Graphic Communications

The Franklin Pierce Difference

Professor Tullio with a student
Most interested students join the Graphic Design Club at some point during their studies. The Graphic Design Club works closely with various University departments in designing advertisements for clubs and organizations on campus. Examples include logos, posters, letterheads, web pages, table tent cards, banners, t-shirts, novelties, brochures, pamphlets, and more. The Club also goes on many field trips including the North East Print Expo usually held in Boston or Worcester, Mass. as well as the Seybold Convention in Boston or New York.

Graphic design is a visual media used to convey a message, most often for business applications such as advertising, brand identity, and internet messaging.

Franklin Pierce graphic arts and communications courses provide a foundation in the elements and principles of design, and then focus on production and the practical application of design in a corporate environment. Students can gain proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite programs on Apple iMacs in a recently renovated, WiFi-equipped Mac Lab that includes a digital CMYK printer.

Course Details

Coursework includes such topics as graphic design, graphic production for the printing
processes, drawing, typography, creative and commercial photography, illustration, and web
design and development.

Students can opt for a related internship, usually between the
junior and senior year. Prior to the internship, students take the Introduction to Internship
course that teaches them how to create an effective portfolio and resume, and make a
powerful interview presentation. These skills benefit students as they seek employment after
graduation and to promote their work throughout their careers.

Not only are the professors in the department skilled and knowledgeable, they are true mentors. Last summer, I landed an internship with Madison Square Garden in New York City.   — Ryan Hulse, '09

Want to know more?

Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Franklin Pierce University
College at Rindge Admissions Office
(800) 437-0048



Richard Block
Professor of Graphic Communications / Information Technology
B.A., Harpur College of the State University of New York at Binghamton
M.F.A., Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts, Bard College

Robert E. Diercks
Professor of Graphic Communications
B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art
M.A., University of Mexico
M.F.A., Pennsylvania State University


Al Karevy
Lecturer, Fine Arts / Graphic Communications
B.A., Keene State College

Coni Porter
Lecturer, Fine Arts / Graphic Communications
B.A., Art Institute of Boston


  • The Graphic Design Club works closely with the Graphic Communications Department in designing advertisements for various clubs and departments on campus. Club members work closely with their clients, learning to meet deadlines and achieve results, and gaining experience to succeed in the work force.
  • Students experience field trips to industry
    related businesses such as printing presses and the Monadnock Paper Mill in nearby Bennington, NH (one of the most eco-friendly mills in the world). A studio tour of major design firms and ad agencies is a part of the internship sequence.

Student Success

  • Franklin Pierce currently has students running successful freelance businesses as well as working for companies such as ESPN, Red Tettemer, and Marketing Drive, LLC among others.
  • Students have completed internships at
    places like Madison Square Garden, the Tampa Bay Rays baseball franchise, Graphic Design USA magazine, Toth Brand Imaging and others. These have provided students with valuable professional experiences and resume building opportunities.