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FINE ARTS DESIGN is now OPEN.

NO NEW DESIGN JOBS ACCEPTED FOR FALL SEMESTER AFTER NOVEMBER 17, 2017

FAD Designers DO NOT WORK during Finals week.

Fine Arts Design will not be open during the winter break.

Design requests with deadlines under two weeks may or may not be possible – depending upon work flow and complexity of project. FAD designers work only four hours per week and can have multiple projects flowing concurrently, so their time on task is tight. Please be considerate and allow plenty of time for our designers to work on your project.

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Working with Fine Arts Design

Fine Arts Design is a service provided to the university and Kirksville non-profit organizations by the Art Department and the Design program. Fine Arts Design is a student run and managed design service. Fine Arts Design is a experiential learning environment where student designers are gaining professional experiences working with clients, managing design expectations and working with deadlines.

Do projects flow through the process smoothly? Not all the time, because the student designers and art directors are learning how to apply their design skills to “live” projects. Every project is a learning experience and has the potential to exceed the experience base necessary to assure complete client satisfaction. Please approach working with Fine Arts Design designers with this in mind. The student designers and art directors are dedicated to providing you the best service and results their experience and talent can provide.

Fine Arts Design designers are Design program students working institutional, scholarship and work study jobs. The student designers typically only work 4 hours per week and are expected to work on projects and to communicate with clients ONLY during their scheduled work hours. Please note the Fine Arts Design designer work schedules that are posted in the right column of this webpage. Fine Arts Design projects do not supersede Design Program or university assignments or expectations.

Design and production options vary depending upon the time frame in which Fine Arts Design has to produce a project.


Activating a Design Job

To activate a design job, please fill out the online submission form in the right column of this page (Activate a Design Job). Once the request has been sent, you will receive an email confirmation of your submission. Your design request will be processed and assigned to one of the Fine Arts Design designers, who will contact you via phone or email to review your project, information, timeline and production costs.


Design Guidelines

To decrease potential problems when working on a design with a Fine Arts Design designer, please follow the following guidelines.

  • All information needed for a design should be organized and any desired design ideas and thoughts should be included in the submission
  • Submit only final “approved” copy. All copy should be proof read and free of typos prior to submission. Fine Arts Design designers will not copy edit provided copy. Copy must be submitted as a .txt or .rft file without formatting or inserted/placed graphics
  • Any pixel-based, raster graphics or photographs that you have created or desire for use in the design should be submitted as .jpg or .tif file. Raster graphics and photographs should be at a minimum of 150 ppi at the estimated size that you want to use the image in the design
  • Any vector graphics (charts or logos) that you have created should be submitted as an .eps file
  • FAC or SAB approval and logo usage is the responsibility of the submitter.
  • All desired copy, images and graphics are requested to be submitted only once at the time of initiating the online design request

NOTE: If the design project requires multiple files, please zip or create a disk image of the files to submit as one .zip or .dmg file.

NOTE: Fine Arts Design does not accept Microsoft Word, Works, Excel or Powerpoint files. Please submit copy, photography and graphics in the formats specified in the guidelines. 

NOTE: Fine Arts Design does not accept or use any copyright protected images or graphics without written permission of the originator of the image or graphic.


The Design Process

Working with a graphic designer to develop a design is a collaborative process. Fine Arts Design designers can work with you to develop a design from scratch or work with your rough layout sketches. Please keep in mind the student designers have taken multiple Visual Communications classes and have developed visual design aesthetics, techniques and knowledge that the average student hasn’t. Trust their creative input, design suggestions and production knowledge. Student designers consult often with their student Art Directors and faculty advisor to develop a solution to any creative problem. The student designers are tasked to solve all problems that arrive in Fine Arts Design regardless of the time frame. Time frame, budget and production issues can alter the original parameters of a design request. The designers in consultation with Fine Arts Design’s faculty advisor may offer alternatives if the time frame does not allow for successful completion of the requested work.


Steps in creating a design

  • The design request is submitted and email confirmation from Fine Arts Design is sent to the client
  • The Fine Arts Design Art Director reviews the submission and assigns a Fine Arts Design designer to the design request
  • The Fine Arts Design designer will contact the client via phone or email to confirm instructions, quantities and deadlines and to review submitted files. If printing is desired from University Printing Services, the Fine Arts Design designer will obtain price quotes.
  • After consultation with the client the Fine Arts Design designer will develop an initial layout of the design. At this stage of the project, the layout may be a sketch, tight comprehensive marker layout, or digital proof. Prior to contacting the client to review the initial design layout, the Fine Arts Design designer will obtain internal approval for the design working in consultation with the Fine Arts Design Art Director and/or faculty advisor
  • Upon internal approval of the layout comp, the Fine Arts Design designer will contact via email or meet with the client personally to review the design and to present any requested printing quotes
  • The client will either approve the design or not. Suggestions and alterations can be made at this time
  • The Fine Arts Design designer will modify the design if requested and the designer will consult with the Fine Arts Design Art Director and/or faculty advisor for internal design approvals
  • Upon internal approval of the revised/modified design, the Fine Arts Design designer will contact via email or meet with the client personally to review the design modifications and to seek client approval.  NOTE: This process can, if allowed, repeat multiple times until a client is satisfied with a design, but Fine Arts Design designers work very limited hours per week and as a result, Fine Arts Design limits the client to only two proofs
  • Upon client approval of the design, the Fine Arts Design designer will produce and provide the client a .pdf set-up for the appropriate output method (offset Litho, Inkjet or Laser printing)

NOTE: the Fine Arts Design designer will implement an internal content proofing process if the design request originates within the ART, MUSIC and THEATRE departments. Fine Arts Design is not responsible for content proofing from any other departments, programs or student groups across the university


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