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Graphic DesignStudy Graphic Design

at Farmingdale State College.

You have always loved art and being creative.

  • Graphic Design allows you to use your creativity
  • Graphic Design allows you to solve communication problems with images, words, or graphic elements
  • Graphic designer can be in the commercial, cultural, or political arena

Our Graduates have enter a number of areas in the industry and their titles include graphic designer, visual designer, digital designer, web designer, production artist, or graphic artist.

The Graphic Design program at Farmingdale encourages each student  to create visual concepts, with emerging technology and communicate ideas that inform and inspire.

Apply to Graphic DesignReview the course listing for this program. For more information, call Yolanda Segarra at 631-420-2180, email her at segarry@farmingdale.edu or call the Visual Communications office at 631-420-2181.

The Visual Communications baccalaureate Graphic Design degree program consist of eight semesters of sequential coursework including general education credits. The admission process is the same for entering freshman, transfer students and returning professionals with advanced degrees. It begins with an official Farmingdale State College application (or a SUNY application) specifying – Visual Communications: Art & Graphic Design - code#1091 as the curriculum of choice. An online application for Farmingdale State College is available here

Admission Process Overview:

Applicants’ academic records are evaluated by the Office of Admissions to determine if the student is academically eligible to enroll in the either Visual Communications Program. This includes a review of high school transcripts, SAT scores and college transcripts for transfer students and returning professionals. Students transferring from another college must have a minimum, of a 2.5 GPA. Official transcripts from high school or college must be forwarded to the Office of Admissions. For the Graphic Design Program, in addition to a successful academic record, all applicants must have successfully completed at least one full year of art and submit a packet of Admission Activities and a Portfolio online. Once deemed academically eligible, applicants will receive an invitation to submit their artwork digitally for review.

The Admission Activities for Graphic Design consist of four assignments created by the faculty from the Visual Communications Department to evaluate each applicant's current level of artistic skill and potential for success in our program. The Portfolio is as important as the Admission Assignments. The skills we are looking for include drawing, design, use of color and typography. Samples should reflect a student's ability to create and execute graphic design in a variety of media. An ideal portfolio consists of a broad range of work utilizing both traditional and electronic media, in both black & white and color. Large three dimensional pieces should be photographed to show at least three sides. 

Works created in credit bearing, art or design courses in other institutions may be applied toward advanced placement credit. Coursework should be collected into separate files, each containing at least three pieces, labeled with the name of the course. Only courses for which adequate work is submitted will be considered for advanced placement. 

Portfolio Requirements

Your portfolio should contain at least 12 pieces of your best work. The samples included should reflect your ability to create and execute artwork in a variety of media. Specifically, your portfolio should reflect your proficiency in drawing, design, color and typography. An ideal portfolio consists of a broad range of work utilizing both traditional and electronic media, in both black & white and color.

  • Collect work and identify into separate folders by course or by medium
  • Include at least 3 pieces from each course or medium
  • Traditional, non-digital, large, framed or fragile projects can be photographs or scans
  • Photographs of traditional large three-dimensional pieces should show at least three side
  • Digital native files, motion graphics and website sample must include all images, assets and and fonts necessary for proper viewing
  • Any PDF files must have fonts embedded

Portfolio Recommendations

Variety of medium, subject and technique are key elements of a great portfolio. Proficiency in drawing, design, color and typography are best demonstrated by…

  • Drawing: landscapes, figure drawing, self-portrait, small objects; ideally from direct observation using traditional media (pencil, charcoal, ink, watercolor, acrylics)
  • Graphic Design: brochure, flyer, advertisement, logo design, poster, garment graphics, etc.
  • Typography: hand lettering, logo designs, editorial layouts, menu, calendar, letterhead, business card, etc.
  • Package Design: including graphics, type, 2D production layout, and 3D model

For additional information, please e-mail Ms. Segarra at segarry@farmingdale.edu or call 631-420-2180. For questions of academic eligibility, please contact the Office of Admissions at 631-420-2200