Graphic Design

Graphic Design
    Overview

    When you study graphic design, you’ll get the business knowledge and hands-on creative experience you need to excel in any number of fields: advertising, marketing, magazine and book publishing, merchandising, web design, or printing and packaging.

    Please review the recommended sequence of courses.

    • Classes are coached by industry professionals, who teach graphic design standards and portfolio development.
    • Our student-run design business, Categrafica offers practical, hand-on experience.
    • Graphic designers have a range of career opportunities.

    When you study graphic design, you’ll get the business knowledge and hands-on creative experience you need to excel in any number of fields: advertising, marketing, magazine and book publishing, merchandising, web design, or printing and packaging.

    Please review the recommended sequence of courses.

    You could be …

    A graphic designer: MMedian pay $47,640 per year. Graphic designers create visual concepts, using computer software or by hand, to communicate ideas that inspire, inform and captivate consumers. They develop the overall layout and production design for various applications, such as advertisements, brochures, magazines and corporate reports.

    An art director: Median pay $89,820 per year. Art directors create the overall design of a project and direct others who develop artwork and layouts.

    A marketing manager: Median pay $127,560 per year. Marketing managers plan programs to generate interest and sales in products or services. They work with art directors, sales agent and financial staff.

    An industrial designer: Median pay $55,736 per year. Industrial designers design products and develop concepts for products that are manufactured at factories, such as home appliances, furniture, automobiles, electronics and toys.

    A commercial designer: Median pay $50,974 per year. Commercial designers are responsible for the look and feel of a product, ranging from the design of the product to the packaging to advertisements and other promotional materials.

    (Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)

    Graphic Design

    Division

    Creative Arts and Technology

    Program Type

    Major

    Additional Information

    Many courses have prerequisites which are listed in the course description. Please be sure that necessary prerequisites have been taken before enrolling in any course.

    yuichiro nishizawa
    yuichiro nishizawa
    Coordinator of Interactive Multimedia, Division Chair, Interim Coordinator of Expanded Media, Interim Coordinator of Graphic Design, Professor
    Year Joined: 2006
    • M.F.A.
      School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    • B.F.A.
      Rhode Island School of Design
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1555
    Office: Center for Technology and Creativity, Room 102
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    yuichiro nishizawa

    yuichiro nishizawa is an associate professor and the chair of the Division of Creative Arts & Technology.

    Professor nishizawa attended Rhode Island School of Design (BFA in Film/Animation/Video) and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Post-Baccalaureate Certificate and MFA in Art and Technology). He has completed a Certificate in Design Leadership for Business at Parson School of Design - The New School, and a Certificate in Effective College Instruction: Promoting Active Learning Online, and a Certificate in Effective Instruction from ACUE (Association of College and University Educators).

    Working with the diverse population of students and like-minded peers at Bloomfield College fuels nishizawa. He regards his position as a privilege. He is “committed to the practice of knowledge as trans-disciplinary, teaching/learning as non-hierarchical, experiential and collaborative, and education as critical reflection, liberation, and social action.”

    He has enjoyed teaching regularly the following classes:

    • Design Thinking & Practice
    • Interaction & Interface: Introduction to Physical Computing
    • Process && Interaction: An Introduction
    • Japanese Culture & Language
    • CAT Foundation Studio

    nishizawa, born in Tokyo, is interested in the complexity of the technological influences on and beyond everyday experience. He employs a wide array of media and methods in his work and inquiry. His hope is to provide an experience that brings the viewer to questions, furthers their own spirit of inquiry, engages their curiosity, and prompts them to imagine. His innate interest in function and form, conjoined with his investigation, has also led him to pursue furniture design and fabrication.

    Subject(s): Expanded Media, Graphic Design, Interactive Multimedia & Worldwide Web
    Academic Committee(s): Tenure & Advancement
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    Joel Croichy
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2020
    • B.A.,
      Bloomfield College
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
    Office: Center for Technology and Creativity
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    Subject(s): Graphic Design
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    Kelly Cuenca
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2021
    • M.F.A
      Academy of Art University
    • B.F.A
      New Jersey City University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Kelly Cuenca is a 2D artist who specializes in both digital and traditional illustration.  After graduating from New Jersey City University, she has been working freelance in a variety of both digital and traditional media to create printwork along with concepting visuals for projects.  Cuenca’s work is mostly known for her traditional studies and portraits, and has participated in independent zines with illustrations captivating a thin line between realism and the imaginative flair.  She has continued her studies with a M.F.A in Academy of Arts University of Visual Development as she works as a freelance concept artist.  Her goal as an artist is to help generate ideas into paper by creating compelling stories by breathing life to all aspects of a story: Character, Prop, and Environment. 

    Projects she has participated as a contributing artist in were “The Filipino American Artist Collective” and “Friends of Illustrators: Silent Auction” in Jersey City.   Works she helped organize was successfully crowdfunded zine “Hana Doki Kira,” and participated in “1001 Knights” a multivolume collective featuring 1001 artists. 

     

    Subject(s): Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic Design
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    Nancy Fischer
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2007
    • B.F.A.
      William Paterson University
    • M.A.
      Montclair State University
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
    Office: Center for Technology and Creativity
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    As a creative professional, Nancy Fischer has worked for many Fortune 500 corporations. Her past experience includes working at in-house marketing departments from financial institutions to pharmaceutical corporations.

    She has served as judging chair for the Art Directors Club of New Jersey, the NJ Ad Club, and is currently the judging chair for the New Jersey Communications, Advertising and Marketing Association. She is a Graduate in the Public and Organizational Relations M.A. program at Montclair State University.
     

    Subject(s): Graphic Design
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    Peter Gariepy
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2021
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
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    Peter Gariepy is a graphic designer skilled in print and digital publishing, identity design, typography, and illustration. His career spans corporations to non-profits as an effective communicator with experience managing and mentoring creative professionals and leading cross-functional teams.

    He brings critical thinking skills to his teaching in all aspects of design and image making. Forever curious, his curiosity ranges well beyond design. For Peter, curiosity is the key to sensing change, to see the future, and for innovation.
     

     

    Subject(s): Animation, Graphic Design
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    Jill Kastner
    Adjunct Lecturer
    Year Joined: 2019
    • B.F.A.,
      Rhode Island School of Design
    Phone: 973-748-9000 ext.
    Office: Center for Technology and Creativity
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    Jill Kastner joined the faculty of Bloomfield College in 2019, where she teaches drawing, life drawing and painting in the Creative Arts and Technology department. 

    Kastner received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, and is the illustrator and author of over two dozen books for children published with Simon and Schuster, Harcourt, Scholastic, Atheneum, Greenwillow Books, Marshall Cavendish, William Morrow, Dell Books, and Random House, among others.

    She has exhibited artwork with galleries and museums, including the Society of Illustrators, NYC, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, and Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ among others. Her artwork is in the collections of the Society of Illustrators, Albright-Knox Gallery and Zimmerli Museum.

     

    Subject(s): Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic Design

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