Graphic Design B.A. Program Requirements

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. All students must also fulfill Liberal Arts Core and University requirements, and some of the following courses may also fulfill those requirements.

Required of all majors (46 credits)

  • ART 105 Drawing I (3)
  • VIS 101 User Centered Design (3)  
  • VIS 111 Intro to Color and Design (3)
  • VIS 121 Intro to Digital Tools (3) 
  • GMD 200 Digital Publishing (3)    
  • GMD 202 Illustration I (3)    
  • GMD 203 Digital Photography (3)  
  • GMD 205 Video Production: Promotional (3)  
  • GMD 231 Intro to UX/UI Design (3)  
  • GMD 255 Typography (3)  
  • GMD 301 History of Graphic Design (3)  
  • GMD 305 Publication Design (3)  
  • GMD 308 Web and Social Media Design (3)  
  • GMD 360 OR GMD 360SL Comm./Design Stu. (3)
  • GMD 400 OR GMD 400SL Internship (3)
  • GMD 405 Portfolio (1)

Writing and Presentation Requirement (6 credits)

  • COMM 209 Contemporary Journalism (DSINQ) (WI)
  • COMM 302 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques (3)
  • COMM 307 Broadcast Writing and Delivery (3)
  • COMM 315 Writing for Digital Media (3) (WI)
  • EN 235 Digital Narrative Storytelling (Lt-1, DSINQ)

Minors & Electives

It is recommended that all Graphic and Media Design majors complete a minor. Recommended minors include UX/UI Web Design, Communication, Information Technology, Marketing, and Studio Art.

Graphic and Media Design Minor Requirements

  • VIS 121 Intro to Digital Tools (3)
  • GMD 200 Digital Publishing (3)
  • GMD 255 Typography (3)
  • GMD 202 Illustration (3) or GMD 203 Digital Photography (3) or GMD 205 Video Production: Promotional and Informational Communication (3)
  • 6 additional credits in Graphic and Media Design courses at the 300 or 400 level.

UX/UI Web Design Minor Requirements

  • GMD 231 Intro to UX/UI Design
  • IT 125 Web Development or IT 129 Python Scripting (choose one, 3 credits)
  • GMD 308 Web & Social Media Design
  • IT 345 Human Computer Interaction
  • GMD 332 UX/UI Design Project
  • GMD 308 Web & Social Media Design
    • IT 225 Advanced Web Development (prereq: IT 125 or IT 130)
    • IT 227 Mobile App Development (prereq: IT 125 or IT 130)
    • IT 229 Advanced Python Applications (prereq: IT 129)
    • IT 230 Advanced Java ProgrammingChoose one course from the following (3 credits):
    • IT 310 Database Technology

Illustration Minor

  • FA 105 Drawing I
  • FA 205 Drawing II or FA 209 Figure Drawing
  • VIS 111 Intro to Color and Design or FA 213 Painting
  • GMD 202 Illustration I

Three courses (9 credits) from the following:

  • FA 205 Drawing II
  • FA 209 Figure Drawing
  • FA 211 Printmaking
  • FA 213 Painting
  • FA 395 Advanced 2D Studio
  • FA 422 Senior Project
  • GMD 303 Illustration II
  • VIS 111 Intro to Color and Design