University of the Pacific Graphic Design

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había de delectare, docere et movere nuestros afectos

it should delight, educate and move our affection/feelings

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Graphic Design

Recent design projects at Pacific have included the following:

Illustration students continue successful client-based projects for book and magazine publishing and have completed a pilot course in scientific Illustration. Graphic Design students were awarded the prestigious Hoefer Prize for their extensive work producing a Wayfinding design proposal for Pacific’s campus. An additional noteworthy project for Pacific student graphic designers has been an ongoing design relationship with the McDonald Estate vineyards. The label design for the McDonald’s Cor Sanaré 2009 vintage won a bronze medal at the prestigious international wine festival in San Francisco during the summer of 2010. Design Internship and Practicum experiences for Pacific students continue to expand in quantity and quality and currently have students working in several areas around the world in addition to on-campus opportunities with ASuop design and the Pacific Office of Marketing. Summer opportunities have included working with faculty on research-based design projects in China as well as individual internships in Australia, San Francisco and L.A. The DeltaFusion Pageant offers a multitude of opportunities for designers to work with other artists, musicians, story tellers, mask makers and costume designers in producing giant puppets to symbolize and connect the stories of the people of the Delta. The student literary arts magazine “Calliope” has won national acclaim for its outstanding design for the past three issues. Three graduating design students won national attention in the AIGA sponsored FLUX design competition. Fashion shows, “Paint on our Walls” gallery exhibitions, undergraduate research presentations on both national and regional levels, book illustration, catalog design, video production, are additional opportunities to name a few. As a result, graduating majors leave Pacific prepared to enter graduate programs or engage in professional level work within a multitude of specific design related areas.

Proficiency in any single design subject area is not enough. The experience of studying and applying design successfully is profoundly enhanced by studying within a liberal arts environment. Specific skills and knowledge in the design areas are informed with a thorough academic grounding in a curriculum of rigorous and provocative general education. Real success also demands that designers be professionally active and passionate about the subject of their individual disciplines.  Be sure to make use of the Department Facebook page to correspond with other students and share important contributions to each other’s creative design culture and education.