BFA, BFA , MFA , Asst. Professor of Art.
Jacob C. Cotton has risen quickly to success as an accomplished printmaker having exhibited in Europe and as an award winning graphic designer, early in his career. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in Printmaking and Drawing as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Design. In May 2010 he received his MFA in Communication Design and in August 2010 he joined our team of accomplished faculty as our full time graphic design professor.
Professor Cotton’s interests in design lie in the identity and its ability to speak a thousand words, apply emotion and steer thoughts. His design is based upon the idea that design carries and portrays a “feel” that must be portrayed properly or the message will be lost or transmitted incorrectly. His process combines research of demographic psychology and a more graphical based aesthetic using photography as a garnish rather than the meal in an attempt to simplify and better direct the message.
Professor Cotton’s teaching philosophy is that of inspiration. He teaches students that inspiration is only limited to that which is around them and thus they need to be around as much of everything as possible. Often his classes are held outdoors near the stream in front of Seminary Hall or under the tall oaks near the campus library in order to demonstrate how inspiration can come from anywhere. Cotton is also known for strongly encouraging his students to enter competitions and design conferences in order to expose them to the ever changing design word.
Jacob Cotton is an Assistant Professor of Graphic design and teaches: Typography, Publications, Illustration, Web Design, Multimedia and Senior Portfolio. In addition to teaching Professor Cotton along with his wife run an active design firm creating logos, advertising and other collateral material for small businesses in the area.