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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graphic Design

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The graphic design program offers a comprehensive curriculum in print and interactive media that prepares students for a variety of careers in the field.  Graduates typically find employment in graphic design studios or advertising agencies in the region or Minneapolis/St. Paul. Students have the opportunity to develop portfolios that include a variety of print layout forms, identity design, packaging concepts, web design, and motion graphic pieces.

At the foundation of the training is a strong orientation to developing creative visual problem solving techniques, applying the principles of design, and obtaining the technical skills needed to produce meaningful and relevant work. Students explore visual solutions through a creative process that includes research, brainstorming, concept development, and class critiques.

There is a strong sense of community and cooperation among the students. Most join an active student chapter of the AIGA, the professional association for design. This organization facilitates freelance project opportunities, field trips to studios, agencies, and production shops, and sponsors other projects such as speakers and design symposia on campus. Follow the MNSU Mankato Student Chapter on Facebook.


Ali Wilkinson, Poster Series, Fall 2010
Art 220 Graphic Design I


Art 202 Intro to Digital Media

Holly Theobald, Exquisite Corpse, Fall 2010
Art 202 Intro to Digital Medai


Art 202 Intro to Digital Media

Carissa Delestre, Flag, Fall 2010
Art 202 Intro to Digital Media



Sarah Peterson, Packaging, Fall 2010
Art 420 Graphic Design III