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The design program is ideal for students interested in becoming graphic designers, front-end web designers, art directors, freelance designers, or designers within larger marketing and business structures.

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design
  • Minor in Graphic Design
See also: Students learn the skills, technologies and techniques to advance in the field as well as the conceptual and research processes that make design competitive and effective in today’s market.

Additionally, students have flexibility within the program to customize individualized educational experiences by taking advantage of cross-disciplinary opportunities including minors in other areas.
  • Sample 4-Year Plan for Graphic Design Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 ART 203
    MTH 121
    Required elective
    ART 101 PHL
    HST Social/Behavioral Science
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ART 279A THL
    ART 262 ART 151
    ART 150 Foreign Language 111
    DSN 112 Elective
    Foreign Language 110
    Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379 Required Elective
    ART 325
    Required Elective
    Required Elective
    Natural Science
    THL Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ART 479 ART 498
    Required Elective
    Social/Behavioral Science
    LIT
    Elective
    PHL 320
    Elective
    Elective
    Elective
    Required Electives

    Choose 15 credits from the following:
    • ART 116, ART 140, ART 156, ART 210, ART 215, ART 220, ART 270, ART 312, ART 320, ART 348H, ART 485, DSN 207
    Faculty Advisors should help students pick Emphasis Electives and Minors based on career path. Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.A. in Graphic Design
    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in addition to the major requirements listed below. 
    Courses Credits
    ART 101 Academic Drawing 3*
    ART 150 History of Western Art I 3*
    ART 151 History of Western Art II 3*
    ART 203 Observational Drawing 3*
    ART 262 Color Theory & Production 3*
    ART 325 Contemporary Art 3*
    DSN 112 Foundations in Design 3*
    DSN 204 Typography 3*
    DSN 207 Design I: Layout 3*
    DSN 331 Design II: Branding, Identity & Ad Campaign 3*
    DSN 333 Production for Graphic Design 3*
    DSN 380 Design III: Interactivity & Web 3*
    DSN 479 CORE: The Role of the Designer in Contemporary Society 3*
    DSN 480 Design IV: Strategies for Social Impact 3*
    DSN 498 Senior Exhibition 3*
    Suggested Correlatives

    Courses
    ART 279A CORE: Art and the Global Community 3
    PHL 320 Philosophy of Art 3
    Total Credits Required 45
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA
  • Minor in Graphic Design
    Courses Credits
    DSN 112 Foundations in Design 3
    DSN 204 Typography 3
    DSN 207 Design I: Layout 3
    DSN 331 Design II: Branding, Identity & Ad Campaign 3
    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    ART 116 Introduction to Photography 3
    ART 262 Color Theory & Production 3
    ART 325 Contemporary Art 3
    DSN 333 Production for Graphic Design 3
    DSN 380 Design III: Interactivity &Web 3
    Total Credits Required 15