In the January/February 2022 print magazine, which kicked off our 59th year of publishing, GDUSA released our annual Students To Watch roundup. Now we’ve compiled a list of 50 of our favorite institutions that prepare students to work in professional graphic design, based on a mix of objective and subjective factors, including our own decades long relationships with designers, students, recruiters, educators. The list is alphabetical. The reach is national. The theme is that education (and educators) are more important than ever as the lines blur evermore between the classroom and the studio, the academy and the office, the campus and the society.
Every student in the program learns the foundations of visual aesthetics, design research, the creative process, and a variety of tools and technology. Students can extend this core knowledge to either the Graphic Design Communication or Web Design & Development specialization in order to find their unique place within the ever-changing and expanding design profession.
By fostering curiosity, faculty empower students to develop individual points of view and equip them to investigate and tackle the complex challenges of our profession and the world. We provide students with opportunities to explore a range of techniques and applications, to collaborate with peers and faculty from other programs, to work on industry projects, and to engage with the professional design community.