Do you care about design elements like color, font, and symmetry? Interested in creating designs that communicate strong, clear, and accessible messages that attract attention? The Digital Art and Graphic Design program merges creative thinking with technical skills, giving you the visual communications skills in demand in marketing, advertising, social media, theatrical production, and online publishing careers. Explore how to assess your audience and design for the proper channels to meet your audience wherever they are. This program can be taken either as a concentration or as a minor and easily pairs with other programs to set yourself up for careers in marketing, communications, social media, theatre, and publishing.
Because of the small class sizes at Elmira College, you’ll get individual attention from your professors while learning design techniques and how to use the latest software, including the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools. You’ll learn the fundamentals of how to design content that is accessible and attractive to your audience, skills that are in high demand among employers. This versatile program is designed to pair well with our Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, and Fashion Marketing programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
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What career opportunities are there in Digital Art and Graphic Design?
This program is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a graphic design graduate program and, ultimately, a graphic design career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average median pay for graphic designers in 2020 was $53,380, above the national average. You can also pair this program with other programs that will set you up for marketing, communications, social media, theatre, and publishing careers.
What internship opportunities are available to art majors at Elmira?
Art students have a number of internship opportunities at Elmira. Recently, EC students have completed internships with the Arnot Art Museum (in Elmira, walking distance from the College), The Rockwell Museum, National Soaring Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Chemung County Historical Society, Community Arts of Elmira (in Elmira, walking distance from the College), and the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.
Does Elmira offer study abroad?
Yes! Many Term III courses offered have an art and culture component focusing on art museums, architecture, and public monuments. All students may take Term III trips that include the arts specific to the country they visit. For example, in 2019, a group of Elmira students studied abroad in Greece and Rome. Over the four-week trip, students explored various monuments and museums in Rome, Athens, Mycenae, Delphi, Olympia, and the island of Crete.
Will I have access to design software?
Yes! Students have full-campus access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of tools, which are the industry standards.