Terry Dobson, MFA

Associate Professor, Department of Design
Phone: (626) 815-6000, Ext. 5988
Fax: (626) 387-5727
Office Location: Building One, Room 234A
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Before coming to APU, Terry Dobson, MFA, served as adjunct faculty at Loyola Marymount University and California State University, Los Angeles. During two decades as creative director for the Walt Disney Company, Dobson, a British native, won a Themed Entertainment industry award for Walt Disney Imagineering, an Interactive Academy Award for Disney Interactive Studios, and four online gaming awards for Disney Parks and Resorts Online. He was also inaugurated into the Disney Inventor’s Club and awarded a patent for design and technological innovation. His diverse interdisciplinary background has shaped his teaching philosophy to focus on the liminal space where fine art and design intersect. He encourages all students—not just designers—to become intellectual visual connectors who see similarities and possibilities to communicate visually. His sustainable approach to design education prepares students for the responsibility of equalizing the graphic landscape of the future. By instilling a conscientious graphic voice and discernment for caring about how and what they create, he helps transform designers into agents for social change whose potential goes far beyond service to consumerism.

Artist’s Work


  • MFA, Graphic Design, Yale University School of Art
  • BFA, Graphic Design (First-Class Honors), University of Central Lancashire

Academic Area

  • School of Visual and Performing Arts (College of the Arts)
    • Department of Design


  • 20th-Century Graphic Design
  • Design for Social Justice
  • Glyphs, Signs, Symbols, and Icons
  • Theme Park and Game Design
  • Typography
  • Visual Storytelling

Courses Taught

  • ART 120 – Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • ART 450 – Portfolio
  • ART 481 – Graphic Design IV
  • ART 590 – Independent Studio
  • ART 591 – Independent Studio

Office Hours

Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; and by appointment

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