Graphic Design Minor
In today's world, we are literally surrounded by graphic design, from billboards to soda cans, from social media posts to political ads. The graphic designer develops engaging material that communicates a pointed message and persuades an audience. The form of the communication can be physical or virtual, and may include images, words, or graphic forms. The work can happen at any scale, from the design of a single postage stamp to a national postal signage system. It can also be for any purpose, whether commercial, educational, cultural, or political. However you define it, graphic design is ubiquitous.
The interdisciplinary minor in Graphic Design asks students to learn, reflect, and act as designers, preparing students for work in the increasingly complex role of design in virtually all facets of business, in both for-profit and not-for-profit fields. The minor complements students’ other fields of study, with the concepts, theories and competencies of design.
Part of being a graphic designer is using Adobe digital graphics software, which is upgraded frequently. Hence, designers also must keep up with the changes in the software. The graphic design courses feature a few software tutorials, but students are expected to train themselves in the digital graphics software. Numerous tutorials for the Adobe software are available through Lynda.com.
Goals and Learning Outcomes
Students seeking a minor in Graphic Design demonstrate proficiency in design principles, design process, theory, history and contemporary design practice. Students develop an understanding of design process and problem solving methods and explore the effect graphic design has upon the human environment from social responsibility, sustainability and interdisciplinary perspectives. Students demonstrate proficiency in identified technical skills, understand and apply basic principles in the process of creating, analyzing, and evaluating graphic design solutions in relation to specific end uses and consumer needs. Students demonstrate proficiency in research, writing, communication and presentation skills.
Graphic Design students demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:
- Acquire, articulate, and apply specialized terminology and knowledge relevant to graphic design including relationships to other disciplines and to contemporary global issues.
- Assess, predict, and articulate the influence and importance of graphic design issues within the human environment from social responsibility, sustainability and interdisciplinary perspectives.
- Acquire and demonstrate competency in technical skills applicable to graphic design.
- Demonstrate the ability to use design thinking strategies in an iterative design process.
- Demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and develop probable solutions.
The Graphic Design minor prepares students for a range of post-graduate opportunities, including in the non-profit sector and graduate school.
For an 18-credit minor in graphic design, students complete the following:
|Select two classes from the following that focus on learning to see and analyze visual art:||6|
Art History Options
|Origins and Transformations in Western Art|
|Visual Culture Since 1400: Expression and Experimentation|
|Art of Africa, the Caribbean, and the Americas|
|Art of Asia|
|History of Architecture|
|Art of East Asia|
|Jewish Art: Moses to Modernity|
|Greek Art and Archaeology|
|Etruscan and Roman Art and Archaeology|
|Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt: Images for Eternity|
|Medieval Art of Western Europe|
|Celtic and Early Irish Art|
|Early Renaissance Art in Italy|
|American Art and Media Culture|
|The Black Experience: African-American Art and Criticism in the 20th and 21st Centuries|
|History of Photography|
|Art and Mythologies of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, Bolshevik Russia: Comparative Systems & Outcomes|
|Mass Media and Society|
Film/Television History Options
|American Cinema: History and Analysis|
|American Television: History and Analysis|
|American Film: Decades (Shell)|
|Film Genres (Shell)|
|Filmmaker Studies (Shell)|
|African American Cinema|
|Select two classes from the following that focus on making art, keeping a sketchbook, and visual composition:||6|
Studio Art Options
|Introduction to Sculpture|
|Introduction to Drawing|
|Introduction to Figure Drawing|
|Introduction to Printmaking|
|Introduction to Painting|
|Introduction to 2-D Design|
|Experiments in Drawing|
|Introduction to Digital Tools in Art Making|
|Sculpture: Construction and Subtraction|
|Alternative Processes Photography|
|Artist Book Construction|
|Motion and Time-Based Art|
|From Drawing to Painting|
|Advanced Projects Seminar|
|Select two classes that focus on graphic design. Students may only enroll in these courses after they have completed the requirements above:||6|
|Graphic Design I: Making Meaning|
|Graphic Design II: Clients and Collaboration|