GD 2018 Rankings

The 2018 Graphic Design School rankings have been released, and the news is good for SJSU!

San Jose State’s rankings:
Top 50 Nationally (#50, top 7% of schools considered)
Top 50 Nationally among Public Colleges (#23, top 5% of schools considered)
Top 10 in California (#8)

Animation Career Review ranks Design programs based on the following criteria:
Academic reputation
Admission selectivity
Depth and breadth of the program
Value as it relates to tuition and indebtedness
Geographic location

This unique program admits every student as a BA Design Studies Major. Upon completion of DsGD 100 and portfolio review, students are eligible to apply for pre-admission to the Graphic Design Program. Once admitted to the program, students will learn how to apply the principles of color, composition, hierarchy, and typography as they relate in the various media—digital, print, motion, 3-D, etc.—that exist in design. Per the school, students will graduate with the ability to “create and develop original concepts, build prototypes, integrate feedback, carry projects through to the production process, and apply principles of visual communication as they relate to reaching audiences, the role of design in society, and the ability to work cooperatively.”

Graduates will show “fluency in the breadth of disciplines that graphic design encompasses, with deep exploration into information architecture, user interface design, interactive design, motion graphics, iterative image-making, exhibition design and typeface design. They will “demonstrate understanding of the design process, design thinking and professional standards and practices, including real-project learning scenarios and a transition into preparing a portfolio to enter the workforce.

You can find the rankings here:

Eye Love You Still

Congrats to BFA Animation/Illustration student Nikiel Suchit whose film "Eye Love You" made it to the Finalists for the 27th Annual CSU Media Arts Festival.

Island BenchSJSU interior design students fabricate the “Island Bench”  for the youth of Mathson Middle School in the SOMAS district of San Jose.

Through interviews and consultations with a core group of the Mathson population, SJSU interior design students identified needs and opportunities for improvements on the Mathson Middle School campus. In a community interview process, the SJSU students learned that the youth of Mathson Middle School needed: social spaces on campus for sitting, talking and sharing, more vegetation and soft surfaces, color, and urban furniture elements that could be points of pride and support the identity of the school.

The outcome of this endeavor is a fifty-foot long furniture installation for the Mathson Middle School courtyard that introduces casual seating elements, vibrant colors and vegetation. The students from SJSU and Mathson came together the fill the islands' with flowers, fruits and vegetables.


Dave Yee

Congratulations to David Yee becoming a full-time faculty member in the Animation/Illustration Program as of this fall! (David began teaching as a lecturer at SJSU in 2007.)

David Yee was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He completed his undergraduate studies at San Jose State University in 2001 and received his MFA degree from the University of Hartford in 2014.

The majority of his career has been spent working in the art department at Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), George Lucas’ visual effects company. Here, he’s worked in a variety of positions including art assistant, concept artist, and art director on projects such as Van Helsing (2004), Star Wars Episode 3:Revenge of the Sith (2005), Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008), Super 8 (2011), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). He’s also spent time working as a freelance artist in the video game industry as well as a digital artist in the marketing department at Apple Inc.

Class of 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Department of Design Graduation Ceremony, SJSU Morris Dailey Auditorium, May 25, 2017. 

Remy ThompsonCongratulations to Remy Thompson (Department of Design Admin Analyst) receiving the 2017 College of Humanities & the Arts Outstanding Staff Award.

array—graphic design senior show 2017ARRAY
45 individuals, 1 exhibition

The 2017 BFA Graphic Design Senior Exhibition features designers each with their own unique stories. Witness where individual paths cross through one shared creative journey.

BFA Graphic Design Exhibition  
Student Union Ballroom, San José State University

May 8–9
Exhibition, 10am–9pm
Thesis presentations, 10am–5pm

May 10
Exhibition, 10am–6pm
Professional night, 6pm–10pm

May 11
Exhibition, 10am–1pm

On Thursday night at the Fox Theater in Oakland, CA, five SJSU Interior Design students were presented with Honor Awards by the Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association. The awards each come with a $2000 cash prize. 

Katie Han received an Honor Award for her Hypertext Book Factory design proposal. As part of her winning design she developed a concept for an Espresso Book Machine that prints, collates, covers, and binds a single book in a few minutes. The Espresso Book Machine fits in  25 square feet of floor space over multiple floors and with the Book Machine, it is possible to print rare, personal and multi-language publications.


Maryam Batouli received an Honor Award for her hypothetical design of Pintrest's new Headquarters. She developed a custom light fixture, in the form of a pushpin, for the project.


Michelle Rumawas and Manpreet Jandir won an Honor Award for their proposal to design a food lab in Accra, Ghana. Their winning design included vibrantly colored walls and tabletops made of an innovative and custom material they developed in class. Their custom material included cement, polymers and local agricultural by products such as pulverized cocoa husks, turmeric and spinach.


Asenath Young won an Honor Award for her design of Silkhar, a mens boutique. Her proposal was to recreate a 1920's Speakeasy vibe by using reclaimed materials and haberdashery items. 

2017 Design Senior Shows

5/5–27 Works Gallery, San José
Opening night6-10pm 5/5
Professional night 4-8pm 5/11

5/7–11 SJSU Student Union Ballroom, San José
Professional night 5–9pm 5/8

5/23–24 San José City Hall Rotunda
Opening night 5–8pm 5/23
Professional night 5:30–9pm 5/24

5/24 Pivot Interiors, 3355 Scott Blvd #110, Santa Clara
Friend and family 3–5pm
Professional night 5–9pm


The 2017 SJSU IDSA Student Merit Award Winner is Vanessa Cantoli

The Student Merit Award (SMA) is sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America with the intention of recognizing talented student designers in their senior year with exceptional academic records. The IDSA Student Merit Award is highly regarded in the design community and represents an extraordinary level of rigor and professionalism recognized across the industry.

Vanessa was selected by a jury of local professionals and will now go on to compete at the 2017 IDSA Western District Design Conference (WDDC), in Portland, OR, against SMA winners from other western district schools. One SMA student will win the WDDC and then present themselves as one of the nation's top students in design at IDSA's 2017 International Design Conference. 

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Department of Design Graduation Ceremony

11am–1pm, May 25, 2017, Morris Dailey Auditorium