Explore a host of career opportunities, from branding and animation, to user experience design, illustration and far beyond.
Are you obsessed with the power of visual language? Do you find typography dreamy? Want to take on a career developing memorable projects in print or creating seamless, beautiful UX design for a digital world?
Graphic Design might be the Moore major for you.
WHY CHOOSE GRAPHIC DESIGN AT MOORE?
- FUTURE-FOCUSED: Graphic Design is a richly varied field and you’ll be able to pursue any future path you want to take, thanks to a strong core curriculum that includes UX, web design and typography, as well as courses focused on areas like packaging design, hand lettering or brand identity development.
- ACCESS: You’ll meet and learn from emerging talents in the field as well as industry legends, thanks to our exciting annual Visiting Artist Workshop, field trips, and other opportunities.
- CAREER: Intern at a groundbreaking agency or find your niche designing for an industry you love—everything from book publishing to clothing retail to major league sports! It’ll be the first step toward landing a job you love.
Explore and select from a variety of exciting electives, including:
- Mobile App Design: develop an effective mobile app based on principles of design, interactivity and usability
- Crafting Type in FabLab: design original typefaces with tools like a 3D printer and laser cutter
- Photo Studio: develop digital camera, image editing, and printing skills
- Symbol Families: explore cartography, diagrams, wayfinding and environmental graphics
- Book, Box, Portfolio: learn historical and handcrafted bookbinding methods
Graphic Design alumni have had their work published in places like GD USA, Logo Lounge, PRINT Magazine, Creative Anarchy, How Magazine, The Big Book of Packaging, and the Adobe Achievement Awards, and have landed jobs at companies and organizations like…
- Brownstein Group
- Franklin Institute Science Museum
- Gap, Inc.
- Pittsburg Pirates
- Push 10
- Red Tettemer O’Connell + Partners
- Urban Outfitters
- Vanity Fair Magazine
PLUS: 100% of Moore Graphic Design students kick start their future careers with a paid internship, working with established artists and organizations like:
- Entro NY
- Lenox, Inc.
- Philadelphia Eagles
- Philadelphia Brewing Company
- Princeton University Press
- Quirk Books
- Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
“I was a finalist for internships with La Colombe, HelloFresh and Urban Outfitters. I chose one that is well paid and that will set me up for a job once I graduate. The world needs design and art. Moore understands that and helps to make your passion a profession.”
Emme Selby ’23, Graphic Design
Pictured: Book design by Emme Selby ’23, Graphic Design
Take Advantage of Our Expansive Graphic Design Facilities and Equipment
Everything you need for digital work: 27” iMacs, Epson P800 17”x22” inkjet printers, Xerox black and white and color printers, and scanners for documents up to 18”x24” in size
For wide-format work, including multiple 44”-wide photo-quality inkjet printers
Your future favorite place on campus, featuring a laser cutter/engraver, 3D scanners/printers, CNC Router, ceramics decal printer and a digital embroidery machine
Rent the same equipment the pros use, such as professional Canon SLRs and mirrorless cameras up to 45 megapixels, Prosumer DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras, film SLR cameras, 4 x 5 film cameras, HD video cameras, tripods, and audio accessories like digital audio recorders, boom mics, gimbal stabilizers, and more
Professional Shooting Studio
Fully equipped with a Hasselblad H5D-50 50MP camera, colored backdrops, green screen, strobes, hot lights and other accessories
MEET YOUR MAJOR
Watch our Meet Your Major: Graphic Design video to take a deeper dive into everything this program has to offer!
Network with the Pros
You’ll also meet guest critics and speakers—graphic design superstars who started out just like you—at special department events. Here’s a glimpse of some of our recent visitors:
Crider is the principal of Entro, a world leader in the field of branding and environmental design, with a legacy dating back 50 years and offices around the world in New York, Toronto, Calgary, Sydney and Zürich.
Anderson is a New York-based designer, educator and writer, and the first woman of color to be honored with the American National Design Awards’ Lifetime Achievement award from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in 2018.
E Bond ’96
A San Francisco-based artist and Moore alum, bond makes web work by day at Athleta and handmade, one-of-a-kind books and other printed pieces at night, under the studio name roughdrAftbooks.
Graphic Design Core Curriculum
In Year One you will learn the basics of graphic design and explore and experiment with color, symbols, design and type.
- 2D Design
- 3D Design
- Intro to Graphic Design
- Foundation Drawing I
- Visual Thinking
- Drawing Visual Communications OR Creative Design
- Color Theory
- Art History I & II
- Writing Workshop I & II
In Year Two you will develop and refine your skills in composition, digital illustration, symbol design, brand identity and publication design.
- Design Thinking and Application
- Typography I
- Digital Image Making
- The Printed Word
- Type and Image
- Web Design I
- Modern Art History Course
- Non-Western Art History
- Gender, Race, Class & Power
- Studio Electives
In Year Three you will expand your skills through applications like environmental and package design, UX and web design, experimental image making and typography, and an internship with industry experts.
- UX Design I
- Strategies and Applications
- Expressive Typography
- 3D Applications in Graphic Design
- Professional Development I
- UX Design II
- Web Design II
- Creative & Critical Studies Electives
- Studio Electives
In Year Four you will harness and apply all the skills you’ve learned at Moore—collaboration, technique, presentation, and communicating a vision—to 2D, 3D, motion, and interactive projects, and develop a professional documentation of work to begin your journey to future success in the field.
- Publication Design
- Design Systems
- Time Based Design
- Professional Practices in Graphic Design
- Professional Development II (Internship)
- Graphic Design Thesis
- Creative & Critical Studies Electives
You’ll also participate in our annual three-day Visiting Artist Workshop, and learn directly from design experts like:
- Lead Graffiti | Topic: Letterpress
- Gustavo Piqueira of Casa Rex, São Paulo, Brazil | Topic: Publication Design
- Google Creative Lab | Topic: Design for Social Causes
- Vanguard | Topic: Design Thinking
- Paula Scher of Pentagram | Topic: Designing for Nonprofits