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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design Major (Bachelor of Fine Arts)

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Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 127

Sophomore - Credits: 35

  • Individual and Society General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Science and Technology General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Art Elective  (Cr: 3)

Junior - Credits: 30

  • Global Issues General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • World Cultures General Education Requirement   (Cr: 3)
  • Graphic Design Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Elective   (Cr: 3)

Senior - Credits: 30

  • Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement    (Cr: 3)
  • Graphic Design or Photography Elective   (Cr: 3)
  • General Education Electives    (Cr: 6)

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the graphic design program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse within the art fields.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction and distribution of visual messages. 
  • Demonstrate a strong handling of perceptual skills in drawing.
  • Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
  • Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.
  • Communicate effectively in written form within the conventions of the discipline.
  • Describe and respond to audiences and contexts, including recognition of physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions.
  • Create and develop a meaningful visual form using the principles of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, and aesthetics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of design history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives.
  • Clearly and concisely articulate design concepts, solutions and rationale.
  • Demonstrate willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, including tackling controversial topics.
  • Integrate creativity and vision in pursuing thought-provoking visual design concepts using typography, symbolic representation, and color.
  • Deconstruct concepts, applying and carrying them out in a sophisticated and unique visual solution.

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