Why study Design at MC?

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.

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

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Lauren McCarter ’20
Hometown: Seymour, Tenn.

A general “Perspectives in Art” course is where Lauren was introduced to the field of design and where she decided to pursue it as a career. She has enjoyed all aspects of design—from problem-solving to having fun with color and typography. She has gained practical experience serving as graphics editor and editor-in-chief of the The Highland Echo campus newspaper and in interning in the Division of Fine Arts’ Design Lab. In March 2019, a branding campaign she completed in class earned one gold and a “best of student” award at the ADDY awards hosted by Knoxville’s American Advertising Federation. “I believe design can be powerful even when we don’t notice it entirely—we’re surrounded,” she said. “As I look forward, I am excited to see where design takes me.”

Outcomes of Recent Gradsclick or touch to open

Featured Graduates

Photo of Evan GambillEvan Gambill ’19

Currently: Graphic Design Intern at DLA Piper Global Law Firm (US)

As a graphic designer for DLA Piper, Evan assists the marketing department at the Business Operation Services Center. He designs print and digital collateral, brochures, booklets and advertisements for internal and external operations in the company. “Maryville College faculty and staff within the design department provided me with skills such as time management and organization for the design process. As a result, I am able to stay focused and driven,” he said. “I learned to collaborate in teams during my design classes, and that’s helped me especially with working in my current marketing department. I am well-equipped to work with others and accept critiques in order to grow as a designer. MC design faculty and staff encouraged me to stay true to myself as an artist and share my creative talent with the world!”

Kristien ScottKristien Scott ’16

Currently: Graphic Designer at Epic Nine in Maryville, Tenn.

With the help of the College’s Career Center and Associate Professor of Art Adrienne Schwarte, Kristien landed an internship at Epic Nine while a student. That opportunity led to a full-time graphic design job with the design and marketing firm that specializes in solutions for small businesses. “I create design branding and marketing materials for our clients,” she said. “On a daily basis, my work can consist of creating branding materials, digital and print ads, social media graphics and print materials. I love working in the graphic design field. Every day there are new things to learn and new ways to create something awesome!”

Erika CollinsErika 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.”