Graphic Design

We 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, Graphic Design (Print and Digital), Information Design, Packaging Design, Publication Design, Signage Design, Sustainable Design, System Design, Typography, Way Finding Design and Web Design.


BFA IN DESIGN ARTS WITH A CONCENTRATION IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
Required courses:

GD200     Design System 1
GD205     Design System 2
GD300     Design System 3
GD305     Design System 4
GD400     Design System 5
GD405     Design System 6

Concentration Electives:

GD210     The Design of Packaging
GD220     The Design of Advertising
GD234     Special Topics: The Design Laboratory
GD235     Special Topics: Sustainable Design

 

 Typical Four-Year Course Progression

1st Semester (15 credits)

Drawing 1     (3)
3-D Design     (3)
Writing 1     (3)
Color Foundation     (3)
Art History Survey 1     (3)

2nd Semester (15 credits)

Drawing 2     (3)
2-D Design     (3)
Writing 2     (3)
Digital Foundation     (3)
Art History Survey 2     (3)

3rd Semester (15 credits)

Design System 1     (3)
Idea, Process & Critique    (3)
Studio Elective     (3)
Art History Elective     (3)
Literature Elective    (3)

4th Semester (15 credits)

Design System 2     (3)
Concentration Elective     (3)
Studio Elective     (3)
Art History Elective     (3)
Liberal Arts – General Ed Elective     (3)

5th Semester (15 credits)

Design System 3     (3)
Concentration Elective     (3)
Studio or AH Elective     (3)
Social Science Elective     (3)
Liberal Arts – General Ed Elective     (3)

6th Semester (15 credits)

Design System 4    (3)
Concentration Elective     (3)
Studio Elective     (3)
Math/Science Elective     (3)
Liberal Arts – General Ed Elective     (3)

7th Semester (15 credits)

Design System 5    (3)
Concentration Elective     (3)
Studio or AH Elective     (3)
Liberal Arts – General Ed Elective     (3)
Liberal Arts – General Ed Elective     (3)

8th Semester (15 credits)

Design System 6    (3)
Studio Elective     (3)
Studio Elective     (3)
Studio Elective     (3)
Liberal Arts – General Ed Elective     (3)