Graphic Design


Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honours
Master of Fine Arts

Graphic Design

Graphic Design students have the opportunity to work on the award-winning magazine Bulletin, published by Ilam Press at the Ilam School of Fine Arts.


Initial studies in this subject deal with the pragmatic processes and components of graphic design, with a focus on typography. Advancing studies become more self-motivated as students define areas of research that interest them. Seminars given by staff, visiting professionals and other students address current issues in graphic design and help students locate their interests within the tradition and trajectory of contemporary design.

Students are introduced to current technology throughout their courses. Alongside digital processes and artefacts, students are also encouraged to investigate other more traditional processes, such as screen printing.


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Career opportunities

Students majoring in Graphic Design have positions as graphic designers, professional artists, consultants, illustrators, publishers, marketers, advertisers, lecturers and art teachers.

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New Zealand

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