Apr 20, 2024  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Communication Arts


Thomas P. Brennan, Chair and Graphic Communications Coordinator
Robbin L. Buller, Studio Art Coordinator
Steven E. Harders
Mitchell E. Henke
Amin R. Khalil, Graphic Design Coordinator
Jennifer G. Newton
Christina M. Rupsch
Michelle L. Sureus

Mission Statement

The Department of Communication Arts mission is to offer our students a well-rounded and comprehensive educational experience in the graphic communications, packaging, imaging industries, graphic design, and studio art. We will do this by providing staff, facilities, and curriculum responsive to current industry trends.

Educational Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have a comprehensive technical knowledge of the printing processes, technologies, and hands-on skills in graphic communications.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate aesthetic and historical understanding in the visual arts.
  3. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design and manufacture graphic communications products using the methods of the discipline to industry standards.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of aesthetics and design, media specialization, and professional presentation and skill in the application of their chosen artistic media
  5. Graduates will be able to apply critical thinking, oral, written, and effective listening skills.
  6. Graduates will have a depth of understanding that will afford them the opportunity to have a career in the field of graphic communications or advanced studies.
  7. Graduates will demonstrate professional growth and development in the visual arts that prepares them to pursue graduate studies or a career in an art-related field.

Portfolio Process for Graphic Design and Studio Art

Annual Portfolio Reviews: Each art student is also required to submit a portfolio for annual reviews. Submission dates are established at the beginning of each semester and will appear in art course syllabi. Should a student’s portfolio be rejected, he/she may make appropriate changes within a time frame established by the professors. Eligibility for upper level courses and continuance in the art program is established by approval of portfolio.

Final Senior Portfolio Review: Graduating seniors must submit a final senior portfolio as part of the ART 499  capstone course. All art major students are required to take ART 499 - Senior Exhibition/Portfolio   and pass the senior portfolio review, and participate in a solo or group senior exhibition prior to graduation.

Portfolio Requirements

Students must submit portfolios to continue in the art program. Please include a variety of work appropriate to demonstrate your graphic design/studio art potential, your creativity and technical skills. Include the following:

  • Number of Pieces - first review (minimum of 10), second review (minimum of 15),   (minimum of 20).
  • Media - Specific requirements for submissions are set at the beginning of each semester and made available to students.
  • Format - Only electronic submissions, a CD with PDF files of artwork, are accepted.
  • Submission Deadline - Submissions are required in conjunction with enrollment in certain courses, including ART 499. Criteria and due dates are discussed at applicable times.