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Graphic Design Communication Major

Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design Communication must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Specific requirements of the program are outlined below. In addition, majors must complete sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives taken outside the major toward a minor or a second major.

There are twelve courses in the graphic design communication major. Eight of the requirements are studio courses in graphic design, which are hands-on courses taught in the graphic design communication lab. A lecture course on the history of graphic design, one internship, and a two- course sequence in one of the following areas is also required: anthropology, communication, computer information systems, or marketing. Graduating seniors display their work in the Senior Graphic Design Exhibition as part; of the Portfolio course (DSGN 450) to complete the major.

Required levels of academic achievement include a B average in all required graphic design courses.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Core Courses:
DSGN 100 Introduction to Graphic Design Communication
DSGN 110 Introduction to Typography
DSGN 200 History of Design Communication
DSGN 210 Advanced Design Communication
DSGN 440 Art Direction
DSGN 450 Portfolio
COOP 460 Internship

Graphic Design Electives
Choose three of the following:
DSGN 300 Web Design Communication
DSGN 310 Brand Identity
DSGN 320 Publication Design
DSGN 430 Special Topics in Graphic Design

Area Electives
Choose one of the two-course sequences below:

Computer Information Systems
CIS 206 Computers and the Web: A First Course
CIS 306 Computers and the Web: A Second Course

Marketing
MRKT 200 Principles of Marketing
And any 300-level marketing elective

Communication and Media Studies
COMM 101 Introduction to Mass Media
COMM 165 Introduction to Visual Communication

Anthropology
ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
And any 200-level or above anthropology elective

The Graphic Design Communication Minor

DSGN 100 Introduction to Graphic Design Communication
DSGN 110 Introduction to Typography
DSGN 200 History of Design Communication
ANTH 100 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

And two courses chosen from:
DSGN 210 Advanced Design Communication
DSGN 300 Web Design Communication
DSGN 310 Brand Identity
DSGN 320 Publication Design
DSGN 430 Special Topics in Graphic Design

Sample Program of Study (includes Spring study abroad or Washington DC internship semester)

1st Year – Fall
DSGN 100 Graphic Design
CORE 1xx
MATH 124 Basic Statistics
WTNG 100 Intro to Academic Writing
Elective

Spring
DSGN 110 Intro to Typography
DSGN 200  History of Graphic Design
CORE 1xx
WTNG 102 Expository Writing
Elective

2nd Year – Fall
DSGN 210 Advanced Graphic Design
Secondary Design Concentration (1)
CORE 1xx
CORE 1xx
Elective or Core Concentration (1)

Spring
DSGN Upper Level Elective
Secondary Design Concentration
CORE 1xx
WTNG 2xx or higher
Elective or Core Concentration (2)

3rd Year – Fall
DSGN Upper Level Elective
DSGN Upper Level Elective
Core Concentration (3)
Core Concentration (4)
Free Elective

Spring
Study Abroad
or
Washington DC semester long Internship
(15 credits minimum)

4th Year – Fall
DSGN 440 Art Direction
Core Concentration (5)
COOP 460 Internship
Minor Elective
Free Elective

Spring
DSGN 450 Portfolio
COOP 460 Internship
Minor elective
Free Elective
Free Elective