Student Groups


The Graphic Design Honor Society is a group of outstanding students, including scholarship winners. Fellowship in the Honor Society is contingent on being a major in Graphic Design or Design Studies and by faculty invitation. Applicants submit current work in a competitive portfolio examination, usually held in mid-February. Membership in this group represents the best students from all levels in the Department of Graphic Design.

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Design Focus is a student organization, open to any students interested in graphic Design. The organization actively promotes excellence in design education through sponsorship of on-campus speakers from the professional design community, special events and activities, service projects, and by subsidizing student fees for design conferences and competitions.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Nick Fender develops his new app with assistance from Brooke Davis and Jessie Edwards on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015. (Photo by Ron T. Ennis)

MBA candidate in the TCU Neeley School of Business, Nick Fender develops his new app with assistance from Jessie Edwards (left) and Brooke Davis (foreground, right) on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas Wednesday Oct. 21, 2015. (Photo by Ron T. Ennis)

The Creative Crossroads Multidisciplinary Task Force

The common thread is creativity.

Representing several departments, spread across four colleges—and counting—this group has tasked itself with exploring tangible means of cooperating academically, in order to provide a richer learning environment for students. This includes both short-term cooperation and collaboration in existing classes, and a plan for a more all-inclusive class or curriculum of study.

The Creative Crossroads Task Force is a self-described group of academic “silo-busters”.

We believe that creativity does not exist in a vacuum, nor should it be taught in one. Whether it’s design, writing, videography, sales strategy, a new business startup or writing computer code, creative thinking can only make it better.

Examples of short-term cooperation include a recent combination of Graphic Design and Entrepreneurship Classes for a few meetings, to consider the promotional and market impact of hypothetical corporate mergers. A Television Production class worked with illuminated poetry projects created in a Graphic Design class, to create an animated version including the interaction of typography, image and audio track. Most recently, an experimental, multi-disciplinary class was formed and tasked with rebranding and promoting the TCU Counseling center.

We have not yet scratched the surface.

Professional Associations

The Department of Graphic Design is fortunate in enjoying a close association with local, regional and national professional organizations. These include the American Advertising Federation (AAF), the Dallas Society of Visual Communication (DSVC)—the largest art directors’ club in the nation, the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the Fort Worth Creative Co-op, the Creative Circles Conference, the Texas State Creative Summit and other groups.

For example, DSVC offers a discounted student membership covering free admission to monthly meetings, all informational mailings and collateral material, access to internship and job placement services and more.

DSVC also sponsors a National Student Design Conference each spring. This event includes a student competition, prominent speakers from all over the world, and valuable portfolio workshops. While participants come from all over, it is a mere 30 miles from the TCU campus, making it extraordinarily accessible and affordable.

The AAF offers an annual student competition which leads from the local, to the regional and national levels.

The Creative Summit is a major regional, annual student design conference and competition. Held on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos, it is a short, three-hour drive away.