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
2D Studio Techniques
Imaging 1
RSC 101 Your Journey
WRT 101 Writing

SEMESTER 2 (SPRING)

Spatial Design
Time Arts
Imaging 2
Gen Ed requirement
WRT 201 Researching

SEMESTER 3 (FALL)

Type & Design 1
Graphic Design 1
Imaging 3
Art History 1
RSC 201 Intercultural

SEMESTER 4 (SPRING)

Type & Design 2
Graphic Design 2
Photography 1
Art History 2
Gen Ed requirement

SEMESTER 4 (SPRING)

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

SEMESTER 5 (FALL)

Interactive Design 1
Graphic Design 3
Animation
History of Graphic Design
RSC 301 Innovate

SEMESTER 6 (SPRING)

Interactive Design 2
COLAB or Studio Elective
Digital Studio Techniques
Motion Graphics
Gen Ed requirement

SEMESTER 7 (FALL)

Senior Capstone 1
Internship
Art History elective
Liberal Arts elective
Gen Ed requirement

SEMESTER 8 (SPRING)

Senior Capstone 2
Professional Practices
Studio elective
General/Studio elective
Gen Ed requirement

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.

Begin your journey toward a career
in Graphic + Media Design.