I believe that teaching graphic design as a process-oriented activity helps students to develop life-long skills of thinking and tinkering and to develop a process that maintains creative curiosity across disciplines and technologies.
Look around. You live in an ever-increasing visual world. Graduates with art and design degrees are poised to succeed in the 21st-century creative market. Today’s world is overloaded with more communication than ever. Everywhere you turn, there are print ads, billboards, web graphics, and display advertising. That’s why now, more than ever, it’s important that visual elements of business and advertising be as strong as possible.
Graphic design is a career-oriented program in which you’ll develop skills and knowledge of studio art along with graphic design. The ability to create an original concept through your technical abilities in drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and design will provide you with adaptive skills to solve complex visual communication problems. You’ll graduate professionally equipped as a 21st-century design thinker, maker, and entrepreneur.
You’ll explore traditional studio techniques and media, digital production and editing software, and a strong contextual and art historical framework within the department. The graphic design program prepares Clarke students through progressive skill development and design experiences. Designers combine traditional and digital media to convey meaning through the organization of text and image, and to visually communicate their ideas for a variety of service-related and social-design challenges.
Admission to Clarke University
Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.
Art + Design offers renewable Fine Arts Talent Awards for excellence in performance. Ask about other financial support available through the admissions office.
Program in Pictures
I love to take students abroad and help them learn new things, such as how to navigate the Paris Metro or the London Tube. I encourage them to experience a sense of awe in unexpected places.
My ultimate goal is that, through developing their artist selves, students will become self-aware, empathetic, and have a clearer realization of who they aspire to become, as well as their relationship to their world.
Approaching course content with excitement adds an energetic atmosphere. As a teaching artist, I share insights into the practices of a working artist. Through my dedication and accomplishments, students are inspired to find their artistic voice.
The Classroom and Beyond
Our Students & Alumni
I have two passions: baseball and art. It’s a bit of an odd combo, but Clarke helps me make it work. I also enjoy the one-on-one time with art department faculty.
Stephanie (Kronlage) Manternach
I currently work at a small design studio where I am responsible for everything from art direction to print production. The education I acquired at Clarke successfully prepared me for this position.
I was recruited by staff at the Swiss Valley Nature Center to assist with a new graphic signature for their brochure map. This led to an internship in finding nature parks across Dubuque County. I just learned that I am one of four Clarke Art + Design majors to have drawings selected for the Iowa Public Radio Coloring Book.
Students work one-on-one with art professors who are practicing artists, well-known in their fields.
Percent of our graphic design students get hands-on experience in a required internship, many of which lead to full-time positions in the art industry.
Each year, Clarke University graphic design students win recognition at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) Dubuque ADDY Awards.