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Poster Design 

To design your own poster, download
and modify the most closely sized
poster template. Each template
contains both tips, sample text of
recommended size, and CSUF logos.

Template Samples


To inquire about the suitability of
your project for our graphic design
services, contact Kelly Donovan, FDC
Graphic Artist by email or by phone at
(657) 278-7143.  


The FDC Graphic Arts facility is for the support of FACULTY engaged

in teaching, scholarly and creative activities, and service. 

Advance notice is needed.

Faculty may request assistance with illustrations (e.g., artwork, figures, images) for publication (e.g., books, journals) or presentations (e.g., Powepoints). There is no charge for illustrations. 
Faculty may request one free poster per fiscal year (7/1-6/30) for display at conferences, on campus, or other symposia or exhibitions. This offer is not transferable to other faculty.

After the first poster, faculty may request additional posters, time permitting, on a chargeback basis, determined by the size of the poster. The charge is $3.50 per square foot or fraction thereof, payable through a department fund transfer.

Digital poster design for display at virtual conferences is provided at no charge.

The FDC requires reasonable lead time to design illustrations and posters, normally one (1) week prior to the delivery deadline. For posters, a “rush fee” of $10 per square foot is applied to requests made within 48 business hours of the delivery deadline. The longer the lead time, the better. During certain parts of the year, the number of poster and illustra-tion requests can spike, so the FDC reserves the right to deny any illustration or poster request if the workload is excessive and the lead time is not sufficient.

Faculty must get authorization from the department chair or budget manager before requesting a second or subsequent poster that requires a chargeback, especially those requested as a rush order.

In some cases, faculty engage students in their research and creative activities.
In these cases, the faculty may request a poster if:

• The faculty member is the primary researcher/ creator;
• The poster is for an event that is primarily for faculty.

The faculty may not request a poster if:
• The work is for a class assignment;
• The student is the primary researcher/creator;
• The poster is for an event  that is primarily for students.


The FDC supports faculty development as teachers/scholars. As such, the FDC provides illustrations for faculty publications and posters for faculty presentations of research and creative activities. Illustrations for print or electronic publications are free, though sufficient lead time is critical. For posters, the first one each year is free; after that, the FDC must charge to recover printing and paper costs. The offer of one free poster may not be transferred to other faculty because this poster policy only works when not all faculty request posters every year. The FDC reserves the right to update this policy at any time. 


No student work; recommend DPS. The FDC does not have the capacity to provide student illustrations or posters. Moreover, the FDC does not compete with Digital Print Services (DPS). As such, the FDC cannot design illustrations or print posters for student research and creative activities. By definition, student work is student-driven, even though faculty assist, guide, direct, and mentor the student work.


The FDC recommends printing student posters at the campus Digital Print Services (DPS), PLN-220.  
PHONE: 657-278-3964,
Or, at


Q. A university hosts a symposium or similar event that showcases student research and creative activities: graduate and/or undergraduate. Some CSUF students have their work accepted. Their faculty have mentored their work. Does this qualify for FDC design and printing under this policy?

A. No. Because this event exhibits student work, students must be the primary, or lead, researchers and creators, no matter the level of faculty involvement. If the faculty are the lead investigators or creators, the work would not qualify for a student showcase. As such, these posters do not qualify under this policy. Additionally, a student showcase is an excellent opportunity for students to create their own posters. It would not be appropriate for the FDC graphic designer to design and print student posters. Moreover, the students should have their work printed at the DPS or other print services, and not at the FDC, because the FDC does not compete with other printing services.

Q. Students—both undergraduate and graduate—assist faculty members in substantive ways with their faculty research and creative activities to the extent that the students are listed as co-authors or co-presenters or co-exhibitors at faculty conferences or symposia. Does this qualify under this policy?

A. Yes. In this case, the faculty members are the primary scholars or creators, with significant assistance from students. Additionally, the presentation and exhibition are at faculty-oriented venues rather than venues focused all or mostly on student work. As such, these posters qualify under this policy.
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