In the GDUSA February 2017 magazine, which kicked off our 54 th year of publishing, we released our annual Students To Watch selections. Now we’ve compiled a list of our favorite institutions that excel in preparing students to work successfully and effectively in a professional graphic design setting. The list is based on a mix of objective and subjective factors, including our own decades long relationships with designers, students, recruiters, educators. The names are alphabetical. The reach is national. The theme is timely: design education is more important than ever as the lines between studio and classroom, office and academy, university and society, continue to blur. And as designers play an increasingly influential role in shaping commerce and culture.
The First Hundred Years of Printing in British North America: Printers and Collectors - This year marks the 350th anniversary of printing in what is now the United States. In the first century of that period the business of printing was in its infancy, confined to a handful of developing cities on the Atlantic seaboard and practiced by a small number of craftsmen. Even before the first century drew to a close in 1740, a historian, Thomas Prince, was attempting to collect the materials printed in the British colonies in North America.
Founded in 1978, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) is home to more than 12,000 students enrolled in more than 40 degree programs. The school also offers 70 minors and certificate programs, and a large number of online programs. With campuses in Atlanta, Hong Kong, and Lacoste, France, SCAD also offers plenty of opportunities to study at both domestic and international locations. The school also offers more graphic design programs than just about any other school on our list. Options include BA, BFA, MA, and MFA degrees in Graphic Design as well as a Minor and a Certificate Program. A Design Management MA is also on the menu.