Design:
Areas of Study

Design is a burgeoning industry that continues to grow and evolve. As the connected world gets more complex, it demands designers, illustrators and animators who are able to work across platforms and technologies, seamlessly interweaving print, media, user experience, and the markets they serve. 

Students in Costume Design

At Cornish, you’ll get the opportunities you need to find your unique place in this convergent design world.

Areas of Study include:

Academic Research, Augmented Reality (AR), Brand Experience, Brand Storytelling, Book Arts, Corporate Identity, Design Research, Drawing, Game Design, Graphic Design, Graphic Novels, Illustration, Information Architecture, Information Visualization, Motion Graphics, Poster Design, Printmaking, Product and Packaging, Professional Practice, Prototyping, Publishing, 2D and 3D Animation and Modeling, Type + Image, Typography, Social Impact, Social Innovation, Social Activism, Systems, User Experience (UX), User Research, Video, Virtual Reality (VR), Wearables, and Web Design. 

You can download detailed degree requirements + course descriptions here:

At Cornish, we think differently about design. We consider design a way of living, not just a job. We believe that life can be made better through our creativity. This way of approaching design underlies all aspects of our program’s cross-concentrations, and is what makes our education unique. Cornish design students learn to think critically–about design, and about their role in design. They’re able to “pivot,” act quickly and intelligently, because they have practice in manipulating the systems of design. And they never grow stale, because they aren’t trained in just one agenda or in just one way of approaching problems. Our students are encouraged to find their own voices, and to choose the ways of solving problems that make sense for them. They apply those strategies to all the different kinds of design currently practiced in our world: They live design.

A solid design education is an exceptional long-term investment. It teaches you how to use your mind to solve problems–some visual, some physical, some corporate, some social. Cornish Design supports your developing personal strategies for solving problems, but also gives you experience in many different skills, techniques and approaches. At Cornish, we want you to be as comfortable in analog as in digital. Cornish designers use the most current digital tools to create, but also develop hand skills, draw, learn 2D fundamentals and 3D fabrication. At Cornish, you study design, but you also study the contexts of design: you learn about systems, about design history (and its parallel histories), you think about the contexts of design, delve into design criticism, and learn about semiotics, all of which add heft to your design knowledge and practice.

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