COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES (CAS)

Art & Graphic Design

DEPARTMENT OF ART AND GRAPHIC DESIGN

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

MISSION

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 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 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 for its 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.
  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 ART 101, ART 102, ART 120, ART 121, and GDES 110.
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 ten courses (30 credit hours) of upper-level courses (300-level and above) at AUK, of which at least 21 credit hours need to be taken in the major.

General Education Requirements, composed of: (49)

 

Program Prerequisites applicable to the Gen Ed Humanities requirement [ART 101, ART 102, ART 120, ART 121]

(6)

 

 

Remaining Gen Ed requirements

(43)

 

GDES Major Requirements, comprised of: (63)

 

Program Prerequisites (with 6 credits applicable to Gen Ed Humanities) [ART 101, 102, 120, 121, GDES 110]

(9)

 

 

Core Courses

(33)

 

 

GDES Electives

(12)

 

 

GDES Related Field Electives

(9)

 

Free Electives (12)
MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (63 CREDIT HOURS)

The Graphic Design Major requirements include 9 credit hours of program prerequisites, 33 credit hours of core courses, 12 credit hours of Graphic Design Electives, and 9 credit hours of Graphic Design Related Field Electives. GDES students may earn a minimum grade of “C-” in individual courses required for the GDES major; however, they must maintain a cumulative major GPA of at least 2.00 in their major requirements to earn the BA in Graphic Design. The development and completion of an e-portfolio is part of the degree requirement.

Program Prerequisites (9 credit hours)

Two (6 credit hours) of the following courses – ART 101, 102, 120, 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 102

Art History II

(3)[H]

ART 120

2-D Design

(3)[H]

ART 121

Drawing I

(3)[H]

GDES 110

Digital Foundations

(3)


Core Courses (33 credit hours)

Students must complete the following eleven core courses (33 credit hours):

ART 122

3D Design

(3) [H]

GDES 220

Graphic Design I

(3)

GDES 221

Typography I

(3)

GDES 242

Digital Imaging I

(3)

GDES 315

History of Design

(3)

GDES 320

Graphic Design II

(3)

GDES 321

Typography II

(3)

GDES 330

Print Production

(3)

GDES 420

Graphic Design 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 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 421

Typography III

(3)

GDES 452

3D Modeling & Animation     

(3)

GDES 453

Motion Graphics

(3)

Graphic Design Related Field Electives (9 credit hours)

Students must select three courses (9 credit hours), in consultation with their academic advisor, from the following designations: ART, COMM, SBSA, and PHIL 100. One class must be chosen from ART 103, ART 201, ART 205, ART 211, and ART 389 (Art History-type class only).

Free Electives (12 credit hours)

Students are expected to successfully complete four courses (12 credits hours) of their choice from among courses in the CAS or CBE.

MINOR IN GRAPHIC DESIGN (21 CREDIT HOURS)

The Graphic Design minor provides students with the tools necessary to compete creatively in the graphic design world. The classes taught are designed to prepare students for real world situations. Students will develop basic skills that meet international graphic design standards.

The minor requires a minimum of 21 credit hours including the core of four GDES courses (12 credit hours) listed below and one course (3 credit hours) from the GDES electives list. Please check the Graphic Design major listing for the GDES electives list.

Minor Prerequisites (6 credit hours)

The following courses may be applied to fulfill the General Education Humanities [H] requirement:

ART 101

Art History I

(3)[H]

ART 102       

Art History II

(3)[H]

Minor Core Requirements (12 credit hours)

ART 120

2-D Design

(3) [H]

GDES 110

Digital Foundations

(3)

GDES 220

Graphic Design I

(3)

GDES 221

Typography I

(3)

Minor Elective Requirements (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 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.