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Graphic Design Specialization

The Graphic Design specialization provides conceptual, theoretical, and technical problem solving skills in the field of visual communication and prepares students to be creative, collaborative, and critical so that they can succeed in the competitive design profession. We approach the profession as an interdisciplinary, cross-media field that is rooted in the fine arts as they become creators and interpreters of the environment in which we live, students will develop their personal vision and cultivate a sense of social responsibility as designers who contribute to culture.  They will be able to perceive and adapt to changing cultural and technological demands and to the fast growing design profession. Students specialize in graphic design may choose explore the print and or digital media. The curriculum includes coursework in typography, image-making, theories and history, web and multimedia design, and research and portfolio development. Students are prepared for a wide range of employment opportunities in publishing, advertising, branding, and identity systems, packaging, information design, as well as design for the World Wide Web and other digital devices.

Specialization Requirements

(11 courses)

Graphic Design Required Core

(5 courses)

  • AAV 250/History of Graphic Design
  • AAV 251/Design Fundamentals
  • AAV 252/Typography
  • AAV 253/Conceptual Image
  • AAV 254/Web 1

Print Media Track Advanced Courses

(3 courses)

  • AAV 352/Advanced Typography
  • AAV 353/3-D Graphic Design
  • AAV 354/Identity

Digital Media Track Advanced Courses

(3 courses)

  • AAV 355/Web 2
  • AAV 356/Motion Graphics
  • AAV 352/Advanced Typography, AAV 353/3-D Graphic Design, or AAV 354/Identity

Capstone

(3 courses)

  • AAV 358/Theories & Practice in Graphic Design
  • AAV 458/Professional Practice in Graphic Design
  • AAV 495/Graphic Design Portfolio

 

Recommended Second-Year Program of Study: Graphic Design Specialization

First Semester

  • AAV 250/History of Graphic Design – 1 course unit
  • AAV 251/Design Fundamentals – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit

 

Second Semester

  • AAV 252/Typography – 1 course unit
  • AAV 254/Web 1 – 1 course unit
  • AAV 253/Conceptual Image – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Sophomore Review – 0 course unit

Total for Year: 8 course units
 

Recommended Third-Year Program of Study: Graphic Design Specialization, Print Media Track

First Semester

  • AAV 352/Advanced Typography, AAV 353/3-DGD, or AAV 354/Identity – 1 course unit
  • AAV 214/Printmaking I, or AAV 218/Book Arts – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit

Second Semester

  • AAV 352/Advanced Typography, AAV 353/3-DGD, or AAV 354/Identity – 1 course unit
  • AAV 358/Theories & Practice in Graphic Design – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit

Total for Year: 8 course units

 

Recommended Third-Year Program of Study: Graphic Design Specialization, Digital Media Track

First Semester

  • AAV 356/Motion Graphics – 1 course unit
  • AAV 214/Printmaking I or AAV 218/Book Arts – 1 course unit
  • Art History – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit

 

Second Semester

  • AAV 355/Web 2 – 1 course unit
  • AAV 358/Theories & Practice in Graphic Design – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit

Total for Year: 8 course units
 

Recommended Fourth-Year Program of Study: Graphic Design Specialization

First Semester

  • AAV 352/Advanced Typography, AAV 353/3-DGD, or AAV 354/Identity – 1 course unit
  • AAV 458/Professional Practice in Graphic Design – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit

 

Second Semester

  • AAV 495/Graphic Design Portfolio – 1 course unit
  • Internship or studio elective – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit
  • Elective/Liberal Learning/Courses in minor – 1 course unit

Total for Year: 8 course units

 

 

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