Internships need to be reciprocal and advantageous to both the student and the employer. What is the point of landing a high profile internship if you’re just going to be running for coffee? Similarly, our students act as embassadors for the Graphic Design Department, and we want to help appropriately match our student’s strengths with an employer’s needs.
Below are the steps students should follow to secure their internship. We request that all internships be approved in advance. There is no guarantee that internships will be retroactively awarded.
Advising at Virginia Tech is a collaborative process between the student and the advisor leading to the exchange of information that encourages the individual student to make responsible academic and career decisions. SOVA supports the “I advise You decide” philosophy, as published by NACADA, the global professional organization for academic advising.
Course request and scheduling, to complete a Pathways Planner (4-year plan), tracking of progress toward a degree, for resources and referrals regarding campus or community services, to review degree audit report, to be cleared for graduation, to discuss personal issues that may be impacting academic success, for clarification on policy or procedural information, to transfer credits to Virginia Tech from another institution, to add a 2nd major or a minor, to discuss issues causing missed classes, if you begin to struggle with a particular class or feel you are not being successful, for academic warning/probation/suspension advising, and more! The better informed your advisor is regarding your individual needs or situation, the more they are able to aid in your academic success.
The Graphic Design program is notable for its practical and applied approach to design pedagogy. Majors in Graphic Design develop conceptual abilities, problem-solving skills, and technical know-how required by a fast-paced, competitive field. Graphic Design demands individual creativity, teamwork skills, and adaptability to changing markets and technologies.
The Graphic Design program at Virginia Tech prepares students for the job market with practical experience and a full, professionally-reviewed portfolio. Graduates of the program may find themselves working in web and interaction design, advertising, packaging, branding, or many different fields.
Internal transfer students (students currently attending Virginia Tech) should contact the School of Visual Arts to discuss options and to be included on our waiting list (“Intend to Major List”). Our BFA programs are restricted majors and there is a waiting list for enrollment. The art history major is not restricted.
We offer a minor in art history and an arts minor (which has a few graphic design electives available).
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Yes, we require our students to use Apple Macintosh computers because this is the operating system most commonly used by professionals in the graphic design community. We understand that laptops aren’t cheap, but our goal is to prepare you for a career in the industry so we require everyone to own a MacBook Pro. Note that Apple offers an Education Discount (and refurbished computers).
This is a difficult question to answer, because this is often influenced by the designer’s talent, geography and luck. We can however point you to designsalaries.org website which reports salary ranges for graphic design positions among AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Design) members and related professions in the United States.
Graphic designers can specialize in a particular area (e.g. web design, interaction design, advertising, packaging, etc.) or take a broader approach and work in a variety of mediums. Being a graphic designer is like reading a “choose your own adventure” book and there is no one path that leads to success. In many cases, the path our graduates take is largely determined by their personal interests and goals, opportunities that present themselves, and the needs of clients and agencies. Graphic designers are visual communicators and problem-solvers as much as they are software technicians and production specialists. The skills they offer clients and businesses are highly valuable and sought after. Typically our students go in one of the following directions after graduation: they start a career at an agency, they start a career as a freelance designer, they work in-house for a company, or they continue their education by going to graduate school.
Our alumni have gone on to work at Amazon, Axios, the Brooklyn Art Museum, Gensler, Google, Twitter, iStrategyLabs, Jonathan Adler Design, Urban Outfitters, Allure Magazine, Modea, USA Today, Warby Parker, Willow Tree Apps, and more.
Our students have interned at a number of companies, including ESPN, FROG Design, MARC USA, Modea, NASA, and Seventeen Magazine.