For graphic design majors, ‘art becomes rewarding’

By Jennarose DiGiacomo
September 10, 2012

Interested in bringing awareness, education and action to the community? Here at Cabrini the graphic design major highlights those three terms over the course of four years. Department Chair Donald Dempsey described the major as “rewarding.”

The first two years for students are focused on software training, while junior and senior year focus on portfolios and a senior capstone. Dempsey feels the best part about being a graphic design major is working with the newest technology; through technology messages can be spread all over, instead of in just one area.

Dempsey said he “never thought twice about being a graphic design major.” He was interested in art; he enjoyed creating art, and wanted to teach and showcase his work to everyone else. Graphic design led him to teaching in colleges, where he would do publication for the school; one of the many careers graphic design leads to after college, as well as multimedia design, web design and even packaging design.

Sophomore graphic design major Joseph Hudak shares the same aspirations Dempsey did while in college. Hudak said “I love art. I have always had an interest in how logos, advertisements and marketing pitches were created.” One of the classes he must take to design his pieces is typography; students learn where fonts come from and how they were created. He said, “it’s pretty cool.”

Thinking on the larger scheme of things, Hudak is already looking forward to his senior capstone. The senior capstone happens in a student’s senior year. Students must create design proposal for a non-profit organization or cause; they must design an advertising campaign that educates, promotes and creates awareness for society. Hudak plans on making a logo for his future company and in turn wants to create a portfolio that will grab the attention of employers around the world.

Hudak said, “Graphic design gives me the ability to create artwork that people have never seen before and also there’s another saying that you will never work a day in your life if you love what you do, and I love graphic design so far.”


Jennarose DiGiacomo

Cabrini College '15,
Lifestyles Editor
Creator and Host of the show Bless Your Heart

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