Department of Arts and Graphic Design


Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Graphic Design Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the AUK major in Graphic Design, the student will be able to:
  • Articulate the connection between type and image by cultivating design history, theory, methodology, and cultural and aesthetic sensibilities.
  • Identify communication problems thorough research, critical thinking and analysis, and question predetermined solutions.
  • Develop and implement a range of design technologies and strategies through the understanding of current software and new media.
  • Cultivate effective communication and presentation skills through rhetorical and written proficiency.
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, ethical values, and the ability to design for a diverse and global audience.
  • Develop a portfolio, with accompanying thesis and design rational, that reflects design methodologies necessary to produce a body of work suitable for professional expectations.

Admission To The Program:

  • Students wishing to major in Graphic Design should apply for major declaration by the end of their sophomore year.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Grade of “C” or better in ENGL 101.
  • Grade of “C” or better in any Art or Art History course attempted.

University Degree Requirements (124 credit hours)

To receive a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, students must complete at least 124 credit hours. In addition, students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of upper-level courses (300-level and above) at AUK of which at least 18 credits hours need to be taken in the major.

General Education Requirements (49 credit hours), composed of:

o GDES Prerequisites (two of the following courses ART 101, ART 121 and ART 115 may be applied to the Humanities General Education requirement, the remaining three courses (9 credits) must be taken as GDES prerequisites).

ART 101 GDES 110
ART 121            GDES/ART 115
ART 102            GDES 102
ART 122  

• GDES Core Courses (33 credit hours)
• GDES Elective (12 credit hours)
• GDES Related Electives (6 credit hours)
• Free Electives (15 credit hours)
• A grade "C" or better in all courses required for the major.

GDES Major Requirements (60 credit hours), composed of:

• Graphic Design Program Prerequisites (9)
• Graphic Design Core Courses (33)
• Graphic Design Electives (12)
• Graphic Design Related Field Electives (6)

Free Electives (15)

A grade of "C" or higher in all courses required for the Major.

Graphic Design Program Prerequisites (9 credit hours)

ART 101

Art History I

(3)[H]

ART 121

Drawing I

(3)[H]

GDES 102

Creative Visualization

(3)

GDES 110

Digital Foundations

(3)

GDES 115

Color Theory

(3)


Graphic Design Core Requirements (33 credit hours)

ART 122

3D Design

(3)

ART 102

Art History II

(3)

GDES 220

Graphic Design I

(3)

GDES 221

Typography I

(3)

GDES 320

Graphic Design II

(3)

GDES 321

Typography II

(3)

GDES 330

Print Production

(3)

GDES 420

Graphic Design III

(3)

GDES 421

Typography III

(3)

GDES 470

Internship in Graphic Design

(3)

GDES 490

Capstone

(3)


*Note: The student is limited to a maximum of 6 credit hours of internship. A maximum of 3 credit hours (taken in increments of 1, 2, or 3 credit hours) may be applied toward any one Major, if the Major requires an internship. If a student takes an additional 1-3 credit hours of internship, those credits may be counted towards a student's second Major, Minor, or as free electives. For the duration of the semester, students should work approximately 2.5 hours per week for each academic credit hour.

Graphic Design Electives (12 credit hours)

GDES204

Digital Photography

(3)

GDES 208

Film Production I

(3)

GDES 242

Digital Imaging I

(3)

GDES 315

History of Design

(3)

GDES 337

Environmental Design

(3)

GDES 342

Digital Imaging II

(3)

GDES 351

Web Design

(3)

GDES 369

Short Course

(3)

GDES 388

Independent Study

(3)

GDES 389

Special Topics

(3)

GDES 404

Professional Practice

(3)

GDES 452

3D Modeling & Animation

(3)

GDES 453

Motion Graphics

(3)



Graphic Design Related Field Electives (6 credit hours)
Students must select 2 courses (6 credit hours), in consultation with their Academic Advisor, from the following designations: ART, COMM, and SBSA.

Free Electives (15 credit hours)
Students must take 5 courses (15 credit hours) among other disciplines (fields of study) in consultation with their Academic Advisor.

NOTE: Information on internship assessment for internships offered by the Division of Arts and Humanities is also located at the end of the “Division of Arts and Humanities” section of the Catalog.

Graphic Design 2013-2014  4 Year Plan*

Check course listings for prerequisites and restrictions

Year 1

Semester-1

 

Prefix

Number

 Title

ENGL

101

Approaches to Critical Reading and Writing

ART

101

Art History I

GDES

102

Creative Visualization

GDES

110

Digital Foundations

General

 

General Education Requirement

Year 1

Semester-2

 

Prefix

Number

 Title

ENGL

102

Writing and Information Literacy

ENGL

108

Public Speaking

GDES

115

Color Theory

ART

121

Drawing I

ART

105

Art History II

Year 2

Semester-1

 

Prefix

Number

 Title

GDES

220

World Literatures in Translation I

GDES

221

Typography I

ART

122

3D Design

General

 

General Education Requirement

General

 

General Education Requirement

Year 2

Semester-2

 

Prefix

Number

 Title

GDES

 

Graphic Design Elective

GDES

 

Graphic Design Elective

Related

 

Graphic Design Related Field Elective

General

 

General Education Requirement

General

 

General Education Requirement

Year 3

Semester-1

 

Prefix

Number

 Title

GDES

320

Graphic Design II

GDES

321

Typography II

GDES

 

Upper Level Graphic Design Elective

General

 

General Education Requirement

General

 

General Education Requirement

Year 3

Semester-2

 

Prefix

Number

 Title

GDES

421

Typography III

GDES

330

Print Production

GDES

 

Upper Level Graphic Design Elective

General

 

General Education Requirement

General

 

General Education Requirement

Year 4

Semester-1

 

Prefix

Number

 Title

GDES

420

Graphic Design III

GDES

470

Internship in Graphic Design*

Related

 

Graphic Design Related Field Elective

Free

 

Upper Level Free Elective

Free

 

Upper Level Free Elective

Year 4

Semester-2

 

Prefix

Number

 Title

GDES

490

Capstone

GDES

 

Upper Level Graphic Design Elective

Free

 

Upper Level Free Elective

Free

 

Upper Level Free Elective

Free

 

Free Elective

*The Graphic Design Program recommends that Majors take GDES 470 Internship in Graphic Design over the Summer, between their Junior and Senior year at AUK.