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Graphic Design Curriculum

The B.F.A. degree does not have a freshman entrance portfolio review for admission. Intended students in the graphic design program are expected to successfully complete the studio art foundations coursework during the first year of study. In their second year, intended students will begin the required sequence of courses in the graphic design program. Prior to students' application for admission into the Graphic Design major, they must first successfully complete required foundational art studio and graphic design coursework with a minimum grade of C. Students must register for and pass GDES 370: Graphic Design Continuance Review in order to be admitted into the graphic design major. Enrollment in the upper division of the graphic design major is limited, and completion of the foundational art studio and graphic design courses does not guarantee acceptance. Due to the sequence of the required graphic design coursework, accepted students are admitted to the major only in the Fall semester.

Transfer students must demonstrate equivalent preparation at another institution to receive credit for the studio art foundations courses. In order to receive credit for GDES 280: Introduction to Graphic Design, transfer students must submit a portfolio for review by the graphic design faculty. Upon successful completion of the studio art foundations and graphic design second year requirements, transfer students must register for and pass GDES 370: Graphic Design Continuance Review for admission into the graphic design major.

Students should develop course plans that follow the Curriculum Sequence Form with the understanding that graphic design and most studio art courses are not offered during the Summer. Continuance in the graphic design major requires a grade of C or better in all prerequisite courses and requirements in the graphic design sequence. A final course grade of C- or lower requires the student to repeat the course in order to advance in the major.


Required Graphic Design Courses

(22 Credit Hours Total)

Click on the courses below to see prerequisites and course offerings. These courses are sequential and must be taken in order.

GDES 280: INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC DESIGN

Prerequisites

  • ARTS 202: Two Dimensional Design + Color Theory
  • ARTS 231: Drawing I (Fundamentals of Drawing)

Pre- or corequisite

  • ARTS 279: Digital Basics

Course Offering

  • Fall semesters only

GDES 365: BASIC TYPOGRAPHY

Prerequisite

  • GDES 280: Introduction to Graphic Design

Corequisite

  • GDES 370: Graphic Design Continuance Review

Course Offering

  • Spring semesters only

GDES 370: GD CONTINUANCE REVIEW

Prerequisite

  • GDES 280: Introduction to Graphic Design

Corequisite

  • GDES 365: Basic Typography

Course Offering

  • Spring semesters only

Note: Students must pass this course to be admitted into the graphic design program.

GDES 371: DESIGN CONCEPTS

Prerequisites

  • GDES 365: Basic Typography
  • GDES 370: Graphic Design Continuance Review

Corequisite

  • GDES 372: Advanced Typography

Course Offering

  • Fall semesters only

Note: Students must pass GDES 370 in order to enroll in this course.

GDES 372: ADVANCED TYPOGRAPHY

Prerequisites

  • GDES 365: Basic Typography
  • GDES 370: Graphic Design Continuance Review

Corequisite

  • GDES 371: Design Concepts

Course Offering

  • Fall semesters only

Note: Students must pass GDES 370 in order to enroll in this course.

GDES 373: DESIGN SYSTEMS

Prerequisite

  • GDES 371: Design Concepts
  • GDES 372: Advanced Typography

Course Offering

  • Spring semesters only

GDES 490: DESIGN SEMINAR

Prerequisite

  • GDES 373: Design Systems

Course Offering

  • Fall semesters only

GDES 491: DESIGN CAPSTONE

Prerequisite

  • GDES 490: Design Seminar

Course Offering

  • Spring semesters only


Graphic Design Elective Courses

(12 Credit Hours Total)

LIST OF ELECTIVES

  • GDES 368: Internship*
  • GDES 374: Web Design
  • GDES 375: Poster Design
  • GDES 376: Typographic Design
  • GDES 377: Illustrative Design
  • GDES 378: Brand Identity
  • GDES 379: Environmental Graphics
  • GDES 380: Art Direction
  • GDES 381: Interactive Design
  • GDES 472: Package Design
  • GDES 473: Book Design
  • GDES 474: Motion Graphics
  • GDES 475: Editorial Design
  • GDES 476: Letterpress Design
  • GDES 395: Topics in Graphic Design*

Elective offerings change every year. The listed courses above are not offered every semester. Consult a graphic design faculty member during preregistration advising for questions regarding upcoming design electives. For elective prerequisite information, visit the university undergraduate catalog or consult instructional faculty.

* Permission of faculty of record required.



4-Year Curriculum Plan

The Graphic Design curriculum is sequential; required graphic design courses must be taken in the order listed below. Students seeking to complete their entire course of study in four years must follow the sequence of graphic design coursework listed below. The Suggested Curriculum Sequence Form contains a semester by semester breakdown of the full sequence of required coursework for the B.F.A. degree. The sequence form and the Curriculum Checklist are intended to be used along with preregistration advising appointments. To see a full list of course descriptions, which includes prerequisites, visit the Art Department undergraduate catalog page.


FIRST YEAR: FRESHMAN

Fall and Spring Semesters

  • ARTS 202: Two Dimensional Design + Color Theory
  • ARTS 231: Drawing I (Fundamentals of Drawing)
  • ARTS 279: Digital Basics

Note: The courses listed above are prerequisites to GDES 280: Introduction to Graphic Design. These courses may be taken in any order or grouping across the Fall and Spring semesters.


SECOND YEAR: SOPHOMORE

Fall Semester

  • GDES 280: Introduction to Graphic Design

Spring Semester

  • GDES 365: Basic Typography
  • GDES 370: Graphic Design Continuance Review

Note: Students must pass GDES 370 in order to advance to GDES 371 and GDES 372.


THIRD YEAR: JUNIOR

Fall Semester

  • GDES 371: Design Concepts
  • GDES 372: Advanced Typography

Spring Semester

  • GDES 373: Design Systems

FORTH YEAR: SENIOR

Fall Semester

  • GDES 490: Design Seminar

Spring Semester

  • GDES 491: Design Capstone


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