Department of Art and Art History

Wilson Hall, Room 310
371 Wilson Boulevard
Rochester, MI 48309-4486
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(248) 370-3375
fax: (248) 370-3377

Graphic Design

The graphic design major covers design theory, design history, materials and processes, as well as graphic design studio/professional industry standards and practices. 

Admittance into the Graphic Design Program is based on Oakland University GPA admittance policy. There are no current portfolio requirements. Incoming freshman interested in majoring in Graphic Design should declare a Pre-major Graphic Design status.  DES130 - Foundations of Graphic Design will be your first graphic design course. Students must earn a minimum of a 2.8 in both Foundation courses (SA102 and SA 104) in order to be admitted into DES130.

Community Design

Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to work in teams in an operating graphic design studio pitching ideas, developing designs and following projects through to production for local non-profit organizations. The class, Community Design, gives students professional experience. Please visit to learn more.

Senior Thesis

All graphic design majors complete a senior thesis, a directed individual study requiring development of a coherent package of advanced graphic design work, culminating in a thesis exhibition and thesis paper.