Why study Design at MC?

Design Program Overview

The Major and Minor in Design provides guided instruction and discourse in design process, principles, elements, creativity, problem-based solutions and develops a strong visual literacy and criticism of the role and impact of design in a global society. The program complements the broad knowledge grounded in the liberal arts tradition with specialized technical and aesthetic design skills and expertise.

The curriculum exhibits experiential and cooperative learning in conjunction with independent design research and projects, centralized towards compelling, effective, and culturally sensitive visual communication. For all students, the curriculum embraces the belief that design both enriches and is enriched by its interconnectedness with other areas of human behavior and the environment.

For more information, please contact Ashley Abbott, recruiter for the Fine Arts Division.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

THE MARYVILLE COLLEGE DESIGN LAB is an internal service organization, created to provide quality graphic design and consulting services for local, regional and national non-profit, non-governmental organizations and MC campus groups, divisions and organizations. It also serves as an internship and ‘living lab’ for design majors to enhance design and communication skills and build their professional portfolios.

Meet a current student

Clancy Phillips ’18
Hometown: Robbinsville, N.C.

Clancy began her education at MC pursuing a degree in Marketing, but after her first art class, she quickly realized that Design was her calling. With sights set on working at a design firm after graduation, she better positioned herself to reach that goal by landing an internship last summer at DesignLoud, Inc. in Wilmington, N.C., where she worked closely with the CEO, graphic designer and project manager. “After taking Professor [Adrienne] Schwarte’s art and design classes at MC, I was well-prepared for my time in Wilmington,” she said. “One of the most valuable things about my internship was that I learned how to be professional while meeting with clients and discussing their expectations on projects.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Erika Collins ’14
Currently: Graphic Designer for Cirruspath

After leaving MC, Erika joined Cirruspath, a fast-growing software start-up located in Knoxville, Tenn., where she continues to build on skills learned at MC. “My work in our marketing department consists of designing all materials – from video editing to seeing through every detail of our print materials. The experiences of the design classes at MC were unmatched, as the assignments reflected real-world projects. I attribute my accomplishments in this field thus far to the invaluable instruction of Professor [Adrienne] Schwarte, whose knowledge of the field provided  me with the skills necessary to easily transition into a design position.”

Course Offerings

The Major in Design consists of at least 49 credit hours in art, design, and art history.

Required courses include:

ART 102: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design (4 hrs.)
ART 111: Survey of Ancient through Medieval ART (3 hrs.)
ART 121: Introduction to Drawing (4 hrs.)
ART 123: Design 1 (4 hrs.)
ART 212: Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern ART (3 hrs.)
ART 223: Design 2 (4 hrs.)
ART 231: Typography (4 hrs.)
ART 311: 20th Century ART (3 hrs.)
ART 317: History of Design (3 hrs.)
ART 323: Design 3 (4 hrs.)
ART 337: Internship (3 hrs.) *to be fulfilled in on-campus Design Lab or professional equivalent
ART 399: Professional Practices Seminar (1 hr.)
ART 351-352: Senior Project (6 hrs.)

A minor in Business or Writing Communication is encouraged. Students are required to prepare and present to the public a portfolio of their work. Students majoring in Design cannot double major in Art.

The Minor in Design consists of 19–20 credit hours in art, design, and art history.

Required courses include:

ART 102: Introduction to Two-Dimensional Design (4 hrs.)
ART 123: Design 1 (4 hrs.)
ART 223: Design 2 (4 hrs.)
ART 323: Design 3 (4 hrs.)

One of the following:
ART 231: Typography (4 hrs.)
ART 317: History of Design (3 hrs.)
ART 337: Internship (2-6 hrs.)

The Minor in Design is not open to students majoring in Art.