The School of Performing and Visual Arts proudly welcomes you to the 2020 Graphic Design Senior Capstone Exhibition.

A Message from the Instructor: Assoc. Professor John Mark Lawler

The Senior Capstone Project represents an opportunity for advanced, individualized design research and study. During the capstone experience, students develop a project based on his or her own design interests and prior experiences acquired during their time in the Graphic Design program. This represents a culmination of the students development as a graphic designer after years of instruction, research and experimentation.

The capstone project is a semester-long, self-motivated project that provides students with the opportunity demonstrate methodologies and concepts for solving functional, real-world problems. Each project begins with a proposal of study which includes a clear statement of intent, an outline of the study and a tentative agenda for the duration of the project. The capstone project is a research intensive experience that includes a research paper justifying design decisions made during the development process. Final designs produced during this experience exhibit a refined, sophisticated and professional body of work.

2020 Seniors

Below are this year's graduating seniors! Select a senior below to find out more information about them and to view their capstone exhibition and portfolio. Please be sure to sign our guest book at the bottom of the page.


About Our Program

The goal of effective communication continues to be a major concern among the diverse business, social and individual interests of a complex society.

Educated as both an artist and a communicator, the graphic designer must develop a high level of proficiency in traditional artistic skills and in advanced digital skills in order to transform artistic decisions into effective digital graphics for sophisticated audiences.

Instead of self-expression being the primary aim of his/her work, the designers’ visual solutions are prioritized toward reaching an audience with the purpose of communicating a specific idea with a personal vision.

Graphic Design is the largest area of enrollment within the Department of Art and Design. The four full-time graphic design faculty are designers from diverse areas of professional practice who combine knowledge of the business of design with the importance of the individual as a designer. Instruction is supported by art studio and academic courses related to the design profession. Classroom experiences may be broadened through job internships in design firms, advertising agencies or corporate design studios. Numerous field trips, visiting artist presentations and work on actual, real world projects also expand the classroom experience.

Within the Graphic Design program, course work focuses on visual literacy; development of conceptual, aesthetic, and visualization skills; and creative problem-solving. Students gain proficiency in traditional and computer design skills. In beginning graphic design courses, students are exposed to design theory, methodologies, and tools of visual communication. Conceptual, technical and presentation skills, based on commercial expectations and professional practices, are developed. Later course work emphasizes communication skills, technical and production skills, and the understanding of marketing and promotion.

Students will learn Graphic Design skills and principles for identity design, type design, collateral design, editorial design, package design, poster design, information design, storyboarding, advertising design, and, interactive (web) design.

At the completion of the senior year, students produce an extensive senior project, combining an area of personal vision with their professional goals. Successful completion of the program provides a professional portfolio and the skills necessary to enter the field. The program enjoys an exceptional placement rate, with graduates working in corporate art studios, advertising agencies, design studios, printing and publishing firms, and the expanding electronic publishing and digital art fields throughout the United States.

Please sign our Guestbook


May 10, 2020

Stunning work!

Harlan Mapp

Congrats ladies, especially to my niece, Holly

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May 9, 2020

I couldn’t be more proud of my niece, Holly Boone. She’s grown exponentially while studying at USM, and her work shows it. Charcoal can be a difficult medium to work with, and she handles it beautifully! Her figures emerge from mysterious places, with a combination of expressionistic, impressionistic and even cubist elements. She has built a strong foundation in her studies, and I can’t wait to see where she goes next! She’s in good company with the talented Morgan and Mary Rebecca. I love you, Holly!

Jennifer Boone Tomlinson


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May 9, 2020

Congratulations and best of luck to the graduating seniors of the best painting and drawing department in the southeast.

Kelley Joe Brumfield


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May 9, 2020

Outstanding achievement!

Dr. Courts

Ladies in Art

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May 9, 2020

You make the department proud! Wonderful and exciting works!

Rosey Lau

For more information about the Graphic Design Program or the Senior Capstone Exhibition please feel free to contact us 601.266.4972 or

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