Students in the graphic design program at BEAU have another outlet to express their creativity while honing their professional skills. The university recently held a kick-off party to unveil the Graphic Design Club. The club is in the process of being AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) affiliated and will host campus events throughout the year.
During the kick-off event, students and faculty came together to network with one another and take part in a number of design-oriented activities including creating typography brownies, making buttons, analyzing interactive content on applications and websites, and investigating certain types of package designs.
Graphic Design Program Chair and club organizer Erin Coleman-Cruz has a number of goals for the new group.
“The goals of the Graphic Design Club are to integrate creative practice, design thinking, and professionalism in a hands-on exciting format,” Coleman-Cruz said. “Here students can pursue projects like screen-printing t-shirts, network with local folks, plan field trips or even host events related to the theme of graphic design.”
While the group is intended for graphic design students, all majors are encouraged to join the club as there is a lot of crossover between the programs.
“We welcome all students because everyone at BEAU does at least one thing that connects to the graphic design world, be it designing a band gig poster, doing typography for film credits, or creating interactive content/animation for a website,” Coleman-Cruz said. “It is important to have a club in which you can try new things without having to worry about a grade and that might become a powerful tool for their future careers.”