professional opportunities that specify interactive and front-end development skills in addition to the more traditional skills of brand development.

In the Graphic Design curriculum, students develop a growing body of knowledge and expertise in research, typography, conceptualization, composition and layout, and image creation, while learning more advanced methods and techniques as the course sequences continue. Students refine their visual and conceptual acuity through traditional forms, such as print media, as well as through animation, video, web and multimedia.

The BFA in Graphic Design includes two optional, recommended study tracks - Advertising/Brand Development and Web Design/Development - that leverage the resources available in the Departments of Communication and Computer Science respectively. Reflecting the need for collaborative coursework and technical skills relevant to the modern design profession, these study tracks distinguish the Graphic Design program at Endicott by highlighting the unique interdisciplinary opportunities available to students who attend an “art school” within a liberal arts college. Opportunities also exist to study design abroad at formally affiliated schools, as well as through personally tailored independent studies.

Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 127

Freshman - Credits: 32


ART 101 - Visual Art and Cultural Values I: Prehistory to c. 1310 (Cr: 3)
ART 102 - Visual Art and Cultural Values II: Early Fourteenth Century to the Present (Cr: 3)
ART 105 - Drawing and Composition I (Cr: 3)
ART 106 - Drawing and Composition II (Cr: 3)
ENG 111 - Critical Reading and Writing I (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
ENG 112 - Critical Reading and Writing II (Cr: 3)
Satisfies the Writing Designated Core requirement.
GD 105 - Introduction to Computer Graphics (Cr: 3)
GD 120 - Foundations of Graphic Design (Cr: 3)
GD 126 - Typography 1 (Cr: 3)
INT 100 - Internship I (Cr: 2)
PHT 116 - Introduction to Photographic Imaging (Cr: 3)

Sophomore - Credits: 35

  • Individual and Society General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Art Elective  (Cr: 3)
ART 201 - Painting I (Cr: 3)
ART 250 - Printmaking (Cr: 3)
ART 205 - Three-Dimensional Design (Cr: 3)
ART 237 - History of Graphic Design (Cr: 3)
INT 200 - Internship II (Cr: 2)
GD 200 - Sophomore Design Studio (Cr: 3)
GD 226 - Typography II (Cr: 3)
GD 230 - Web Design (Cr: 3)
GD 326 - Typography III (Cr: 3)

Junior - Credits: 30

  • Global Issues General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Graphic Design Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Elective   (Cr: 3)
ART 302 - Portfolio (Cr: 3)
ART 303 - Theory and Research in Visual Design (Cr: 3)
GD 310 - Interactive Design (Cr: 3)
GD 360 - Junior Graphic Design Studio I (Cr: 3)
GD 361 - Junior Graphic Design Studio II (Cr: 3)

Senior - Credits: 30

  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Grpahic Design or Photography Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives    (Cr: 6)
GD 480 - Semester Internship (Cr: 12)
GD 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
GD 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graphic design program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the art fields.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction and distribution of visual messages. 
  • Demonstrate a strong handling of perceptual skills in drawing.
  • Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
  • Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.
  • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the discipline.
  • Describe and respond to audiences and contexts, including recognition of physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions.
  • Create and develop a meaningful visual form using the principles of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, and aesthetics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of design history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives.
  • Clearly and concisely articulate design concepts, solutions and rationale.
  • Demonstrate willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, including tackling controversial topics.
  • Integrate creativity and vision in pursuing thought-provoking visual design concepts using typography, symbolic representation, and color.
  • Deconstruct concepts, applying and carrying them out in a sophisticated and unique visual solution.

Computer Requirements

School of Visual and Performing Arts
Department of Visual Communications
Recommended Computer Specifications Fall 2016

Endicott College requires all incoming students to bring to campus a laptop that meets the specifications of their respective majors. The Visual Communications Department requires Graphic Design and Photography students to purchase an Apple laptop computer; below are specifications:

15” Macbook Pro with Retina Display

• 2.5 (or better) GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7
• Turbo Boost up to 3.7 GHz
• 16GB 1600 MHz memory (RAM)
• 512GB SSD (solid state drive)
• Intel Iris Pro Graphics + AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 memory
• NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M Iris Pro Graphics (or equivalent)
• Built-in battery (8 hours)
• Apple care Protection Plan

Hard Drives and Storage
We recommend a portable Hard Drive of at least 1 Terabyte.  The interface should be USB 3.0 and/or Thunderbolt.  Having two interfaces on one drive is preferable should one become inoperable.

Recommended Brands
• LaCie Rugged 1 Terabyte, USB 3.0 or Thunderbolt (available at Apple or BH Photo and Video) 
• OWC Mercury On-the-go-pro, thunderbolt or USB 3.0  (available

In addition, a standalone desktop drive, for Apple Time Machine backup of your laptop, while not required can be beneficial and will serve to protect and preserve data. This can be any USB hard drive of at least 500GB.

An Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter is recommended if you have an existing Firewire drive, as you will need this to work with the desktop machines in the Mac Labs. The iMacs in these labs only have USB and Thunderbolt ports.

Recommended Software
• Adobe Creative Cloud for Mac
• Microsoft Office 365 for Mac (For reduced pricing on software for students, faculty and staff, please visit Endicott's special e-Academy website at 

Recommended Additional Warranty* (* included in purchase package)
• AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro 

For further information please contact:
Michael Miller at 978-922-2611 or email:
Heather Tobin at 978-232-2250 or email:

College Laptop Purchase Package*
(*Note: This link takes you to an external website not maintained by Endicott College. This website is maintained by our vendor partner, Micros Northeast. Endicott College accepts no responsibility for the content, availability, viewpoints, products or services that are offered on external websites.)

This program provides students with an excellent value on hardware, accidental damage coverage and on-campus support. Students who participate in the program will receive the following benefits:

• Standardized hardware and anti-virus protection
• Extended warranty and accidental damage policy
• On-campus service
• Loaners on a first-come, first-served basis if the laptop needs to be left for service
• Laptop trade-in option


Recent Internships for graphic design concentrators have included:

  • Boston Bruins
  • Boston Magazine
  • BlueLuna
  • EBSCO Publishing
  • GAP Promotions
  • IBM Design Lab
  • Marie Claire Magazine
  • MIT Media Lab
  • Mullen Advertising
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • PUMA North America
  • Soldier Design
  • Tank Design
  • TD Garden 
  • Yale University Graphics


  • BEAM Interactive
  • Boston Bruins / TD Garden
  • Boston Magazine
  • EBSCO Publishing
  • GAP Promotions
  • IBM Design Lab
  • Peabody Essex Museum
  • Tank Design
  • The Charles, NYC
  • Universal Music Group
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