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Graphic Design Major

Curriculum

School of Arts and Sciences

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Curriculum

  • Graphic Design Foundation
  • 15 Units
  • ART 200: Elements of Art
  • 3

In this course students will be given a practical introduction to the basics of art through creative studio activities involving the elements of art in a variety of media with two-dimensional projects. A lab fee is required. This class is offered each semester.

  • ART 201: Drawing I
  • 3

This studio art course will introduce the basic approaches to observational drawing in a variety of media, methods, and subject matter through lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, studio drawing, out-of-class drawing, sketching, and critiques. A lab fee is required. This class is offered each semester.

  • ART 251: Design *
  • 3

This course is a continuation of Elements of Art, with emphasis on the properties and handling of color as a design tool. Students will gain an understanding of color relationships, as well as learn to identify, and analyze the principles and elements of design. Students will utilize these theories and principles in the creation of their own unique designs.

  • 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. This class is offered every fall semester.

  • ART 321: Painting I
  • 3

This studio art course will introduce students to the basic approaches of oil and acrylic painting, painting techniques, form, content, visual appreciation, and personal expression through lectures, demonstrations, slide presentations, studio painting, out-of-class painting, sketching, and critiques. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ART 201. This class is offered every fall semester.

  • Graphic Design Core
  • 39 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 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.

  • ARTG 300: History of Graphic Design
  • 3

This survey course will examine the history of graphic design as students gain a broader understanding of how design affects and is affected by the culture; identify individual illustrators, designers, and artists; and recognize specific styles and movements. This course is offered every spring semester.

  • ARTG 360: Typography
  • 3

This course will give a historical overview of type and typographic technologies that will introduce students to the formal qualities of different typefaces and teach them to use type as an expressive communication tool. This is an essential course for anyone wishing to communicate with the printed word. A lab fee is required. Prerequisite: ARTG 261 or consent of the instructor. This class is offered every fall semester.

  • 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 460: Typography II
  • 3

As a continuation of ARTG 360, this course will begin the exploration of personal expression and experimentation typographically with course assignments designed to focus on the issues of denotation, connotation, hierarchy, context and theme, image-type relationships and interaction, and typographic history and expression. Prerequisite: ARTG 360. This course is offered every spring semester.

  • 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. This course is offered every spring semester.

  • ARTG 472: Web Design I
  • 3

Students will plan, design, and produce user interfaces in this course that will incorporate interactive elements with Dreamweaver Instruction that begins with planning and designing a Web site, including page content, interactive (intuitive) site navigation, menus, buttons, and graphics as they gain valuable experience in the research, planning, and design of interactive communication. Prerequisites: ARTG 361 or consent of instructor. This course is offered every fall semester.

  • ARTG 473: Motion Graphics
  • 3

Students will go through the various stages of creating a title sequence for a film in this course as they create several projects including storyboards, animatics, and one full-motion sequence, learning to use the best technique that better serves the idea. A lab fee is required. Prerequisites: ARTG 361 or consent of instructor. This course is offered every spring semester.

  • ARTG 482: Web Design II
  • 3

This course will explore Flash as a web design solution, focusing on the use of vector-based multimedia interactivity and the use of animation, sound, and video in website development. Prerequisite: ARTG 472.

  • Choose one of the following courses:
  • ART 351: Printmaking I
  • 3

This course will provide an introduction to printmaking media with an emphasis on experimentation through techniques such as the monoprint, relief, and silkscreen. Prerequisites: ART 200 and ART 201 or consent of the instructor. This class is offered alternate years in the fall semester.

  • 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 Adobe Premiere and Adobe After Effects. Prerequisites: ARTG 271 and ART 301 or consent of instructor. Offered alternate years.

  • ARTG 481: Digital Photography
  • 3

This course will provide students with an introduction to visual concepts, basic image capture, and camera functions with digital cameras, including software basics for photographic imaging and digital printing. A lab fee is required. This course is offered every fall semester.

  • ARTG 490: Internship: Graphic Art
  • 3

This course is an intense, practical, full- or part-time experience outside the classroom that is an integral part of a professional program, contributing significantly to the student's preparation for entrance into a profession. Approximately forty (40) contact hours are required for each unit of credit. Each department may limit the maximum number of internship credit. A lab fee may be required for some courses.

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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