Your Career in Communication Design

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What can I do with a major in Communication Design?


Advertising Layout
Art Direction
Campaign Design
Creative Direction
Creative Services
Public Relations and Publicity Design
Social Media Design

Print Design

Book and Book Cover Design
Lettering, Type and Typeface Design
Magazine Design
Music Packaging Design
Newspaper Design
Photo Editing
Publication Design

Digital Design

Application Design (App Design)
Game Design
Digital Product Design
Experience Design XD
Interaction Design
Video Game Design
Website Design
User Interface / User Experience UI/UX

Design Research

Design for the Greater Good
Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability
Human-Centered Design
Perception and Cognition Research
Social Design
Service Design

Motion Graphics

Conference Motion Design
Film Title Design
Broadcast Television Graphics
User Interface Design

Identity Design

Corporate Identity Design
Logo Design
Stationery Design
Visual Identity Design

3-Dimensional Design

Exhibition Design
Environmental Design
Packaging and Point of Sale Design
Signage Systems
Tradeshow Design
Transdisciplinary Design

Recent Internships

Abercrombie & Fitch
American Greetings
Chicago Children’s Museum
Kate Spade
Miami University Art Museum
Michael Kors

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Alumni Stories

The Designer as Teacher

Kristen GebhardtThe education that I received at Miami opened so many doors for me and continues to do so for myself and others in my career path. The design program at Miami was a close-knit family and gave me four years with best friends from all over the country and professors who cared for my success on a personal level.

Upon graduation, I worked at an agency and then was able to switch tracks to become an educator in the graphic design field. I now am a high school teacher, teaching graphic design courses as well as studio courses. My well-rounded Bachelor of Fine Arts gave me the ability to teach all aspects of art that I love.

I've gained personal design success but my proudest moments have been my success so far in the classroom. I teach all levels of abilities from gifted students to special needs students. My degree at Miami has given high school students direction in their own future careers. I've teamed with special needs students and found ways for the Creative Suite to be used for more than design purposes. It's used for personal expression, memorization and many life skills needed for a special needs student to learn.

My art education has become like a torch. I continue to share the light from the skills that I acquired from my education at Miami. I am forever grateful.

Kristen Gebhardt, Class of 2014
Graphic Design Instructor
Waynesville High School, Waynesville, OH

Setting the Bar High

Zach LansdaleMiami has always set the bar high for their graphic design program. As an individual who never realized design or art could be a substantial career for myself, it was a very intimidating program to be a part of at first. Once I proved my skill set to the program, I quickly realized why the bar was set so high. The knowledge I gained through my studies as a Graphic Design student at Miami University will always guide me through my career as a successful Designer.

Since graduation, I've worked in packaging, advertising and product design all while looking back to my education for continuous guidance. Whether it be through the meticulous design processes I learned from The Great Tom Effler or how to articulate and solve for specific business objectives through the Highwire Brand Studio program. I wouldn't have been prepared for my professional career without the classes and professors at Miami University.

Zach Lansdale, Class of 2011
Senior Brand Designer
Aaptiv, NYC

180-Degree Thinking

Doug MossThe well-rounded education and experience I received at Miami allowed me to walk off campus with confidence and a passion for creative ideals. After graduation I immediately moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota for my first job in the Mad Men world of advertising. I quickly moved up the agency ranks to hold Sr. Designer and Art Director positions for a decade. In 2003 I founded my own company and have been working with national clients ever since. Insight Marketing Design is located in downtown Sioux Falls on the third floor of a renovated warehouse, surrounded by fine art studios. The halls often have the scent of paint fumes and charcoal.

I doubt you remember your curriculum from 1992. But, to this day I still use a concept you taught me, "180 degree thinking".

Doug Moss, Class of 1992
Partner, Executive Creative Director
Insight Marketing Design, Sioux Falls, SD