Assistant Professor, Visual Arts
Graphic & Web Design :: Internship Coordinator
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Jennifer Schuster spent 13 years in the design industry working fulltime for a number of small boutique firms in the Baltimore - DC metro area, serving as a Designer, Senior Web Designer and finally Creative Director. Education, volunteering and networking are essential for success in the design industries and in Professor Schuster’s own development as a designer. She hold’s an MFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and is a part-time MFA candidate at Towson. She volunteers with local grass roots organizations designing for both web and print and is a member of industry professional organizations such as the Baltimore AIGA and DC Web Women. Her current research interests revolve around mass consumption and its impact environmentally on our world.
Courses in Graphic Design and Web Design are offered in a variety of flexible formats: traditional face to face classes where students meet with an instructor in a lab setting consistently each week; hybrid options where work is split between the classroom and online; and completely online formats, where all work is done remotely by the student. Access to the most recent Adobe Creative Suite is required for all classes. Access is available in the labs during scheduled times, or students can purchase the educational version of the software.
Graphic Design Options
The Visual Arts Department offers two degrees and one certificate in Graphic Design: The Graphic Design Transfer Option Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree, the Graphic Design Associate of Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree and the . The A.A. degree is recommended for all students entering the program who have no formal professional experience, have no previous degrees and plan to transfer to a 4-year institution. The A.A.S. degree is recommended for students seeking to supplement an existing degree, seek entry-level job opportunities, making a career change or for professionals in the industry wishing to build on their existing skills. The Graphic Design Certificate may be used to upgrade skills for working designers or for students who wish to supplement an existing degree. (Note – the A.A.S. and certificate options are NOT recommended for recent high school graduates entering the Visual Arts Graphic Design program).
The Visual Arts Graphic Design program offers a comprehensive study in digital imaging, photography, typography, print and web design. Students will develop skills in conceptual design as well as executing concepts using industry standard applications. Studio visits, guest speakers from the industry and special events are hosted by the Visual Arts department each semester. Portfolio development is an important part of the curriculum and is required for all students regardless of their degree. Real world experience is offered through a 120-hour internship program where students connect and work with local design agencies, organizations and businesses.
Web Design Options
The Visual Arts department is currently working on new degrees in Web Design scheduled for release in Fall of 2012. Currently, students who are interested specifically in a career in Web Design, can pursue the Graphic Design A.A. or A.A.S. partnered with the certificate in Publication Design on the Internet (Programming Option) or select courses offered through the Computer Technologies department. It is highly recommended that Visual Arts students interested in this career path meet with Jennifer Schuster to discuss these options.