UH Mānoa Ranked Among Top 50 Graphic Design Schools
The University of Hawaii in Manoa was recently ranked among the top 50 graphic design schools in the nation, according to Animation Career Review. More than 700 institutions of higher learning from across the United States were considered. The ranking also released a regional list where uh Mānoa’s graphic design program in the College of Arts, Languages and Letters ranked 12th among the top 25 schools on the West Coast.
“Unlike many graphic design programs in the country that focus primarily on vocational or technical training, the graphic design program includes studies in the history and theory of design,” said Anne Bushdesign teacher at uh Manoa Department of Art and Art History. “Ultimately, we seek to instill in students the idea that design is an intellectual, visual, and collaborative activity that can be applied to pressing issues in today’s society.”
An integral part of the program is to provide high quality graphic design services to state nonprofit organizations through the Graphic Design Shop. This spring, advanced graphic design students enrolled in the workshop created visual identity systems for the Sierra Club Oʻahu of the group “Hawaii “Roots” tree planting project, for the Sierra Club Maui Group’s Stream Preservation Project and for Hawaii Literacy. Former clients include the State of Hawaii Ministry of Health, State of Hawaii Environment Council, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Mālama Maunalua, PlayBuilders Hawaiithe Mānoa Alcohol Project and the uh Mānoa School of Architecture. The design work has been locally recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Hawaiithe Pelé Prizes and Honolulu Magazineand nationally by the AIGA Los Angeles, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, HOW? ‘OR’ WHAT magazines and To print magazine.
“Most companies need designers who can think things through and not just apply technical skills,” Bush explained. “I believe our graphic design students are successful in securing jobs after graduation (and often before) precisely because the field of graphic design balances visual and technological expertise with historical, theoretical and critical information. “
The award-winning graphic design program of uh Mānoa thrives on workplace development. Currently, 86% of its graduates work in design locally, nationally and internationally in a range of positions.