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2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Visual Communications Major/Graphic Design Concentration (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

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Graphic designers bring order and clarity to the myriad graphic messages that saturate every aspect of daily life. In a world increasingly influenced by interactive media and time-based messaging, graphic designers have evolved from being makers of static ephemera. Designers today are collaborative and multidisciplinary information strategists, whose work involves effectively communicating complex messages and understanding the many ways in which those messages are received by audiences over time.

In the Graphic Design curriculum, courses build in sequence so that students become thoroughly versed in the design process from concept to finished piece. Students develop a growing body of knowledge and expertise in research, conceptualization, composition and layout, typography, and image creation, learning more advanced methods and techniques as the course sequence continues. Students develop their visual and conceptual acuity through traditional forms, such as print media, as well as through animation, video, web and multimedia, developing both digital and traditional hand-skills.


Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 128

Sophomore - Credits: 35

  • Art Elective    (Cr: 3)
  • Math Core Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Science Core Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Social Science Core Requirements    (Cr: 6)

Junior - Credits: 30

  • Arts and Humanities Core Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Core Elective    (Cr: 3)
  • Math or Science Core Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Upper Level Art History    (Cr: 3)
  • Visual Communications Electives    (Cr: 6)

Senior - Credits: 30

  • Core Electives    (Cr: 6)
  • Social Science Core Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Visual Communications or Photography Elective   (Cr: 3)

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