DEPARTMENT OF ART AND GRAPHIC DESIGN


Mission Statement

The Art and Graphic Design Department degree program offers a balance of theory and practice in the art and science of visual communication. The program cultivates cultural and aesthetic sensibilities while emphasizing critical thinking, analysis and problem-solving through the teaching of design history, methodology and technologies in order to produce designers capable of producing meaningful designs in a diverse global community.

Values

The Art and Graphic Design Department actively seeks to keep on the cutting edge of the profession in theory, technology and practice in order to cultivate effective global communication skills and active thinkers. We value integrity, academic freedom, creative diversity and professional excellence. We are committed to inspiring life-long learners who value a knowledge-based economy and will contribute to their local communities.

Vision

The Art and Graphic Design Department will be recognized as a leader in design education in the region with regard to innovation, rigor, design excellence, cutting-edge technology, advanced resources, and a talented and dedicated faculty and staff.

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design


Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the AUK major in Graphic Design, the student will be able to:

    1. Have a working knowledge of the connection between type, image and other principles of visual organization that are based on understanding design history, theory, methodology, and cultural and aesthetic differences.

    2. Identify and solve communication problems and question predetermined solutions through research, awareness of critical perspectives in the evaluation of design, and qualitative and quantitative analysis.

    3. Implement a wide range of design technologies and strategies through the understanding and ability to use current software and new media.

    4. Think, speak and write clearly and effectively, and communicate with precision and rhetorical force, both generally and in design communications.

    5. Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, ethical values and the ability to design for a diverse and global audience while also understanding how the audience/user values and behaviors are reflected in the design.

    6. Develop a portfolio, with an accompanying thesis and design rational, that reflects the design methodologies necessary to produce a body of work suitable for professional expectations.

    7. Demonstrate divergent and convergent thinking in the integration of the formal, the conceptual and the material, by using the elements and principles of design to effectively support the project’s purpose.


Admission To The Program

Students wishing to major in Graphic Design should apply for major declaration by the end of their sophomore year (60 credit hours). Students are required to have:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Grade of “C” or better in ENGL 101.
  • Grade of “C” or better in all ART or GDES courses.

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, composed of: (49)
  Program Prerequisites also applicable to the Gen Ed Humanities requirement [ART 101, ART 115, ART 121] (6)
  Remaining Gen Ed requirements (43)
     
GDES Major Requirements, comprised of: (69)
  Program Prerequisites (with 6 credits applicable to Gen Ed Humanities) [ART 101, 115, 121, GDES 102, 110] (9)
  Core Courses (39)
  GDES Electives (12)
  GDES Related Field Electives (9)
     
Free Electives (6)

Major Requirements (60 Credit Hours)

The Graphic Design Major requirements include 9 credit hours of program prerequisites, 39 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of Graphic Design Electives, and 9 credit hours of Graphic Design Related Field Electives. A grade of “C” or higher must be earned for all courses required for the major.

Program Prerequisites (9 credit hours)
Two of the following courses – ART 101, 115, 121 – may be applied to fulfill the General Education Humanities [H] requirement. The remaining three courses (9 credits) must be taken as GDES prerequisites:

ART 101 Art History I (3)[H]
ART 115 Color Theory (3)[H]
ART 121 Drawing I (3)[H]
GDES 102 Intro to Visual Communication (3)
GDES 110 Digital Foundations (3)

Core Courses (39 credit hours)
Students must complete the following 13 core courses (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 242 Digital Imaging I (3)
GDES 320 Graphic Design II (3)
GDES 321 Typography II (3)
GDES 330 Print Production (3)
GDES 404 Professional Practice (3)
GDES 420 Graphic Design III (3)
GDES 421 Typography III (3)
GDES 470 Internship in Graphic Design (3)
GDES 490 Capstone (3)

Graphic Design Electives (12 credit hours)
Majors are also expected to complete 12 credit hours from the following courses:

GDES 204 Digital Photography (3)
GDES 208 Film Production 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 452 3D Modeling & Animation (3)
GDES 453 Motion Graphics (3)

Graphic Design Related Field Electives (9 credit hours)
Students must select 3 courses (9 credit hours), in consultation with their academic advisor, from the following designations: ART, COMM, PHIL 100, and GDES 315. One class must be chosen from ART 103, ART 201, ART 205, ART 211, ART 389 (Art History type class only) and GDES 315.

Free Electives (6 Credit Hours)

Majors are expected to take 2 courses (6 credits hours) of their choice from among courses in the CAS or CBE.

 

Graphic Design 4 Year Plan 2015-2016*

YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1 (FRESHMAN)
Prefix Number Title
Gen Ed ENGL 100 Foundations of Academic Reading and Writing 4
Gen Ed UNIV 100 Essentials of Learning 2
Gen Ed MATH 100 College Algebra 3
Major Core GDES 102 Introduction to Visual Communication 3
Major Core GDES 110 Digital Foundations 3
         
YEAR 1 SEMESTER 2 (FRESHMAN)
Prefix Number Title
Gen Ed ENGL 101 Approaches to Critical Reading and Writing 3
Gen Ed ARAB [A] 3
Gen Ed [H] ART 101 Art History 3
Gen Ed [H] ART 121 Drawing I 3
Major Core ART 115 Color Theory 3
         
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 3 (SOPHOMORE)
Prefix Number Title
Gen Ed ENGL 102 Writing and Information Literacy 3
Gen Ed UNIV 110 University, Community and Citizenship 3
Gen Ed SOCSC [S] 3
Major Core GDES 220 Graphic Design I 3
Major Core GDES 221 Typography I 3
         
YEAR 2 SEMESTER 4 (SOPHOMORE)
Prefix Number Title
Gen Ed SCI [P] 3
Gen Ed ARAB [K] 3
Major Core ART 102 Art History II 3
Major Core ART 122 3D Design 3
Major Core GDES 242 Digital Imaging I 3
         
YEAR 3 SEMESTER 5 (JUNIOR)
Prefix Number Title
Gen Ed CSIS [T] 3
Major Core GDES 320 Graphic Design II 3
Major Core GDES 321 Typography II 3
Major Elective GDES 3
Related Req. ART/ COMM/ PHIL 100/ GDES 315 3
         
YEAR 3 SEMESTER 6 (JUNIOR)
Prefix Number Title
Gen Ed SCI [P] 4
Major Core GDES 330 Print Production 3
Major Core GDES 421 Typography III 3
Major Elective GDES 3
Related Req. ART/ COMM/ PHIL 100/ GDES 315 3
         
YEAR 4 SEMESTER 7 (SENIOR)
Prefix Number Title
Gen Ed SOCSC [S] 3
Major Core GDES 404 Professional Practice 3
Major Core GDES 420 Graphic Design III 3
Major Core GDES 470 Internship 3
Free Elective 3
         
YEAR 4 SEMESTER 8 (SENIOR)
Prefix Number Title
Gen Ed SOCSC [S] 3
Major Core GDES 490 Capstone 3
Related Req. ART/ COMM/ PHIL 100/ GDES 315 3
Free Elective 3

* Your progress through the plan will vary depending on your English and Mathematics placement, as well as other factors.

Minor in Graphic Design (21 Credit Hours)


The Graphic Design minor provides students with the tools necessary to compete creatively in a professional arena. The classes taught are designed to prepare students for real world situations. Students will develop basic portfolios that meet with international Graphic Design standards. The ability to visually illustrate ideas that affect the advertising and marketing fields is a quintessential asset to have in the commercial art and communication market.

The minor requires a minimum of 21 credit hours including the core of 6 GDES courses (18 credit hours) listed below and 1 course (3 credit hours) from the GDES electives list. Please check the Graphic Design major listing for the GDES electives list.

Minor Core Requirements (18 credit hours)
GDES 110 Digital Foundations (3)
ART 115 Color Theory (3)
GDES 220 Graphic Design I (3)
GDES 221 Typography I (3)
GDES 320 Graphic Design II (3)
GDES 321 Typography II (3)

Minor Electives (3 credit hours):

Students must complete at least 1 course (3 credit hours), in consultation with their academic advisor, from the GDES electives list at the 300-level or above.

Internship


The internship program provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate their capacity for leadership, teamwork, and business activity in the context of work experience. Internships are completed in the junior or senior year and while in residency at AUK. 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.

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 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 are responsible for working 40 hours per semester for each credit hour. Students are to refer to the program’s internship handbook for further details concerning the internship process, requirements and method of assessment.

Faculty


ANDERSEN, William, Associate Professor of Studio Arts/Graphic Design; M.F.A., 2000, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

BAUER, George, Professor of Art History/Studio Arts; Ph.D., 2002, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA.

HOSSEINNIA, Maryam, Department Chair, Associate Professor of Graphic Design; M.F.A., 2002, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.

KHAIR, Ramy, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design; M.P.S., 2002, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York, USA.

LEE, Joowon, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design; M.F.A., 2002, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

MERHEB, Rita, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design; M.F.A., 2005, Academie Libanaise des BeauxArts, Lebanon.

JANUSH-KULCHITSKY, Marcella, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design; M.F.A., 1989, Boston University, School of Visual Arts, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

STAMOS, Antonia, Assistant Professor of Art History; Ph.D., 2006, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

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