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New Graphic Design Concentration Begins Fall Semester

The University of Mobile is offering a new concentration in graphic design, and the first course begins fall semester 2011.

“Introduction to Computer Graphics” (AR 226) is open to students in all majors and years. The introductory course will be taught by award-winning graphic designer Jason Thomas of Fairhope, Ala. Additional courses will be offered each semester, with plans ultimately to expand the program into a graphic design major.

“Our goal is to produce students who combine a cross-disciplinary perspective with excellent skills in studio art, research, writing, and a high level of visual literacy. The program will prepare students for design jobs within the advertising market and successful careers in a wide range of fields, including web design and developmental computer graphics,” said Phillip Counselman, assistant professor of art and chair of the UMobile Department of Art.

Students will use new Apple iMac computers, Wacom tablets and Xante graphics printers in courses which will provide hands-on experience.

Students may register now for the introductory course offered Fall Semester 2011. For information on enrolling at the University of Mobile, call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222 or 800.WIN.RAMS, or visit the website at www.umobile.edu. For more information about the graphic design concentration, contact Counselman at pcounsel@umobile.edu or 251.442.2283.

Course instructor Jason Thomas is president and executive creative director of J Thomas Inc. of Fairhope, Ala., a full-service advertising agency. Thomas has received numerous awards from the American Advertising Federation, the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Telly Awards, and Alabama Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society for advertising campaigns.

He holds a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from The University of Alabama, and will receive a master of fine arts in media design from Full Sail University in August.



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