courses in graphic design

What Courses Will I Take?

In the Graphic Design Major, you will take a combination of classes that deal with the foundations of art, such as drawing and art history, as well as classes in the discipline of graphic design, such as Computer Graphic Design, Printmaking, and Digital Photography.  For a complete list of the courses in the Major and Minor, see the list below:

 

Requirements for Graphic Design Major

ART 1302 Drawing I
ART 2303 Design I
ART 2307 Printmaking I
ART 2308 Art History Survey I
ART 2309 Art History Survey II
ART 2330 Computer Graphic Design I
ART 2331 Digital Photography
ART 3300 Intermediate Digital Photography
ART 3303 Design II
ART 3307 Printmaking II
ART 3330 Computer Graphic Design II
ART 3331 Typography & Branding
ART 3332 Graphic Design History
ART 4360 Practicum
three hours from the following courses:
ART 4316 Graphic Design Special Topic
ART 4361 Graphic Design Internship

 

Requirements for the Graphic Design Minor

Art History Component (ART 2308, 2309, or 3331 Design History)
three hours from
ART 1302 Drawing I
ART 2303 Design I
three hours from
ART 2331 Digital Photography
ART 2307 Printmaking I
ART 2330 Computer Graphic Design I
ART 3330 Computer Graphic Design II
ART 3332 Typography & Branding

 

Course Descriptions

ART 1302. Drawing I - investigates a variety of media, techniques, and subjects, exploring perceptual and descriptive possibilities with consideration of drawing as a developmental process and a finished product.


ART 2303. Design I -introduces basic design concepts with emphasis on two-dimensional design, fundamentals of line, form, texture, shape, space, and arrangement.

ART 2307. Printmaking I: Introduction - introduction to printmaking with sections designatedfor waterbase screenprinting, monoprints, woodcut, lithography, and etching.


ART 2308. Art History Survey I
- survey of Western and non-Western painting, sculpture, architecture and minor arts from prehistoric to the fourteenth century.


ART 2309. Art History Survey II - survey of Western and non-Western paintings, sculpture, architecture and minor arts from the fourteenth century to the present.


ART 2330. Computer Graphic Design I - technical aspects of page layout, visual organization, meaning and expressive qualities as visual form.

ART 2331. Digital Photography - basic techniques of photographic image making and processing using digital equipment and computer software. Digital camera required.


ART 3303. Design II - emphasizes advanced form and content, and conceptual study of visual language including computer generated imagery.


ART 3307. Printmaking II - in-depth study of printmaking methods of silkscreen, woodblock, monoprints, lithography, or etching.

ART 3330. Computer Graphic Design II - study of relationship between visual and verballanguage, digital production and image manipulation. Prerequisite: ART 2330.

ART 3330. Computer Graphic Design II
- study of relationship between visual and verbal language, digital production and image manipulation. Prerequisite: ART 2330.

ART 3331. Graphic Design History - an examination of the evolution of the graphic arts. Discussed design innovators as well as styles and movements. Emphasis placed on the 20th century.

ART 3332. Typography and Branding - an examination of basic typography as a compositional tool. Analyzes the architecture of type from the single letterform to an entire page layout. Also focuses on meaning, concept development, process, research and problem solving methods
relating to branding and visual identity design. Prerequisite: ART 2330.

ART 4360. Practicum
- concentration in studio production of portfolio works culminating in solo exhibition requirement for graduation. Students are responsible for all aspects of development and installation of professional visual art exhibition, personal resume and portfolio presentation.

ART 4361. Graphic Design Internship - allows students to gain practical design experience under the supervision of a qualified professional designer. Prerequisites: ART 2330 and ART 3330.