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  • Graphic Design

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design enables students to achieve proficiency in the principles and practices utilized by professional designers and affiliated industries. Through the study of art theory, art history and historic and contemporary art, students gain knowledge of design genres and systems of thought. Emphasis is on development of the concepts and skills related to graphic design and the development of a personal artistic idiom. Students will learn to use research practices effectively and to discuss the development of their work in speech and in writing.

    Graphic Design major page

    Before Graduating Students Must

    • Pass a particular test, a final project, a term paper and/or a portfolio, as determined by a particular major.
    • Pass a senior-level capstone course that includes a portfolio exhibition of the student’s work, evaluated by appropriate faculty.
    • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

    Students in the Major will Learn to

    Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

    1. Design visual form in response to communication problems.
    2. Exhibit principles of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics and the construction of meaningful images.
    3. Exhibit appropriate use tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction and distribution of visual messages.
    4. Exhibit the ability to describe and respond to the audiences and contexts which communication solutions must address, including recognition of the physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions.
    5. Produce solutions to communication problems, including the skills of problem identification, research and information gathering, analysis, generation of alternative solutions, prototyping and evaluation of outcomes.
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    Curriculum Map

    I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

    Courses Content Critical Thinking Communication

    SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5
    ARH 3XXX or ARH 4XXX     I    
    ART 1803C     I    
    ART 2701C or ART 2757C     I    
    ART 3XXXC or ART 4XXXC     I    
    GRA 2111C I I I I I
    GRA 2208C I I I I I
    GRA 3193C R R R R R
    GRA 3194C R R R R R
    GRA 3198C R R R R R
    GRA 3209C R R R R R
    GRA 4186C R R R R R
    GRA 4187C R R R R R
    GRA 4196C R R R R R
    GRA 4197C R R R R R
    GRA 4953C A A A A A
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    Assessment Types

    • Portfolio
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alc: graphic-design