Graphic Design (GDES)

The Graphic Design (GDES) degree program offers students the opportunity to pursue a degree emphasizing a balance of theory and practice in the art and science of visual communication. Both the teaching and practice are emphasized to foster critical thinking and problem solving that prepare the student for the real-world challenges one will face in the professional sphere. The program is also inspired by a vision that design methodology and technologies can support the creative exploration of traditional and modern design concepts and principles. The program includes history of graphic design, typography, symbols, information design, systems, 3D, and multi-media design.

Graphic Design program graduates are instilled with the skills of marketable designers and are prepared for employment in graphic design studios, publishing houses, corporations, non-profit institutions, film and video production companies, advertising, and multimedia firms.

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

Program Lead: Ms. Marcella Kulchitsky         Program E-mail: Graphics@auk.edu.kw

Graphic Design Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the AUK Major in Graphic Design, the student will be able to:
  • Apply critical thinking, design concepts, and problem-solving methodologies to a variety of design problems and possibilities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how design processes and skills are related to social and scientific issues and discourse.
  • Produce a design portfolio showcasing sensibilities toward diversity for issues and discourse.
  • Use professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the marketplace.
  • Adapt and pursue a lifelong sense of communal responsibility locally and internationally.

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.

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
            GDES 102

• 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)
Students must complete the following 6 courses (18 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

Typography II

(3)

GDES 321

Literary Theory and Criticism

(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)
Students must complete the following 6 courses (18 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 2012-2013 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

 

Upper Level Graphic Design Elective

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

415

Senior Portfolio

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.