La Roche University’s graphic design major is structured to offer you opportunities to fully engage in current design thinking, develop your own personal design voice and become an innovator in the field of design.
A graphic design degree from La Roche prepares you to work at graphic design firms, advertising agencies, corporate communication departments, multimedia firms or publishing firms as a graphic designer, art director, creative director, interactive designer, book designer, illustrator and more.
La Roche is one of only two colleges in the area to be fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).
La Roche design alumni have made an impact regionally as well as nationally. Graduates of our program are creative directors, graphic designers, interactive designers and art directors at some of the top firms including Apple, American Eagle, Lockerz, MAYA, Brunner, Mullen and A to Z Communications. Alumni give current students a vast network of internship and employment possibilities.
Our faculty brings an impressive depth of knowledge and diversity to the classroom. Many of our full-time and adjunct faculty work and exhibit outside of the classroom. This, in turn, informs their coursework and keeps our students current with the most up-to-date information about the design industry.
AIGA Student Group
We encourage graphic design students to join the La Roche AIGA student group, our student chapter of the national professional organization for design. The group offers students at all levels the opportunity to interact with and learn from each other through a mentoring initiative, special projects and events throughout the year.
During the Graphic Design Department’s annual Immersions project, teams of junior and senior students have 48 hours to develop concepts and creative solutions for a nonprofit organization solicited and selected by the graphic design faculty. This project gives students an opportunity to interact with real-world clients while helping local nonprofits with their communication needs.
Through our internship program, you have the opportunity to work with and learn from design professionals. All internships are approved by faculty to make sure that the location is appropriate for each student.
Students are required to take one three-credit internship, but many students opt to take a second, giving them more experience and possibilities for employment after graduation.
Our students have interned at some of the top firms in the area including: Mullen, MAYA, Smith Brothers, Elisco Advertising, American Eagle Outfitters and FSC Marketing Communications.
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