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, 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 during are editorial design, web design, online animation, corporate identity, and design in service of community.
The major in Art and Design requires the completion of 51 credits for a concentration in Graphic Design. Art majors complete 24 credits in foundation courses plus 27 credits in their areas of concentration.
Required Courses for Art and Design
- AR 101 Art in the Western World\
- AR 110 Design: Visual Organization
- AR 111 Design II: Color
- AR 120 Drawing I
- AR 201 Studies in Modern Art
- AR 214 Computer Design Basics
- AR 220 Drawing II
- AR 224 Multimedia
Additional Required Courses for Graphic Design Concentration
- AR 112 Three-Dimensional Design
- AR 130 Painting I
- AR 131 Watercolor
- AR 160 Illustration I
- AR 211 Graphic Design I
- AR 270 Graphic Design II
- AR 271 Graphic Design III
- AR 370 Graphic Design IV
- Graphic Design or Computer Graphic elective
- AR 390 Graphic Design Portfolio