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Graphic Design Minor

School of Arts and Sciences

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A minor in Graphic Design will provide you the opportunity to supplement your non-art major. Graphic design is the profession that plans and exercises visual communication principles according to the needs of audiences and contexts for which the communication is intended. Graphic designers use various technologies as means for creating visual form and as a tool through which communication takes place. This minor will enhance your ability in any major or discipline that requires you to describe concepts and ideas visually. A graphic design minor will also prepare you for internships and entry-level positions in the field of graphic design, specifically suited for the design specialties of editorial, corporate design/branding, marketing, book design, digital media packaging, and way-finding/information design.

Curriculum

  • Graphic Design Minor
  • 18 Units
  • ARTG 261: Graphic Design I
  • 3

This studio art course will give students an introduction to the study of graphic design, as they are exposed to the history of visual communication, typography, advertising, and learn how to identify the elements and principles of design by creating image and text related projects. Students will also develop skills using the digital techniques of scanning, typographic adjustments, vector drawing, exporting, and printing. Prerequisites: ART 201 and ART 251 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • ARTG 361: Graphic Design II
  • 3

Students will produce intermediate design projects that emphasize aesthetics, the theory of design, and the relationship between text and image in this course including the development of digital imaging and layout skills using Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator. A portion of this course will be devoted to a service learning assignment creating design projects for a nonprofit organization within the community. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: ARTG 261. Offered alternate years.

  • ARTG 461: Graphic Design III
  • 3

This course will allow students to complete advanced graphic design projects to fill gaps in their portfolios, emphasizing their preparation to become professional graphic designers through the production of strong portfolios that can be used to gain internships or employment. Prerequisite: ARTG 361. Offered alternate years.

  • Choose two of the following courses:
  • ARTG 270: Digital Publishing
  • 3

In this course students will develop page layout skills utilizing composition and typographic principles while learning to use Adobe InDesign and the creation of images in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, including text to produce flyers, posters, newsletters, magazines, brochures, calendars, etc.

  • ARTG 271: Digital Image Manipulation
  • 3

Students will become proficient using Adobe Photoshop in this course, including its applications in graphic design, advertising, web design, animation, and multimedia. Examination of the ways in which complex ideas and messages can be interpreted and represented in visual form will also be included. A lab fee is required.

  • ARTG 272: Digital Illustration
  • 3

In this course students will acquire type manipulation and digital illustration skills through exercises, demonstrations, and practical assignments using Adobe Illustrator, including the development of an individualized artistic process to produce digital illustrations that convey specific messages. A lab fee is required.

  • Choose one of the following courses:
  • ART 315: The History of Contemporary Art
  • 3

This course will examine the art of the last half of the 20th and 21st centuries as it explores the ideas that became seminal points of interest for contemporary artists during this period. Students will study how art reflects history; how style communicates the concerns of the artist and their culture; and how symbols, techniques, materials, and subjects are used to convey the issues important to contemporary artists. Offered alternate years.

  • ARTG 390: Practicum: Graphic Design
  • 3

This course is a practical, hands-on experience outside the classroom directly related to the student's major, minor, or professional program that is a beneficial complement to the student's academic experience. A lab fee may be required for some courses.

  • ARTG 471: Video Art
  • 3

In this studio course, students will create relationships between image and sound by using the time-based medium of video with an emphasis on students developing strong concepts for their projects and learning to create a storyboard, film, and edit video art pieces together using Final Cut Pro and Adobe After Effects. Prerequisites: ARTG 271 and ART 301 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

Current students, please note: The requirements listed here may not reflect the most current courses for this major and may not be the requirements for the catalog year you are following to complete your major. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for official requirements you must meet to qualify for a degree.

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