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Description of the Program

Graphic Design

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Program Guide


Bachelor of Science

Visit La Roche College Design Division WebsiteThe Graphic Design Program prepares students for exciting careers in visual communication: graphic design, advertising, illustration, photography, typography, packaging, publication and multimedia. Grounded in the foundation principals and elements of design, the curriculum prepares students to meet the technological challenges of this fast-paced career through experiences in design software such as: the Adobe Creative Suite 3 (including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator), Flash, Dreamweaver, Final Cut and Quicktime Pro. The first two academic years, known as the Foundation Program, culminate with the Mid-Collegiate Review process (see below). The student then moves into the Professional Program, which emphasizes presentation opportunities, internships, team problem solving and professional portfolio development.

Mid-Collegiate Review
Prior to enrolling in upper level design courses, transfer students and students who have reached the mid-point (second semester of the sophomore year) in the Graphic Design Program, must pass a Mid-Collegiate Review. In an interview with the student, the faculty will assess the student's work from all foundation courses along with the student's motivation and attitude, presentation skills, career goals and academic record. The criteria for the review is fully outlined prior to the meeting, and the student will receive a written evaluation following the interview. As a result of the review process, the faculty will recommend that the student either: (1) continue in the Graphic Design Program, (2) continue in the program with recommendations (e.g. attend summer classes or complete individualized assignments), (3) continue in the program with requirements (e.g. take specified courses or attend summer classes), or (4) change majors before the next academic term. It will be the professional consensus of the faculty, and not simply individual grades, that will determine whether or not a student will be allowed to continue in the program.

To complete the Graphic Design Program successfully, the following coursework is required:

  • 63 credits of Graphic Design Major Requirements
  • 15 credits of Graphic Design Major Electives
  • 12 credits of Art History Requirements
  • 34 credits of CORE Curriculum courses
  • successful completion of Mid-Collegiate Review

A minimum of 124 credits is required for graduation, the last 30 of which must be earned at La Roche.

Academic Standards
Students must earn a grade of "C" or above in all Graphic Design major requirements to fulfill prerequisites and degree requirements. Grades below a "C", including "C-", will affect participation in portfolio reviews and advancement in the curriculum.

Course Rotation
Graphic Design courses are offered sequentially during the academic year and the summer as enrollment permits. Courses are also offered in the evening. Note: students will be unable to complete the program without taking courses during the day.

Internship Requirement
All students are required to complete a 3-credit internship during their junior or senior year.

Transfer Policy
Transfer students apply through the Office of Adult Education and Graduate Studies. Students applying with 12 or more credits of design-related coursework may be asked to present their work to a designated member of the Graphic Design faculty for evaluation and placement in the curriculum. Placement is determined by the content of transferred credits in comparison with courses in the La Roche Graphic Design Foundation Program. Incoming transfer students need to be aware that additional semesters may be needed in order to meet the requirements of the curriculum. Additionally, all transfer students must sit for and pass the Mid-Collegiate Review before enrolling in upper-level design courses.

Graphic Design Major Requirements: 63 credits

GCDN1023 Drawing I
GCDN1060 Foundation Design I
GCDN1062 Foundation Design II
GCDN1070 Computer Graphics I
GCDN1071 Computer Graphics II
GCDN2008 Digital Publishing
GCDN2010 Graphic Design Methodologies
GCDN2012 Typography I
GCDN2016 Digital Photography
GCDN2021 Graphic Design I
GCDN2029 Interactive I
GCDN3022 Typography II
GCDN3026 Digital Prepress & Printing
GCDN3031 Graphic Design II
GCDN3041 Graphic Design III
GCDN3045 Interactive II
GCDN3046 Multimedia
GCDN4041 Senior Design Capstone
GCDN4051 Graphic Design Internship I
GCDN4055 Senior Design Seminar
GCDN4058 Portfolio Preparation
 

Major Electives: 15 credits

GCDN2038 Illustration
GCDN2040 Word and Image
GCDN2047 Photographic Lighting Techniques
GCDN3043 Package Design
GCDN3053 Wayfinding and Environmental Graphic Design
GCDN4050 Special Topics
GCDN4052 Graphic Design Internship II
MRKT3012 Buyer Behavior
MRKT4014 Marketing Strategy
 

Requirement Art History: 12 credits

ARTH1017 History of Art I: Prehistoric to Gothic
ARTH1018 History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern
ARTH2002 History of Graphic Design
ARTH3016 History of Film

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