two students looking at a design project on a boardThe design major focuses on creating objects that inform, delight, persuade, and facilitate human lives. In the 2D concentration, students create the surfaces of objects both in print and on-screen. In the 3D concentration, students fabricate objects close to hand using human-centered design principles informed by industrial design.

Students choose a concentration in either 2D graphic design or 3D product design. Students engage in many enriching learning experiences both on and off campus, including guest artist lectures, demonstrations, and field trips to museums, galleries, and local studios.


After graduation, students have had successful careers in the industry working in creative environments such advertising agencies, design firms, marketing firms, and in-house agencies. Many graduates have also continued to serve their local community through freelance and pro-bono services.

Our graduates have worked at places such as:

Brune Printing
Competition Graphics
Defiance College
R&B Fabrication, Inc.



Creating Defiance is a Project 701 student-run design studio whose mission is to provide visual communication services to the College and local community. Graphic design students involved with the group have the opportunity to gain professional work experience by working with real clients to create logos, marketing collateral, communication materials, and much more.


Beverly Fanning, MFA