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Graphic Design at AU

Ideas That Quench Your Thirst

The design program teaches the theory and practice of graphic communications design. Our courses cover publication and editorial design, corporate identity, packaging, illustration, poster design, multimedia, experience and interactive design, etc.

Selected Portfolios

View portfolios from recent alums and current students:

Award Winners

We congratulate:

  • Students Atousa Ostovartafti and Ben Black, runner-up awards in 2021 Creative Quarterly, Issue 63.
  • Students Iris Hills, Graphic & Media Design winner, and Tasmia Haq, Graphic & Media Design honorable mention, in 2021 Horizons Exhibition at the Marymount University.
  • Alum Jack Tollman, winner of Creative Quarterly 59th competition.
  • Student Una Kravets, winner of the Elizabeth J. Maiden Scholarship.
  • Professor Chemi Montes-Armenteros, winner of a 2018 Graphis Platinum Award for his poster "Music of Steve Reich."
Tasmia Haq, Journey to the Stars.

Tasmia Haq, Journey to the Stars (website), 2020.


The Design program offers its students two fully and exclusively dedicated computer labs, each with 20 high-end Macintosh computers up to date with all the professionally demanded design software for web and interactive design, print design, and motion graphics design. The labs are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to design majors through a secure id card swipe system.

Additionally our students have access to a variety of additional devices and equipment, including Wacom digital pens and tablets, multiple scanners, color laser printers, and photo-quality and large format inkjet printers. Students registered for design courses can use these labs and print their design projects free of charge. Additionally, our students can also rent digital SLR photographic cameras and tripods, also free of charge for design majors. The program counts with a photographic studio with high-end lighting equipment with which our students can prepare and carry out photo-shoots under completely controlled conditions.

The Katzen Arts Center brings all the visual and performing arts programs at AU into one 130,000 square foot space. Designed to foster interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, the new center provides state-of-the-art instructional, exhibition, and performance space for all the arts disciplines. The Center features an extraordinary 30,000 square foot art museum with a variety of gallery spaces for exhibition of exciting contemporary art from the nation's capital region and the world, along with AU's own Watkins Collection and the collection of Cyrus and Myrtle Katzen. The Katzen Arts Center stands as a clear statement to the community that at the heart of the city, there exists a place where the arts are honored as the heart of higher education. That place is American University.

Building Information
Overall building length - 660 feet
Building square footage - 130,000 square feet
Museum - 30,000 square feet
Studio/Fine Arts Space - 37,000 square feet
Performing Arts Space - 33,000 square feet
Sculpture Garden - 6,000 square feet
Parking square footage - 211,000 square feet, 550 car spaces
Support Space - 13,000 square feet

Dyslexics literally think differently.

2020 Alum Jack Tollman in CQ 100 Best Annual Issue

“Made by Dyslexia” PSA animation won Creative Quarterly 59th competition and 100 Best selection.

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