Academic Departments

Department of Art and Graphic Design

Kenneth Calhoun, M.F.A.

Chair of Art and Graphic Design; Associate Professor of Art and Graphic Design

Office: Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center

Tel: 617-243-2051


Ours is a visual culture. More than ever, imagery is playing a leading role in the conveyance of meaning. Whether the task is to promote a product or an idea that advances human experience, graphic design opportunities are growing; the mastery of visual tools and knowledge of art and design history are becoming increasingly valued in a culture so dependent upon visual communication. Lasell’s major in graphic design provides students of both fine arts and design a graphic design degree that emphasizes the theoretical and practical studio experience which will enrich their lives as visual communicators.

The Department of Art and Graphic Design offers a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, as well as minors in Graphic Design and Studio Arts. Students in the Graphic Design major engage in essential training using traditional and new media. Lasell’s design programs feature foundational courses in Studio Arts, such as drawing, painting, photography and 3D modeling, which challenge students in a variety of disciplines.

Our Graphic Design degree program builds on the studio arts foundation with design courses that focus on composition, typography, digital imaging and illustration, animation, motion graphics, and web design, all of which are valued in a variety of professional and scholarly contexts.

Our Graphic Design major and minor programs emerge from sequenced courses and a wide range of Connected Learning graphic design opportunities. Courses in both design programs also serve as rewarding electives for non-majors who recognize the value of design skills and visual literacy in other fields.