Graphic Design


Graduating Thinkers with Curious Minds

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 that 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.


Hardware & Software Recommendations (updated 06/29/12)
BGSUGD F12-S13 Hardware & Software Recommendations (PDF)


BGSUGD Program Standards
Program Standards (PDF)

Independent Study (ARTD 4700)
(for Spring 2013, due to Chair no later than Friday, Nov. 9, 2013)
Guidelines, Procedures & Application (PDF)

Internship (ARTD 4890) (for Summer 2013, due to Internship Coordinator no later than May 5, 2013)
Internship Documentation (pdf)

Sophomore Portfolio Review (Group A: Thurs., April 25, 2013; Group B: Fri., April 26, 2013)
Review Packet (pdf)

Class of 2014 Senior Thesis Proposal
(due to Chair no later than Friday, March 1, 2013)
Senior Thesis Packet (pdf)
Class of 2014 Senior Thesis Progress Review Day 1 (Fri., Oct. 18, 2013, 9am - 5pm)
Class of 2014 Senior Thesis Progress Review Day 2 (Fri., Oct. 25, 2013, 9am - 5pm)

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, complete with 20 state-of-the-art Macintosh workstations, Silicon Graphics workstations and Media 100 Non-Linear Digital Video editing systems, along with a full complement of scanners and high resolution video and color output equipment. A second teaching lab of 20 Macintosh workstations supplements the primary CAVE Mac lab. All lab workstations are outfitted with the latest design software (to include the latest version of the Adobe Creative Suite (CS), which includes: InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Acrobat Professional), as well as the Adobe OpenType typeface library, which affords students access to over 2,300 of the strongest and most respected typefaces available. 

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.

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 his 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 

Todd Childers

Todd Childers

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

Amy Fidler

Amy Fidler

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

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Ryan Shelley

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

Jenn Stucker

Jenn Stucker

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

Lori Young

Lori Young

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

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.
Work Environments
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
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
Catalog, Newspaper, Periodical, Book & Directory publishers
Non-profit agencies
Printing companies
Schools, Colleges & Universities
Set Design studios
Web Design companies
Career Opportunities
Account Manager
Art Director
Communications Specialist
Corporate Executive
Creative Consultant
Creative Director
Design Director
Design Entrepreneur
Design Planner
- book, brochure, catalog
- corporate & brand identity, communications
- digital arts
- educational (textbooks, et al.)
- environmental, exhibit & display, wayfinding / signage
- experience
- graphic
- greeting card
- film title
- information - interactive
- interactive (Flash, et al.)
- magazine
- motion
- multimedia
- print
- non-profit
- package (CPG: consumer package goods, et al.)
- product
- promotional & advertising
- sport graphics
- toy
- manuals/systems
- television / on-air graphics
- typographer / calligrapher / lettering specialists
- website
Information Architect (IA)
User Experience (UX)
Medical Illustrator
Project Developer
Project Manager
Educator (Teacher, Lecturer & College Professor, et al.)

Garrett Bodette, Shift Identity, 2009
Michelle Henry, Revocation of the Letter K, 2009
Ana Vasquez, Our Phobias, 2009
Michael Grump Jr, Molecular Expression, 2010
Nick Yoho, Idol Decks, 2010
Kara Smarsh, BFA Senior Show, 2012
Morgan Swedberg, Reddin Symposium, 2011
Steve Weigman, Mad River Rentals App, 2011
Sandra Winner, Alamo Car Rental App, 2011
Niki Kenning, Celestial Tea Identity, 2012
Ashley Lawson, Spark Portfolio Review Day Poster, 2012
Benjamin Romaker, Lettergrams, 2012
Garrett Bodette, Art in Tarta Bus, 2009
Zach Seuberling, Tearing Down Hate, 2009
Tyler Deal, Poster for BGSU Musical Arts Department, 2011
Ryan Roche, Make Your Case Campaign, 2010
Angie Baker, Issue Codes, 2012
Kara Smarsh, Celestial Seasoning Mobile App, 2011
Morgan Swedberg, Input Output Portfolio Review Campaign, 2011
Sandra Winner, Tworthy, 2012
Melanie Giveins, Design Dictionary, 2012
Niki Kenning, Bear Up, 2012
Candace Marrin, In Visible, 2012
Zach Schmidt, Education in the Nation, 2012
Lindsy Buser, Art in Tarta Bus Reflecting Colors, 2009
Taylor Tietjen, Paperfull, 2009
Tyler Deal, Interscope Poster, 2010
Ryan Roche, Life is Pleasant, 2010
Angie Baker, Elixir Packaging, 2011
Kara Smarsh, Birds Not Bombs, 2011
Drew Sweress, Walk More Drive Less, 2011
Sandra Winner, Reconvenience, 2012
Michael Gump Jr, Pure Bake Shop Packaging, 2010
Jenelle Koles, Design Dictionary, 2012
Jacob Parr, Semiotics Book Jacket, 2012
Abbott Skelding, Most Common Words, 2012