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Design

Design can make the world better. Whether it’s as a graphic designer, game designer, user experience designer, illustrator, or animator, your work can make the complex understandable. Your work can create beauty, delve into ugliness, inspire people, calm, or confront them. You can create worlds, or help us all live in this one.

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BFA in Design

What Will You Learn
as A Design Major at Cornish?

You’ll take core courses in design fundamentals. By the end of your first year, you’ll choose a degree program in design, game art, illustration, animation, or interaction design.

Depending on your degree path, you will learn in a project-based curriculum. Students will create brand identities, publications, logos, and 2D & 3D art for games, build worlds, construct user interfaces, develop apps and websites, and work in emerging media such as virtual reality/augmented reality (VR/AR).

You will develop skills in drawing, typography, packaging/product design, bookbinding, letterpress, and printmaking.

You may also choose to minor in game art or experience design.

Through Cornish’s Design program, I learned the importance of understanding design systems to strengthen my overall designs and projects.Kai Vano-Penaloza (DE '19)

 

Explore Your Major

 

We have learned to hold ourselves accountable to a higher standard of work than we ever thought possible.Emiliesa Lorraine Horwitz (’15)

Student Work

Design Department

At Cornish, I learned not to be afraid of stepping out of my comfort zone.Elliot Mangels (DE ‘19)

 


A fantastic network of teachers and alumni you won’t get anywhere else.Liz Holland (DE ‘16)

Design Faculty + Staff

Design | Film

Lyall Bush

Department Chair, Professor of Film
Design

Natalia Ilyin

Director of Design, Professor of Design History and Criticism
Design

Gala Bent

Professor of Illustration
Design

Susan Boye

Professor of Illustration
Design

Tiffany Laine De Mott

Associate Professor of Design, Animation Lead
Design

Jake Fleisher

Associate Professor of Design, UX Lead
Design

Lorena Howard-Sheridan

Associate Professor of Design, Type Lead
Design

Robynne Raye

Associate Professor of Design, Graphic Design Lead
Design

Junichi Tsuneoka

Director of Foundations, Assistant Professor of Design, Illustration Lead
Design
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Robert Baxter

Instructor, Design History and Criticism
Design
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David DeTogni

Instructor, Animation
Design

Ed Fotheringham

Instructor, Illustration
Design
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Julie Grant

Instructor, UX
Design
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David Lasky

Instructor, Illustration
Design

Dan Shafer

Instructor, Graphic Design
Core staff

Betzalel Massarano

3D Fabrication Resource Lab Technician
Core staff
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Bradley Taylor

Printmaking Studio Technician

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