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About the Division of Graphic Design (BGSUGD)
The Division of Graphic Design in the School of Art at Bowling Green State University (BGSUGD) is a dynamic, progressive, and responsive professional BFA in Graphic Design degree-granting program. BGSUGD encourages independent and collaborative thinking, creative problem solving/analytics and design, creative writing, design for the public good, exploration of alternative visual communication methods, and a solid understanding of modern professional practices. The curriculum reflects the dynamic social and professional changes of contemporary design, and responds to them in a pro-active manner through a continually evolving curriculum.

What is Graphic Design?
As human beings and consumers, we are surrounded by graphic design. Whether the medium is television, magazines, books, street signs, movies, CD covers, computers games, mobile devices, or the internet, we rely on graphic designers to help us access and make sense of the massive amount of information that surrounds us daily. Today's graphic designer is equal parts artist, communicator, and marketer--someone who understands differing audiences and who has the varied skills to communicate across multiple media. The designer's broad visual and technical skills are valued by corporations, product manufacturers, advertising and in-house agencies, design firms, and industries in need of individuals who work fluently with multimedia and emerging technologies.



Trained as resourceful visual communicators, our students have developed successful careers as graphic designers, art directors and communications specialists in a wide variety of related fields. Our alumni work for nationally recognized creative firms and major corporations across the country and provide a valuable network for our recent graduates' entry into the profession.

Places our alumni have worked at includes:

Architectural firms
Community agencies & organizations
Computer system design firms
Corporate media & identify design departments
Graphic Design firms (specific and multi-disciplinary)
Consultation firms
Engineering services
Galleries
Independent production companies
Industrial Design Firms
In-house studios (internal, within a organization/company)
Interior Design firms
Local, state & federal governments
Management, scientific & technical firms
Manufacturers and retailers
Marketing, advertising & public relations firms
Museums
Catalog, Newspaper, Periodical, Book & Directory publishers
Non-profit agencies
Printing companies
Schools, Colleges & Universities
Self-employment
Set Design studios
Web Design companies
Career Opportunities
Account Manager
Art Director
Communications Specialist
Copywriter
Corporate Executive
Creative Consultant
Creative Director
Design Director
Design Entrepreneur
Design Planner
Designer (various)
Information Architect (IA)
User Experience (UX)
Illustrator
Medical Illustrator
Project Developer
Project Manager
Educator (Teacher, Lecturer & College Professor, et al.)

BGSU AIGA Student Chapter

BGSU, the School of Art, and the Division of Graphic Design, in affiliation with AIGA Toledo, fully supports, and offers advising, mentorship and resources for, the BGSU AIGA Student Chapter, our highly respected student-run organization of AIGA, the professional association for designers. This AIGA, and partially University, funded organization is available to all undergraduate graphic design majors. The overall goal of the student chapter is to promote awareness of design, to highlight advances and opportunities in the field, and to assist younger design students in their individual and collective efforts to expand their design experiences. Chapter activities include at least one trip per year to a major city, as well as several regional trips, to visit printers, design studios, museums and art centers. The chapter frequently hosts local, regional, and national speakers involved in the design profession, many of whom are alumni of the program.

The chapter meets at least once a month to do things such as: plan club activities, attend lectures, view movies of interest, and discuss topical design issues. All interested majors are encouraged to contact Professor Todd Childers, faculty advisor to the group, for further information and contact with the current slate of student board members.

Designers Accord

The Division of Graphic Design (faculty group) is a signing member of the Designers Accord, a nonprofit coalition of designers, educators, researchers, engineers, business consultants, and corporations, focused on working together to create positive environmental and social impact. As such, our Graphic Design student majors and non-majors alike are being asked to voluntarily join the Division in its support for sustainable design practices by having a keen awareness for, and a full intention towards, reducing their individual impact on our environment. A commitment to this initiative could include, but not be limited to: responsible and reduced printing output; increased use of environmentally-friendly project materials; reduced overall use of total project materials as an alternative creative solution; monitored and reduced electric power consumption whenever possible; and proper disposal of all recycled and recyclable materials.

On a national level, all Designers Accord adopters, supporters, and endorsers follow a basic code of conduct:

Do no harm
Communicate and collaborate
Keep learning, keep teaching
Instigate meaningful change
Make theory action 

Student Work

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Liz Bayan

Position: Instructor, Graphic Design
Phone: 419-372-3910
Email: ebayan@bgsu.edu
Address: 204A FAC

Todd Childers

Todd Childers

Position: Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Phone: 419-372-8374
Email: btoddch@bgsu.edu
Address: 115 FAC

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Amy Fidler

Position: Lecturer, Graphic Design
Phone: 419-372-8688
Email: afidler@bgsu.edu
Address: 108 FAC

Jenn-Stucker

Jenn Stucker

Position: Associate Professor, Division Chair, Graphic Design
Phone: 419-372-2160
Email: jstuck@bgsu.edu
Address: 106 FAC

Lori Young

Lori Young [On Leave]

Position: Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Phone: 419-372-7763
Email: lyoung@bgsu.edu
Address: 107 FAC

BGSU's design and art resources include the modern $11 million School of Art facility which services a wide range of applied arts and fine arts disciplines. The School also houses the Center for Advanced Visualization and Education (CAVE) lab which is complete with state-of-the-art Macintosh work stations, complete with the latest design software. 

For more information, visit the CAVE facilities page.

BGSU AIGA Student Chapter

BGSU, the School of Art, and the Division of Graphic Design, in affiliation with AIGA Toledo, fully supports, and offers advising, mentorship and resources for, the BGSU AIGA Student Chapter, our highly respected student-run organization of AIGA, the professional association for designers. This AIGA and University partially funded organization is available to all undergraduate graphic design majors. The overall goal of the student chapter is to promote awareness of design, to highlight advances and opportunities in the field, and to assist younger design students n their individual and collective efforts to expand their design experiences. Chapter activities include at least one trip per year to a major city, as well as several regional trips, to visit printers, design studios, museums and art centers. The chapter frequently hosts local, regional and national speakers involved in the design profession, many of whom are alumni of the program. The chapter meets at least once a month to do such things as: plan club activities, attend lectures, view movies of interest, and discuss topical design issues. All interested majors are encouraged to contact Professor Todd Childers faculty advisor to the group, for further information and contact with the current slate of student board members.

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