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Graphic Design Program of Study


The graphic design program offers individualized instruction and hands-on learning opportunities that allow students to mature artistically and become skilled visual storytellers. The program’s curriculum provides a solid understanding of traditional design concepts, current computer skills, typography, corporate branding, and advertising strategy, which prepares students to create effective print and interactive design projects that impact their audience in a powerful and memorable way.

Major in Graphic Design
Students majoring in graphic design are required to complete 61-63 credit hours, which include 27 hours of core arts curriculum and 34-36 hours of courses focused on subjects including design concepts, typography and portfolio development. All majors are strongly encouraged to complete an internship.

Minor in Graphic Design
The graphic design minor provides the skill set needed in visual communication and the tools to contribute and work with information/marketing campaigns and creative professionals. Areas of study within the minor may include corporate design/branding, editorial design, advertising, book design, package design, digital media packaging, wayfinding/information design, and web design. Students minoring in graphic design are required to complete 21 credit hours.


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Undergraduate course catalogue »


Graphic Design Major - 61-63 credit hoursCore Curriculum - 27 hours
ART - 101: Drawing I (3 cr.)
ART - 110: 2D Design Concepts, Color and Composition (3 cr.)
ART - 111: 3D Design Concepts and Structure (3 cr.)
ART - 180: Computer Literacy for Design (3 cr.)
ART - 201: Drawing II (3 cr.)
ART - 221: Survey Western Art: Ancient-Early Renaissance (3 cr.)
ART - 222: Survey Western Art: High Renaissance-Modern (3 cr.)
ART - 324: Topics in Modern Art History (3 cr.)
ART - 382: Art Ethics Seminar (3 cr.)

Required Majors CoursesART - 131: Digital Photography I (3 cr.)
ART - 242: Graphic Design and Typography (3 cr.)
ART - 344: Advanced Graphic Design (3 cr.)
ART - 345: Advanced Typography (3 cr.)
ART - 360: Interactive Design (3 cr.)
ART - 400: Circus Design Studio at Meredith (3 cr.)
or
ART - 930: Community Internship (1 cr.)
ART - 444: Special Topics in Graphic Design (3 cr.)
ART - 460: Advanced Interactive Design (3 cr.)
ART - 490: Senior Project in Graphic Design (3 cr.)
or
ART - 498: Honors Thesis in Art (3 cr.)
ART - 491: Professional Practices and Portfolio Development in Graphic Design (3 cr.)

Electives - 6 credit hours chosen from the following:ART - 160: Ceramics I (3 cr.)
ART - 170: The Art and Culture of Weaving (3 cr.)
ART - 210: Painting I (3 cr.)
ART - 230: Digital Photography II (3 cr.)
ART - 248: Illustration (3 cr.)
ART - 251: Printmaking I (3 cr.)
ART - 270: Fibers (3 cr.)
ART - 280: Topics in Art and Architecture (3 cr.)
ART - 299: Introduction to Research in Art (1, 3 cr.)
ART - 310: Painting II (3 cr.)
ART - 323: Topics in Art History (3 cr.)
ART - 330: Topics in Photography (3 cr.)
ART - 351: Printmaking II (3 cr.)
ART - 365: Sculpture (3 cr.)
ART - 370: Fibers II (3 cr.)
ART - 400: Circus Design Studio at Meredith (3 cr.)
ART - 405: Colton Review (3 cr.)
ART - 480: Digital Photography III (3 cr.)
ART - 495: Portfolio Photography (1 cr.)
ART - 497: Senior Exhibition (3 cr.)
ART - 499: Junior & Senior Research in Art (0, varied course cr.)
ART - 920: Directed Individual Study (1 cr.)
ART - 930: Community Internship (1 cr.)

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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