Graphic Design prepares students to immediately join the modern profession that demands designers be capable of organizing highly complex clusters of digital creation tools in order to make the non-visual aspects of communication into visible solutions through print, internet, social media, and digital delivery systems. Students study a wide variety of design challenges addressing subjects that include visual literacy, typography, layout, and digital illustration. Beyond the solid base established in the department's foundation programs are five semesters dedicated exclusively to Graphic Design. Just a few of the topics covered are editorial design, web design, online animation, corporate identity, packaging design, iPad development and design in service to the community.
The major in Art & Design requires the completion of 51 credits for a concentration in Graphic Design. Art & Design majors complete 18 credits in foundational courses plus 33 credits in their areas of concentration.
Required Foundational Courses for Art and Design
- AR 101 Art in the Western World
- AR 201 Studies in Modern Art or one other three-credit art history offering
- AR 110 Design: Visual Organization
- AR 111 Design II: Color
- AR 114 Computer Design Basics
- AR 120 Drawing I
Additional Required Courses for Graphic Design Concentration
- AR 211 Graphic Design I
- AR 220 Drawing II: Life
- AR 225 Design for the Web
- AR 250 Introduction to Illustration
- AR 229 Introduction to Painting (or AR 131 Watercolor with permission of the department)
- AR 270 Graphic Design II
- AR 271 Graphic Design III
- AR 272 Advertising Design or AR 280 Interactive Motion Graphics
- AR 276 Interactive 2D Animation
- AR 370 Graphic Design IV
- AR 390 Graphic Design Portfolio
Professional internships are possible through AR 396 Internship with the permission of the department.