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Centennial University Serves as a National Model


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Centennial University’s graphic design program is frequently listed as one of the nation’s top graphic design degrees. We integrate the most current technology into our courses, using an innovative teaching approach that has become a national model for graphic design schools. In our program, students begin with an immersive introduction to the visual arts. All students spend the freshman year taking the basic art courses in drawing, design, painting, and sculpture. With these courses, students build a strong visual foundation and master the fundamentals of color, structure, and texture.

Students divide their time equally among classroom instruction, studio work, and field trips to museums and galleries. Small class sizes enable incoming students to interact heavily with faculty and other students, producing an “art colony” atmosphere. First-year students also take required writing courses in both semesters. No electives are available to freshmen. Centennial University places more emphasis on foundational courses than most schools do, and students benefit by developing work habits and thought processes that are essential to excellence in the visual arts.

Second-year courses build on visual art fundamentals by integrating design concepts. Required courses include photography, typography, illustration, layout, and printmaking.  Also during the second year, students begin working with a range of industry-standard graphic design software packages. During each semester of their second year, students can choose from among electives such as drawing, animation, 2-D and 3-D design, architecture, landscape design, and web design.

Third-year students begin to specialize in an area of concentration while progressing to more advanced uses of graphics software. They complete a range of real-world projects submitted by industry partners, refining their problem-solving skills while developing an initial portfolio of work that includes print, digital, and 3-D products.

Career Preparation

Half of the senior year is spent on a graphic design internship, working in a professional setting. The other half consists of an independent capstone project, culminating in a professional portfolio that students can use to launch their careers. Our program has an exceptional reputation within the industry, leading to an extraordinary job placement record for our students. Recent graduates have found jobs in a variety of industries, including:

  • desktop publishing
  • magazine and newspaper layout
  • commercial printing
  • advertising
  • web design
  • broadcast graphics design
  • computer graphics
  • technical illustration
  • scientific illustration
  • package design