Degrees and Requirements

Graphic Design Minor

The Graphic Design Minor will provide an introduction to the practice of graphic design with an emphasis on fundamental design principles, essential software knowledge and critical design thinking skills.  Students will be introduced to the history, theory and application graphic design through various social and market-based contexts. 

Students will learn to use the design process to approach problems with an applied skillset of research, exploration, and conceptual prototyping skills.  The graphic design minor will emphasize coursework that promotes the thoughtful exploration and application of design thinking and principles. 

Core classes develop a functional understanding of image-making, knowledge of the history and functionality of letters, and layout and composition skills. 

Students choose to complete their minor with a focus in either print based media (sequence A) or Digital media (sequence B).  Interior Design students must complete the minor with sequence C.

REQUIREMENTS:  To successfully complete the Graphic Design Minor students will complete a minimum of 19 credits, and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the minor coursework. Laptop computer and Adobe Creative Suite Software, current version.

GENERAL RESTRICTIONS: Minors must be completed within the student’s graduation timeline.
Students may not major and minor in the same department (e.g., graphic design majors may not declare a graphic design minor).
 

Summary of Requirements

Minor Required Courses: 9 credits

  • GCDN1070
    COMPUTER GRAPHICS I |

    GCDN1070
    COMPUTER GRAPHICS I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will explore the theories and techniques presented in Foundation Design I, build upon that knowledge, and apply it to traditional graphic design projects. The course will be an introduction to raster image creation, manipulation and production using professional, industry-standard software. Students will use the computer as a tool to render and create original imagery. The projects will introduce students to the process and professional practice of graphic design.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • GCDN1071
    COMPUTER GRAPHICS II |

    GCDN1071
    COMPUTER GRAPHICS II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will explore the theories and techniques presented in Foundation Design II, build upon that knowledge, and apply it to traditional graphic design projects. The course will be an introduction to vector image creation, manipulation and production using professional, industry-standard software. Students will use the computer as a tool to render and create original imagery. The projects will introduce students to the process and professional practice of graphic design.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN1070

  • GCDN2012
    TYPOGRAPHY I |

    GCDN2012
    TYPOGRAPHY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces students to the basics of typography as the backbone of Graphic Design. By studying the anatomy of a letterform, typographic history, classifications, typeface recognition, hierarchy and terminology, students learn to organize typographic compositions and systems in order to communicate intellectual and expressive meaning. Students explore the typographic form through both hand-rendered and digital mediums using industry standard software.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN1060 & GCDN1062 & GCDN1070 & GCDN1071

Sequence A: Print-Based Media Focus: 10 credits, includes 1 credit Portfolio Review Course

  • GCDN2008
    DIGITAL PUBLISHING |

    GCDN2008
    DIGITAL PUBLISHING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The study of image and type layout, utilizing professional industry software. This course will focus on the integration of type and image through various page layout solutions and will build upon previous studies in image generation.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN1060 & GCDN1062 & GCDN1070 & GCDN1071

  • GCDN2010
    GRAPHIC DESIGN METHODOLOGIES |

    GCDN2010
    GRAPHIC DESIGN METHODOLOGIES |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will explore, define and analyze the thinking strategies utilized in the profession of graphic design. Creative exercises, brainstorming and ideation models, information gathering, research projects and collaborative work will help students to understand and practice the processes and problem-solving strategies by which intelligent design solutions are reached.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN1060 & GCDN1062 & GCDN1070 & GCDN1071

  • GCDN2021
    GRAPHIC DESIGN I |

    GCDN2021
    GRAPHIC DESIGN I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course investigates design principles and concepts, incorporating them into the foundations of graphic design. The student is introduced to the language and processes used to achieve effective graphic design. Through investigation of core graphic design principles, concept development, language and processes; students explore both formal and expressive techniques for successful and effective integration of image and type. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN1062 & GCDN1070 & GCDN2008 & GDCN2010 & GCDN2012

Sequence B: Digital Media Focus: 7 credits, includes 1 credit portfolio review course

  • GCDN2029
    INTERACTIVE I |

    GCDN2029
    INTERACTIVE I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Students will be introduced to design fundamentals and practices as they relate to digital mediums. This course will focus on HTML/CSS standards-based design. Students will learn to separate content (using Hypertext markup language) from appearance (using Cascading Style Sheets) in order to design effective communication that enhances the user experience. Importance will be placed on evolving technologies and languages, site compatibility on a variety of devices and browsers and effective design fundamentals for digital mediums.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN1070

  • GCDN3045
    INTERACTIVE II |

    GCDN3045
    INTERACTIVE II |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An in-depth study of multimedia design, theory and application for upper-level Graphic Design students. This course covers advanced web design using CMS(Content Management System), animation, interactivity, online advertising as well as an introduction of mobile application design. Class assignments may be related to Graphic Design II which will be taken concurrently during the first semester of the Junior year. The class will explore design theories pertaining to interactivity, animation, online advertising and layout that will be interrelated to producing final solutions.Prereq: Successful completion of Mid-Collegiate Review.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN2021

Sequence B: Minor Electives: 3 Credit - Choose one course:

  • GCDN2016
    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY |

    GCDN2016
    DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course will explore digital capture and handling of photographs enabling the student to master the technical aspects of digital image capture. Students will learn techniques for editing and enhancing photographs, become familiar with photography’s various roles: art form, journalism, advertising and will produce a portfolio of quality color and black and white prints from digital files. This course is for design majors only.|

    PREREQUISITES:

  • GCDN3046
    MULTIMEDIA |

    GCDN3046
    MULTIMEDIA |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is an advanced study of multimedia and video design, theory and application for upper level Design students. Taught primarily on a MAC platform, this course utilizes software for digital video production. Class assignments will be closely related to GCDN3041 Graphic Design III, which will be taken concurrently during the second semester of the Junior year. The courses will be interrelated in terms of theory as well as outcome assessment.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN3045

Sequence C: For Interior Design Majors: 10 credits, includes 1 credit portfolio review course

  • GCDN2008
    DIGITAL PUBLISHING |

    GCDN2008
    DIGITAL PUBLISHING |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The study of image and type layout, utilizing professional industry software. This course will focus on the integration of type and image through various page layout solutions and will build upon previous studies in image generation.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN1060 & GCDN1062 & GCDN1070 & GCDN1071

  • GCDN2012
    TYPOGRAPHY I |

    GCDN2012
    TYPOGRAPHY I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course introduces students to the basics of typography as the backbone of Graphic Design. By studying the anatomy of a letterform, typographic history, classifications, typeface recognition, hierarchy and terminology, students learn to organize typographic compositions and systems in order to communicate intellectual and expressive meaning. Students explore the typographic form through both hand-rendered and digital mediums using industry standard software.|

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN1060 & GCDN1062 & GCDN1070 & GCDN1071

  • GCDN2021
    GRAPHIC DESIGN I |

    GCDN2021
    GRAPHIC DESIGN I |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course investigates design principles and concepts, incorporating them into the foundations of graphic design. The student is introduced to the language and processes used to achieve effective graphic design. Through investigation of core graphic design principles, concept development, language and processes; students explore both formal and expressive techniques for successful and effective integration of image and type. |

    PREREQUISITES:

    GCDN1062 & GCDN1070 & GCDN2008 & GDCN2010 & GCDN2012