What is Graphic Design?
Graphic Design is visual communication and visual problem solving. This kind of visual communication can be found printed on a poster, a bag of chips, a can of soda, on the display of your laptop, or anything out in the real world or digital realm. You may not realize it now, but Graphic Design is all around you. You see as many as 5,000 advertisements a day. That means, you see Graphic Design more than 5,000 times a day, because advertising is just one medium in which you will find Graphic Design. Graphic Design can be artistic, illustrative, systematic, and even simple. Ultimately though, it is up to you, the designer, to problem solve and find with the most effective solution. Our Graphic Design Program is NASAD accredited and is the largest program between Kansas City and North Texas and has truly become a center of excellence at UCO.

What can I do with a BFA in Graphic Design?
You can do anything you want to do! No... really.. you can! The beauty of Graphic Design is that there are so many platforms it can spread across. Graphic Design is one of the most versatile careers you will find. With a BFA in Graphic Design, you will have the skills to be a web designer, a print designer, an advertising designer, creative director, art director, a package designer... the list goes on.

For more information, contact Amy Johnson, ajohnson54@uco.edu



What is Interior Design?
Interior Design is all about spaces – the planning of space, the comfort of a space, the emotional aspects of a space, the safety of a space, and the functionality of a space. Interior Designers develop and plan spaces which protect the health and welfare of the user while creating aesthetically pleasing and functional environments. The Interior Design program helps equip students with the knowledge, skills, and work needed to pursue a career as an effective designer. Our Interior Design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). We will help equip you with the knowledge, skills, and work needed to pursue a career as an effective designer.

What can I do with a BFA in Interior Design?
A BFA in Interior Design will give you many career opportunities. The two main categories are Commercial Design and Residential Design. Commercial Design includes, but is not limited to hotels, businesses and restaurants. Residential Design entails designing spaces in client's homes. No matter the route you decide to go with your career, you will leave not only with the knowledge and skills to be a great designer, but you will also have a working knowledge of structural requirements, building codes, and health and safety concerns.

For more information, contact Valerie Settles, vsettles@uco.edu


Illustration Minor
If you love drawing and illustrating, the Illustration Minor is for you! Classes required to complete this minor are Foundations I, II, III and IV, Illustration I, II and III, Sequential Illustration, and Character Design. During the Fall semester of your senior year, you will participate in the Illustration Capstone show, which is simultaneous with Illustration III.
For more information, contact Keith Webb, kwebb5@uco.edu

History of Design Minor
Are you interested in learning about the history of the two creative trades, Graphic and Interior Design? To complete this minor, you will take History of Graphic Design I, II and III, History of Interior Design I, II and III, History of Illustration, History of Design, History of Typography, and Historic Preservation.
For more information, contact Amanda Horton, ahorton4@uco.edu

Clocktower, Inktank & Charles Evans
The Department of Design operates three semi-professional design studios: ClockTower Studio and InkTank Studio for Graphic Design majors, and Charles Evans Studio for Interior Design majors. These studios are staffed by students who exhibit a high-caliber of design skills. The students work in teams with a designated Art Director / Project Manager. Students take turns filling different roles within the team. The work produced is portfolio worthy and of professional quality. The student designers receive valuable real-world work experience that cannot be obtained in a typical design classroom. Students gain insight and expertise working with clients, budgets, material limitations, and deadlines.

To request to be a client of Clocktower or Inktank, please contact:
Amy Johnson
405.974.5200
ajohnson54@uco.edu


To request to be a client of Charles Evans, please contact:
Valerie Settles
405.974.5219
vsettles@uco.edu

Scholarships
Click here for information on UCO's College of Fine Arts & Design Scholarships:
CFAD Scholarships
For questions about scholarships, please contact Deborah Baucom at dbaucom@uco.edu
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