When you study Graphic Design at Madonna University, you receive individualized attention and specialized instruction from industry professionals. Not only will you learn how to become a working graphic designer, you will begin practicing with real world projects in the classroom.
Create and grow your portfolio as you enhance the studio experience by taking advantage of internships and possible freelance projects! Working independently and within groups of other artists, you will gain experience with industry technologies and exposure to creative graphic design trends.
|Art Director/Creative Director|
|Environmental Designer (Signage and Wayfinding)|
|Information Designer (Charts and other data communication)|
|Print Designer (Collateral/Editorial/Publication)|
|College for Creative Studies|
|Michigan State University|
|The New School|
|Saginaw Valley State|
|Savannah College of Art and Design|
|School of Visual Arts|
|University of Michigan Stamps School|
|Wayne State University|
|Brogan & Partners|
|Great Lakes Wine and Spirits|
|Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village|
|MGM Grand Detroit|
|Miami Heat Basketball|
|Nothville District Library|
|Olympia Entertainment/Red Wings Hockey|
|Rainbow Rehabilitation Centers|
|Specs Howard School of Media Arts|
|Yazaki North America|
You will begin with introductory courses that provide a strong foundation on which to build. The courses that follow focus on learning graphic design software, typography and developing strong concept skills enabling you to create designs for projects like logos, promotional advertising, package design, web design, environmental graphics, information graphics. Coursework culminates in the advanced graphic design class, which offers a collaborative branding experience from concept to final.
We have a hearty group of Graphic Designer alumni who are working in many areas of the industry. They often give back to our program by visiting class to share information and inspiration, or by providing information about employment.
"I am a Jr. Motion Designer at GSTV in Detroit. I create motion graphics for the TV screens that you see at gas station pumps! Here (see above) is an example of my fun work!"
"What I liked about the Madonna University Graphic Design program was that the professors really helped lay down the groundwork to allow yourself to succeed. Robin, in particular, was a solid teacher and went out of her way to find opportunities for her students to grow independently of her classes."
Joy Crocker, Class of 2017
While a student at Madonna University, I worked as a Graphic Design Intern at The Lip Bar, a cosmetics company in Detroit, and Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo, and as an Art Director Intern at Brogan & Partners, an Ad Agency in Birmingham. I am currently employed as a Graphic Designer at Rock Ventures in Detroit.
The graphic design program at Madonna has struck the fine balance between abstract projects that stretch your imagination and projects that teach practical creative problem solving. Small class sizes encourage comradery among the students. During my time in the program, I felt that the professors truly cared about me and my creative and professional growth.
Michelle Sutherby, Class of 2016
After graduating with my Bachelor of Arts degree, I had the awesome opportunity to work for the Orlando Magic during the 2017-18 season as the Graphic Design Intern. During my time with the Magic, I worked on and created a variety of different graphic materials for the team that included playbills, posters, billboards, digital designs for web and social media graphics. I now work for Olympia Entertainment/Detroit Red Wings designing a multitude of graphics for not only the team, but also, all the concerts and performances that take place in Downtown Detroit. I design billboards, both digital and print, advertisements, playbills, web graphics, social media graphics and lots more in-between.
Madonna’s Graphic Design program was great because I didn’t feel like just a number in the class. Being able to have one-on-one attention and feedback from my professors was one of the many reasons why I loved the program. During the program, I gained so much knowledge and many skills that really helped jumpstart my career in sports design, and I am very grateful for the wonderful professors at Madonna University that genuinely cared and wanted each student to succeed no matter what design path we wanted to take.
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B.A., University of Detroit
M.Ed., Ed.D. Wayne State University
Dr. Chris Seguin is an Associate Professor and the Art Department Chair. She advises students in the Fine Arts and Art Education (Art teacher certification) Majors.
Studio ceramics, art history and humanities courses are among the offerings Dr. Seguin enjoys teaching. A certified art teacher and a multi-media artist, Dr. Seguin is deeply interested in students actively developing their capacities of imagination, ingenuity and creativity for generating new ideas and developing innovation skills. Her scholarship focuses on the role of creativity in place-based education that supports local communities in becoming more environmentally aware, socially just and prosperous.
As a volunteer Dr. Seguin supports the Community Action Network (CAN) Art & Design programs in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She also leads the annual “Empty Bowls” initiatives at Madonna. This ongoing Service Learning Project engages students in ceramics courses and service organizations in supporting the work of the Gleaners Food Bank, which fights hunger across the Wayne, Oakland and Macomb Counties’ region.
B.F.A., College for Creative Studies
M.A.T., Madonna University
One of Robin’s favorite parts of teaching is staying actively connected to her former students as they move powerfully into the design field and become talented colleagues. It’s a delightful and common testament that graduates from Madonna University's Graphic Design program consistently reach back, expressing their gratitude, visiting with current graphic design students, and requesting Madonna Graphic Design students as interns or employees.
In addition to teaching, Robin has had a long career in graphic design, working for ad agencies, in house graphic design departments, and running her own graphic design and illustration business. Maintaining an active connection to Detroit’s graphic design community allows her to remain in tuned to current trends and technologies in the business as well as providing valuable lessons and connections with real world perspective for her students’ enrichment.