Spotlight: Graphic Design majors

By Sarah Luckert
September 2, 2010

Graphic design students at Cabrini College have qualities unlike anyone else. With models like the late Andy Warhol, students have learned to utilize their creative sides and pick a life for themselves that involves hands-on work everyday.
Few tests are given in the graphic design major but that is not the reason why, junior, Ryan McDonoughchose this major over English.
“I have always had a knack for the arts; I was the crafty one in my family,” McDonough, said.
McDonough currently works for Orlin Jespersen, assistant director of recreation, making posters for intramurals and other recreational activities that are offered on campus.
Graphic design majors may not receive a lot of tests but they have expectations in other categories.
“Usually we get assignments that require designing something of a particular subject matter. We may do posters or newsletters or some other forms of printable media,” Aaron Dandridge, junior graphic design major, said.
“My favorite project so far would probably be the book we had to put together about the movement of art. I did Pop Art and it actually came out pretty good,” Caitlin Donahue, senior criminology major and graphic design minor, said.
Jeanne Komp, professor of graphic design, proves to be a positive role model to her students.    “Professor Komp makes us realize there are so many options for us as graphic design majors,” McDonough said.
It takes a lot to be dedicated to projects and work on normal classroom assignments.
“Obviously, one needs to possess raw aesthetic talent. However, passion and motivation are crucial to the success of our students regardless of the major,” Komp said.
Like every major, students come across challenges. In the graphic design major those challenges may include receiving an assignment, almost finishing it and realizing that you have to start over. That was the exact case for McDonough.
“Last year for our newspaper project, I got so far and then all of sudden realized it just wasn’t going to work,” McDonough said.
Although challenges occur in graphic design classes, so do victories.
“The projects are my favorite   part about the classes because it makes you brainstorm a few ideas, not just your first thought. By the end you can say ‘wow, I really did this,’” Donahue said.
Every place of business has a need for graphic designers. Internships are available to college students as well.
“There are various internship opportunities for design students at ad agencies, boutique design studios and at larger corporations also with an in-house design department environment,” Komp said.
As for Dandridge, he is currently looking for an internship to “enhance his knowledge.”
Graphic design is a major like no other, with students who are proud of what they do.
“It is tough being a graphic design student but the professors and the students are wonderful to work with. I encourage anyone with a love of art to take up a couple classes to see what it’s all about. I have enjoyed all of the classes that I have taken so far,” Dandridge

Graphic design students at Cabrini College have qualities unlike anyone else. With models like the late Andy Warhol, students have learned to utilize their creative sides and pick a life for themselves that involves hands-on work everyday.Few tests are given in the graphic design major but that is not the reason why, junior, Ryan McDonoughchose this major over English.“I have always had a knack for the arts; I was the crafty one in my family,” McDonough, said. McDonough currently works for Orlin Jespersen, assistant director of recreation, making posters for intramurals and other recreational activities that are offered on campus.Graphic design majors may not receive a lot of tests but they have expectations in other categories.“Usually we get assignments that require designing something of a particular subject matter. We may do posters or newsletters or some other forms of printable media,” Aaron Dandridge, junior graphic design major, said.“My favorite project so far would probably be the book we had to put together about the movement of art. I did Pop Art and it actually came out pretty good,” Caitlin Donahue, senior criminology major and graphic design minor, said.Jeanne Komp, professor of graphic design, proves to be a positive role model to her students.    “Professor Komp makes us realize there are so many options for us as graphic design majors,” McDonough said.It takes a lot to be dedicated to projects and work on normal classroom assignments. “Obviously, one needs to possess raw aesthetic talent. However, passion and motivation are crucial to the success of our students regardless of the major,” Komp said.Like every major, students come across challenges. In the graphic design major those challenges may include receiving an assignment, almost finishing it and realizing that you have to start over. That was the exact case for McDonough.“Last year for our newspaper project, I got so far and then all of sudden realized it just wasn’t going to work,” McDonough said.Although challenges occur in graphic design classes, so do victories.“The projects are my favorite   part about the classes because it makes you brainstorm a few ideas, not just your first thought. By the end you can say ‘wow, I really did this,’” Donahue said.Every place of business has a need for graphic designers. Internships are available to college students as well.“There are various internship opportunities for design students at ad agencies, boutique design studios and at larger corporations also with an in-house design department environment,” Komp said. As for Dandridge, he is currently looking for an internship to “enhance his knowledge.”Graphic design is a major like no other, with students who are proud of what they do.“It is tough being a graphic design student but the professors and the students are wonderful to work with. I encourage anyone with a love of art to take up a couple classes to see what it’s all about. I have enjoyed all of the classes that I have taken so far,” Dandridge

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