Graphic + Media Design

Graphic design has evolved from simply being a decorative element, to a powerful visual language. Students at Russell Sage explore topics in print, web, motion, and digital imaging to create emotional connections with the world.

Graphic design has evolved from simply being a decorative element, to a powerful visual language. Students at Russell Sage explore topics in print, web, motion, and digital imaging to create emotional connections with the world.

The Graphic + Media Design (GMD) program at Russell Sage College is a nationally recognized B.F.A. program that combines traditional graphic design with media-rich technology. Our students are equally proficient in print production, interactive design, video, animation, and digital imaging. Graduating with a degree in Graphic + Media Design gives students the skills, confidence, and business savvy necessary to succeed in the visual communication industry.

The GMD program reflects our vision for the designer of tomorrow: a creative person equally at home in graphic design, interactive design, motion design, and image-making. Graduates leave the GMD program ready to enter the professional world as creative problem solvers and self-reliant critical thinkers, and they get great jobs when they graduate.

The Graphic + Media Design (GMD) program at Russell Sage College is a nationally recognized B.F.A. program that combines traditional graphic design with media-rich technology. Our students are equally proficient in print production, interactive design, video, animation, and digital imaging. Graduating with a degree in Graphic + Media Design gives students the skills, confidence, and business savvy necessary to succeed in the visual communication industry.

The GMD program reflects our vision for the designer of tomorrow: a creative person equally at home in graphic design, interactive design, motion design, and image-making. Graduates leave the GMD program ready to enter the professional world as creative problem solvers and self-reliant critical thinkers, and they get great jobs when they graduate.

Open Studio Night

Open Studio Night

Design @ Sage

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We teach our students to explore various strategies, and design unique solutions, to visually communicate information with a purpose."

We teach our students to explore various strategies, and design unique solutions, to visually communicate information with a purpose."

Professor Rico

Internships

Graphic + Media Design students are doing amazing things in the “real-world” thanks to our well-established Internship Program. Sage students have done internships in Boston, New York City, London, Germany, and throughout the greater Capital Region of New York. Students cite the Internship Program as one of their best experiences at Sage, and many of our alumni have been hired as a direct result of their internships.
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Industry Connections

Our Graphic + Media Design students take advantage of many exciting opportunities to build their skills, their networks, and their portfolios with comprehensive reviews by professional organizations such as the Art Director’s Club and AIGA. In the Sage AIGA Student Club, students network with members of AIGA Upstate and organize speaker and travel opportunities. Over the years, AIGA students have traveled to London, Italy, Greece, San Francisco, Memphis, Denver, Minneapolis, Pasadena, and NYC.

Professional Experience

Sage faculty and students have worked on many design projects for the greater Capital Region community including the Albany Institute of History & Art, Museum Association of New York, Albany Public Library,  Albany Tulip Festival, Stratton V.A. Medical Center, and many others. In addition, Sage regularly hosts an impressive list of nationally recognized speakers including Milton Glaser, Paul Bacon, Aaron Draplin, Luba Lukova, and Paul Shaw.

Curriculum

SEMESTER 1 (FALL)

Drawing 1
Imaging 1
2D Studio Techniques
Humanities
Social Science Elective

SEMESTER 2 (SPRING)

Spatial Design
Imaging 2
Time Arts
Sage Connections
iThink/Learn

SEMESTER 3 (FALL)

Art History 1
Imaging 3
Type & Design 1
Graphic Design 1
Natural Science Elective

SEMESTER 4 (SPRING)

Art History 2
Photography 1
Type & Design 2
Graphic Design 2
Math Elective

SEMESTER 4 (SPRING)

Art History 2
Photography 1
Type & Design 2
Graphic Design 2
Math Elective

SEMESTER 5 (FALL)

History of Graphic Design
Interactive Design 1
Graphic Design 3
Animation
Social Science Elective

SEMESTER 6 (SPRING)

Art History Elective
Interactive Design 2
Digital Production
Motion Graphics
Digital Studio Techniques

SEMESTER 7 (FALL)

Senior Capstone 1
iThink/Engage
Studio Elective
Internship
Natural Science Elective

SEMESTER 8 (SPRING)

Senior Capstone 2
Humanities elective
Professional Practices
General/Studio Elective
General/Studio Elective

GRADUATE SPOTLIGHT

Jami Frosell – Class of 2018

I’ve always loved the saying "If you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room.” During my time at Sage, I was in a room surrounded by incredibly talented individuals and faculty that taught me critical design skills. Every class was full of students who truly wanted to be there. I was pushed, challenged, and walked away with valuable skills and a great experience.

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in Graphic + Media Design.