Why Choose Nazareth for Visual Communication Design?

The program combines studies in graphic design, web design, advertising, typography, illustration, and integrative studies in the liberal arts, providing you with essential competencies for visual communication. Program curriculum is focused on preparing you for a broad range of careers in the creative field or for graduate school. Professional networking is integrated into your experience through associations with local chapters of American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the American Advertising Federation (AAF), internships, guest speakers, and agency tours.

You will develop creative problem-solving skills and visual responses to communication problems, using digital and analog media for design. Working independently and in collaborative teams, you'll learn to create effective and refined images for a broad range of target audiences. In-depth learning culminates the final year in development of a professional portfolio and placement in a professional internship experience. Graduates find employment in advertising, marketing, multimedia and web design, packaging design, publication design, and branding.

B.F.A. and B.S. Degree Highlights

  • Focus on professional preparation and portfolio building
  • Benefit from the combination of a strong studio curriculum in digital and analog media and a liberal arts education
  • B.S. degree allows for elective options to accommodate a second major, minor, or study abroad experience

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Contact Information

Sherri Baker Hamilton

Sherri Baker Hamilton

Assistant Professor & Director of the Visual Communication Design Program in Art
585-389-2488
sbaker1@naz.edu
Arts Center 162
Bio

Education: B.S., Studio Art, Nazareth College

Areas of Academic Interest: Graphic design, typography, advertising design, packaging design, and illustration.

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Mary Bonomo, graphic design alum and assistant art director

Spotlight: Mary Bonomo ’15

"Naz prepared me for my current job through the awesome internship requirement. Doing three internships in college really helped me figure out exactly what kind of work environment I would excel in, and this knowledge propelled me to make career decisions that are best for my professional future,” says Bonomo, assistant art director at The Martin Group marketing firm, whose clients include Wegmans, The Buffalo Bills, and Hillside Family of Agencies.

Example Careers

  • Art director
  • Creative director
  • Digital media designer
  • Exhibit designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Production artist
  • Publication designer
  • UI/UX designer
  • Web designer

Internships

  • American Cancer Society
  • Antithesis Advertising
  • Butler/Till Media
  • Clark CSM
  • Dixon Schwabl
  • JWT, New York City
  • Lime Design
  • Martino Flynn
  • Mason Marketing
  • Minerva Design
  • Partners + Napier
  • Roberts Communication
  • Rochester Business Journal
  • Strong National Museum of Play

Employers

  • Big Arrow Group, New York City
  • Butler/Till Media
  • CypherWorx
  • Edge Advertising
  • Harris Corporation
  • Martino Flynn
  • Mason Marketing
  • Mirus Group
  • Partners + Napier
  • Roberts Communications
  • Rochester Institute of Technology Cary Graphic Arts Press
  • The Ski Company
  • Tool Studios, Denver, CO
  • Trampoline Design, Glens Falls, NY