Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Academic Program Mission Statement:
Graphic Designers are tasked with solving visual communication problems. Students in the graphic design program learn to apply design thinking while honing technical and creative problem-solving skills through planning, research, analysis, experimentation and evaluation. As graphic designers are responsible for creating physical artifacts and disseminating information that impacts people, the planet and the economy, students learn to design for a globally-minded and more sustainable future. Through a project-based curriculum, students gain hands-on experience in the latest software, creating websites, interactive experiences and print materials. The graphic design professional degree is intended to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a career in the graphic design disciplines.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand and incorporate the principles and elements of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography and aesthetics through the construction of meaningful visuals.
  2. Identify and respond to appropriate target audiences through the recognition of the physical, cultural and social factors that motivate response and behavior.
  3. Assess and evaluate information and apply critical, analytical, strategic and creative thinking skills in order to make thoughtful decisions. Recognize historical achievements, current topics and processes in graphic design and how these inform design solutions and/or the future of the profession.
  4. Construct a body of work that demonstrates visual intelligence, conceptual understanding, collaboration and technical facility at a professional entry level in graphic design. 
  5. Define and apply ethical and sustainable concepts and a commitment to the betterment of the graphic design profession and the world community. 

Recommended Course Sequencing


AR101 Drawing I (2 credits)
AR102 Drawing II (2 credits)
AR117 Principles & Elements of Design
GD101 Typography
GD105 Graphic Design I
GD110 Computer Typography
HU100 Foundations of Liberal Arts **
HU103 World History: 1500 to Present
EN105 Advanced English Composition *
MH204 Pre-Calculus *
Ways of Knowing Requirement ***


GD102 History of Graphic Design
GS106 Graphic Design II
GD111 Media Design
GD201 Packaging Design Portfolio
GD205 Digital Communications
EN206 Introduction to Literature
HU106 History of Art to 1495
SC103 Principles of Biology (4 credits)
SC232 Environmental Science (4 credits)
Historical & Global Awareness Requirement ***


CO201 Writing for Media or MN208 Business Communications
GD310 Photo Imaging I
GD311 Photo Imaging II
GD340 Graphic Design III
HU107 History of Art from 1495
HU305 Ethics
Diversity & Identity Requirement ***
Electives (3)


GD401 Web Design for the Graphic Designer 
GD318 Professional Practice
GD490 Capstone I: Proposal & Prospectus
GD495 Capstone II: Development & Implementation
GD499 Graphic Design Internship II or GD498 Graphic Design Bachelor Thesis or 300-level (or higher) Graphic Design Elective
HU400 Synthesis of Liberal Arts
Aesthetic Appreciation Requirement ***
Electives (2)

Total Credits Required For Graduation: 123

*by placement
**If you have 15 or more accepted transfer credits, you may replace HU100 with an Arts and Science Elective
*** See course catalog or this page for listing of courses. 

Please see course descriptions for prerequisites. All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.

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