Graphic Design

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BFA in Graphic Design

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Graphic design is creative problem-solving process that combines research, visual sensitivity, design skills, and knowledge in areas of visual communication, technology, and business. Graphic design is the effective understanding of a client’s product, service, or event, and its goal is to translate the client and designer’s shared concept into a creative visual solution for a targeted audience. Design is created through the manipulation, combination, and utilization of shape, color, imagery, typography, and space—beautifully crafted across all applications—digital, analog, and environmental.

Subjects you may study in the Department of Design include the following: Advertising Design, App Design, Brand Identity, Data Visualization and Mapping, Design Research, Design Theory, Design Thinking, Digital Design, Exhibition Design, Information Design, Packaging Design, Publication Design, Signage Design, Social Design, Sustainable Design, System Design, Typography, Way Finding Design and Web Design.

Major Requirements (30 Credits):

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  • GD200 Typography and Layout
  • GD205 Print Design and Production
  • GD260 Web Design
  • GD280 Human-Centered Design
  • GD300 Digital Design and User Interface
  • GD305 Environmental Graphic Design
  • GD380 Advanced Visual Communication
  • GD400 Brand and Identity Design
  • GD405 Senior Project and Portfolio
  • Plus
  • GD3xx 300-level GD elective
    or
    IN.GDxx Graphic Design Internship

Typical Four-Year Course Progression

1st Semester (15 credits)

  • Drawing 1 (3)
  • 2D Design (3)
  • Digital Foundations(3)
  • Writing 1(3)
  • Art History Survey: Prehistory to Medieval (3)

2nd Semester (15 credits)

  • Drawing 2(3)
  • 3D Design (3)
  • Color Foundations (3)
  • Writing 2 (3)
  • Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary (3)

3rd Semester (15 credits)

  • Idea, Process and Criticism(3)
  • Typography and Layout(3)
  • Web Design(3)
  • Literature Elective(3)
  • Art History Elective(3)

4th Semester (15 credits)

  • Print Design and Production(3)
  • Human-Centered Design(3)
  • Studio Elective or Art History Elective(3)
  • Math or Natural Science Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

5th Semester (15 credits)

  • Digital Design and User Interface(3)
  • Studio Elective or Internship(3)
  • P2(3)
  • Social Science Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

6th Semester (15 credits)

  • Environmental Graphic Design(3)
  • Advanced Visual Communication(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Art History Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

7th Semester (15 credits)

  • Brand and Identity Design(3)
  • 300-level Graphic Design Elective or Graphic Design Internship(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Studio Elective or Art History Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

8th Semester (15 credits)

  • Senior Project and Portfolio(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Studio Elective (3)
  • Studio Elective (3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

BFA in Design Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design

Graphic design is an interdisciplinary, creative problem-solving process that combines research, visual sensitivity, design skills, and knowledge in areas of visual communication, technology, and business. Graphic design is the effective understanding of a client’s product, service, or event, and its goal is to translate the client and designer’s shared concept into a creative visual solution for a targeted audience. Design is created through the manipulation, combination, and utilization of shape, color, imagery, typography, and space–beautifully crafted across all applications—digital, analogue and environmental.

Subjects you may study in the Department of Design include the following: Advertising Design, App Design, Brand Identity, Data Visualization and Mapping, Design Research, Design Theory, Design Thinking, Exhibition Design, Information Design, Packaging Design, Publication Design, Signage Design, Social Design, Sustainable Design, System Design, Typography, Way Finding Design and Web Design.

Concentration Requirements (21 Credits):

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  • GD200 Typography and Layout
  • GD205 Print Design and Production
  • GD300 Digital Design and User Interface
  • GD305 Environmental Graphic Design
  • GD400 Brand and Identity Design
  • GD405 Senior Project and Portfolio
  • GD260 Web Design

Typical Four-Year Course Progression

1st Semester (15 credits)

  • Drawing 1(3)
  • 2D Design (3)
  • Digital Foundations(3)
  • Writing 1(3)
  • Art History Survey: Prehistory to Medieval(3)

2nd Semester (15 credits)

  • Drawing 2(3)
  • 3D Design(3)
  • Color Foundations(3)
  • Writing 2(3)
  • Art History Survey: Renaissance to Contemporary(3)

3rd Semester (15 credits)

  • Idea, Process and Criticism(3)
  • Typography and Layout(3)
  • Web Design(3)
  • Literature Elective(3)
  • Art History Elective(3)

4th Semester (15 credits)

  • Print Design and Production(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Math or Natural Science Elective(3)
  • Studio Elective or Art History Elective(3)

5th Semester (15 credits)

  • Digital Design and User Interface(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • P2(3)
  • Social Science Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

6th Semester (15 credits)

  • Environmental Graphic Design(3)
  • Studio Elective or Intership(3)
  • Studio Elective (3)
  • Studio Elective or Art History Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

7th Semester (15 credits)

  • Brand and Identity Design(3)
  • Studio Elective or Internship(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)
  • Art History Elective(3)

8th Semester (15 credits)

  • Senior Project and Portfolio(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Studio Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)
  • Liberal Arts Elective(3)

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