Design Education

Kent State University

School of Visual Communication Design

VCD offers a personalized design education, allowing students to use theory and research to tackle unframed problems, shape future designers in and out of the classroom, and pursue individual investigation opportunities.



MA Exhibition Design In the Master of Arts program in Exhibition Design, you’ll learn to create environmental experiences that inform, entertain, and inspire. You’ll focus on the designer’s role and relationship to other members of the exhibition team while considering the exhibition from the perspectives of communication, design, and fabrication. This one-year intensive program is designed for candidates with professional experience as well as for recent graduates.

La Roche College

Graphic Design Major The La Roche College Graphic Design Department will encourage intellectual curiosity, interdisciplinary collaboration, conceptual thinking, social awareness, and individual creativity. We will educate and prepare students to be proactive leaders in the ever-changing design profession. In line with La Roche College’s mission, we place the utmost importance on an education that will ultimately empower our graduates to effectively use design as a means to shape culture and affect positive change in society. 

Drexel University

The Graphic Design program at Drexel prepares students to inform, persuade, educate, and entertain through the creative use of word and image. Graphic Design students learn to conceptualize, design, and produce visual communication in a wide variety of media, including books, magazines, posters, ads, packaging, websites, interactive media, information systems, exhibition design, motion graphics and more. Students use this work to develop an expansive portfolio, an invaluable tool for our graduates as they seek future employment.

Education + Research Introduction

SEGD’s Education conferences, workshops, webinars, and courses span a wide swath of design practice areas including branded environments, exhibition and experience design, technology and interactive experiences, user experience, healthcare, practice and technical topics, wayfinding, accessibility, and the business of design.

The academic journal Communication + Place, the SEGD Annual, and White Papers (published on topics including accessibility and sustainability) also advance SEGD's educational mission.

SEGD actively collaborates with and provides outreach to design programs at internationally recognized colleges and universities. Sample EGD course syllabi and curricula can be found on the EGD Course Curriculum page. Additional resources, including a listing of EGD/XGD Books and EGD Core Competencies to use when developing outcomes for EGD/XGD centric curricula, are available under the Academic Resources section of the Education + Research page.

SEGD’s signature academic education event is the annual SEGD Academic Summit, immediately preceding the SEGD Conference each June. Design educators from around the world are invited to submit papers for presentation at the Summit and publication in SEGD’s peer-reviewed Communication + Place, which is published electronically on an annual basis. The Summit and e-publication are platforms for academic researchers to disseminate their creative work, models for innovation in curriculum, and best practices for research related to experiential graphic design.

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State of EGD Education

While advanced degree programs (M. Design, M.S. Design, MFA) with a focus on EGD have emerged at a handful of academic institutions, the language and practice of EGD and EGD thinking have been integrated into many design curricula as part of an overall design education experience for nearly 20 years at dozens of institutions. The majority of these courses are offered as elective courses by adjunct and lecture faculty who are engaged in EGD practice and support the dialogue between practice and education.

The range of courses exposing students to the possibilities of working across multiple scales, disciplines, and media platforms and surfaces vary by institution and run from elective style/special topic seminars to practice-based studios within sponsored projects. While many institutions offer optional EGD courses with a focus on specific practice areas, a shift towards a deeper, more integrative, and more inclusive form of course is emerging without any alliance to one discipline or another. This type of experience can help students scale their traditional skills across both spatial and media platforms, a way of designing that can ultimately be applied to an array of professional career paths. Students with an exposure interdisciplinary collaboration will enter professional practice with a versatile skill set, prepared to tackle a wide range of design problems.


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