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Stevenson's career-focused Graphic Design program will teach you the technical and critical-thinking skills to position you for a successful career in today's design fields.

This major is designed to prepare students for professional practice and graduate study in graphic design, advertising, marketing communications, electronic or print publishing, web and interactive design, digital imaging, motion graphics, or related fields. As students prepare for a career in Graphic Design, they develop a research-based design process and produce a portfolio.

Stressing manual skills and applications of evolving technologies, the curriculum is characterized by a high-level of problem-based learning that encourages risk-taking and critical-thinking, immerses students in real-world scenarios, includes academic experiences and professional activities outside of the classroom, and allows for significant collaboration between students and between students and faculty.

You can also choose from one of three tracks to further your educational experience: Interactive Design, Motion Graphics, or Photography.

Graduates of the Graphic Design program will:

  • Solve communication design problems by thinking creatively and critically.
  • Produce communication design solutions, considering audience, cultural, ethical, human, and market factors.
  • Create, compose, and critique visual forms as well as verbal and nonverbal messages in response to design problems.
  • Acquire material and technical skills necessary to realize designs solutions according to professional standards and practices.
  • Apply art history, visual culture, communication, and design research to visual communication practice.
  • Plan, execute, present, revise, and justify design ideas and solutions independently and as a collaborative team member.
  • Apply academic preparation to professional and cultural experiences both within and beyond the classroom.

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Connection to Career

Graphic Design students take unique courses such as letterpress to understand the foundations and principles of design and how that has influenced current work within digital spaces.

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Exceptional Experiences
Twenty-one students spent eight days documenting, researching, and capturing physical and expressive relationships they observed during a study abroad trip to Berlin in spring 2017. The photographic images they came home with were featured in an art exhibition on campus titled Berlin: From Space to Place.
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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Graphic Design Majors

If you are a creative person who's interested in art and design, you may be interested in a degree in Graphic Design. A background in graphic design will cover creative practice in disciplines such as print design, Web design, advertising, art direction, branding, and more. This can lead to careers such as:

  • Advertising Design
  • Art Direction
  • Corporate Identity/Brand Design
  • Exhibition or Environmental Design
  • Special Effects Artist
  • UX/UI: User Interface/User Experience Design
  • Web/Graphic/Interactive Design

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

Courses

Courses

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Graphic design majors may take the general course of study or may select the interactive design, motion graphics, or photography track.

Major Requirements

FYS 100 First Year Seminar
ART 106 Introduction to Art History
ART 110 Fundamentals of Design I
ART 113 Fundamentals of Design II
ART 116 Drawing I
ART 117 Drawing II
ART 205 Art History Survey Topics
ART 305 Topics in Art History
CM 101 Public Speaking
CM 211 or Intercultural Communication or 
CM 255 or Small Group Communication or
CM 270 New Media Communication
FMI 102 Cinema II: Continuity
PHOTO 141 Basic Digital Photography
GDES 125 Fundamentals of Digital Media
GDES 208 Web Design I
GDES 210 Communication Design I
GDES 211 Communication Design II
GDES 230 Typography I
GDES 290 Internship Preparation
GDES 308 Web Design II
GDES 310 Communication Design III
GDES 390 Internship
GDES 410 Portfolio & Professional Development
GDES 450 Senior Capstone


Communication Design electives must be chosen from the following:

Specific courses and exact number of credits are based on the declared track.

IAD 380 Advanced Interactive Studio 
IAD 381 Mobile and Responsive Design
IAD 480 Interactive Design Special Topics
MOGR 330 Typography in Motion
MOGR 331 Intermediate Motion Graphics
GDES 370 The Relationship of Design and Business
GDES 380 Professional Design Studio
GDES 440 Designing for a Target Market
GDES 480 Design Studio Special Topics


Materials and Methods electives must be chosen from the following:

Specific courses and exact number of credits are based on the declared track.

ART 215 Painting I
ART 217 Figure Drawing
ART 219 Printmaking
ART 250 Topics in Alternative Fine Art Processes
ART 315 Surface Design
ART 351 Special Topics
PHOTO 140 Black and White Film Photography
PHOTO 241 Intermediate Digital Photography
PHOTO 242 Fashion and Portrait Photography
PHOTO 250 Alternative Photographic Processes
PHOTO 341 Advanced Studio Photography
PHOTO 342 Documentary and Photojournalism
PHOTO 480 Photography Special Topics


Tracks

Students must also complete the courses for the general program or one of the tracks listed below:

Graphic Design (General Program)

GDES 330 Typography II
Six credits of Communication Design electives. (See list above)
Six credits of Materials and Methods electives. (See list above)

Interactive Design Track

IAD 380 Advanced Interactive Studio
IAD 381 Mobile and Responsive Design
IAD 480 Interactive Design Special Topics
GDES 330 Typography II
Three credits of Materials and Methods electives. (See list above)

Motion Graphics Track

FMI 211 Basic Screenwriting
MOGR 330 Typography in Motion
MOGR 331 Intermediate Motion Graphics
MOGR 431 Advanced Motion Graphics and Effects
Three credits of Communication Design electives. (See list above)
Three credits of Materials and Methods courses. (See list above)

Photography Track

PHOTO 241 Intermediate Digital Photography
PHOTO 341 Advanced Studio Photography
PHOTO 342 Documentary and Photojournalism
PHOTO 140 Black and White Film Photography
PHOTO 242 Fashion and Portrait Photography
PHOTO 250 Alternative Photographic Processes  
PHOTO 480 Photography Special Topics 
  One Communication Design elective
Tracks and Minors

Tracks and Minors

Minor

Students explore design theory, design thinking methods, professional practices, design culture, and histories of art and design. Graphic Design courses encompass a variety of media and forms and include group work, client-based projects, print design, interactive development, and user experience design.

The minor in Graphic Design requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an IAD or GDES prefix (see exceptions below and note that some ART courses and PHOTO 141 will also count toward the minor).

Courses ineligible for this minor include:

ART courses (except ART 110ART 113, and ART 305
GDES 270 Introduction to Corporate Communication Design 
GDES 370 The Relationship of Design and Business
MOGR courses
PHOTO courses (except PHOTO 141)

Students majoring in Marketing may not minor in Graphic Design.

All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. Specific information regarding minor requirements may be found in the Academic Information section of the catalog.

Minors at Stevenson

Visual Arts and Design Portfolios

Visual Arts and Design Portfolios

Students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Graphic Design are allowed to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships.

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