Western Washington University · Bellingham, Washington
What is the study of Design?
The Department of Design identifies design as the visual communication of ideas. The program utilizes a curriculum that emphasizes the process of problem solving and encourages students to make connections between culture and design, and their role as visual communicators. Students learn to combine personal expression and critical thinking as they create solutions that connect industry to an audience and themselves to the world.
Why Should I Consider this Major?
Career opportunities are found in all segments of industry, both in the private and public sector. Western Design graduates go on to work in advertising agencies, design firms, in-house departments, paper companies, printing firms, as well as serving as private consultants in corporate identity, environmental graphic design, packaging, publication and web design. They work as Designers, Art Educators, Production Managers, Web Designers and Digital Image Makers.
“Although Seattle has been a key market for Western Design graduates with employment at Boeing, Bon-Macy's, Eddie Bauer, Microsoft, Nike, Nordstrom, K2 and Starbucks, nationally recognized design and advertising firms such as Landor, Chiat-Day and Oglivy-Mather have also hired Western graduates. The strength of the graduates is the result of the positioning of their design education within a liberal arts tradition and the seamless integration of technology in the curriculum. Students are encouraged to make connections between culture and design, combining personal expression and critical thinking. As they take on their roles as visual communicators, graduates create solutions that connect industry, individuals, and institutions to specific audiences, and themselves to the world.”
- Elsi Vassdal Ellis, Faculty
"The design program at Western is more than typefaces and logos and file preparation, it is a lifestyle. The energy that runs through the department gets into your veins and leaves you wondering how anyone can survive without it. Life long friends are made, skills are acquired, and memories will not be forgotten. These are only some of the reasons why time after time I am told how much employers love hiring Western design graduates."
- Torin Kovach, Student
- Graphic Designer
- Web Designer
- Design Production Manager
- Art Director
- Digital Image Maker
- Creative Director