University of Delaware - Newark, DE | Delaware Schools with Design Programs | Graphic Design

University of Delaware

School Summary
104 Hullihen Hall
Newark, DE 19716
(302) 831-2000
Degree Type:
Associate's degree; Bachelor's degree; Master's degree; Doctor's degree - research/scholarship; Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus Setting:
Suburb: Large
Campus Housing:

About University of Delaware

The University of Delaware is located in Newark, Delaware. Newark is a city in New Castle County, just twelve miles from Wilmington, the state's largest city. The Chapel Street Playhouse is Newark's official community theater, producing four main stage shows and a one-act festival each year. The First State Children's Theater offers classical professional theater for audiences of all generations. The University of Delaware Professional Theatre conservatory offers public performances from a classic repertory including Shakespeare, Chekhov and Ibsen. The University is also home to University Museums, permanent home to three major collections and host to special exhibitions and program and lecture series. Newark is also home to the Newark Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra dedicated to the progression of classical music in the Newark area.

The University of Delaware is a state-assisted, privately governed four-year institution of higher education, proud of being one of the oldest in the United States. It was founded in 1743 as a small private academy. The University received its charter from the State of Delaware in 1833 and was designated one of the nation's historic Land Grant colleges in 1867. Today, it is one of only three institutions with Land Grant, Sea Grant, Space Grant and Urban Grant status. The University was the first American university to begin a study abroad program, with the first group of nine students traveling to Paris in 1923. Since then it has expanded its renowned study abroad program, which now encompasses over 75 different programs in more than 40 subjects to over 35 countries on all seven continents.

The department of fashion and apparel studies offers a four-year BS degree program in apparel design. Students learn to research, analyze and forecast trends, evaluate consumer markets, translate inspiration into tangible products, conceptualize, design, and develop apparel products, specify materials, understand fabric and fiber properties, utilize color and styling, create technical and fashion illustrations, prepare visual and verbal presentations, use technology to design apparel concepts, and develop solutions to design and development problems. Required courses include design in visual arts, fashion style and culture, fundamentals of textiles, and a costume history course. Students also study apparel product assembly and structures, fashion drawing and rendering, fashion forecasting and design, a product development and management studio, and development courses in professional portfolios and apparel collections. Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising students have many opportunities to enhance their education through discovery learning that takes place outside the regular classroom. Many students participate in industry internships and participate in research and creative scholarship with faculty. There is also a student exchange study abroad program available at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

The visual communications BFA degree program is a three-year program of study within the art department that follows one full year of foundation art courses. The curriculum is intended to encourage inquiry in the art of communication design and to assist in the development of skills in various creative processes. The program begins with graphic design fundamentals and leads each student toward a career in the applied arts through a variety of required and elective courses in graphic design, advertising, illustration, letterpress and new media. Required courses in the program include typography, form and communication, media, design and culture, at least one graphic design studio, a visual communications practicum, a course in portfolio preparation, and a BFA exhibition. Students must also choose additional studio elective courses from a list which includes photographic design topics, illustration topics, advertising design topics, and advanced new media design. A visual communications internship is also required prior to graduation.

The University of Delaware awards more than $90 million annually in aid. The University offers a variety of scholarships, financial aid programs, and financing plans. These include merit, athletic, music, and art scholarships. Additional scholarships exist at the University for Delaware residents, Army or Air Force ROTC participants, and offspring of a University of Delaware graduate. In addition, a few awards are specific to entering freshmen in particular majors and programs. Students are automatically reviewed for these scholarships, as well as for university-wide scholarships, when they are reviewed for admission.

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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,