The graphic media concentration in graphic design is an interdisciplinary approach with a focus on visual communications. Combining courses in artistic content and creation with traditional and social media writing, the program prepares students—including those currently working in the field—to be successful in communications and media-related fields. Students in this concentration develop a cultural understanding of written and visual communications, and gain a well-rounded skill set that is less specialized than students in either graphic arts or communications. The graphic media concentration will appeal to students without a fine arts background and those already on a career track. Graduates will be able to step into a wide variety of jobs that require both artistic skill and creation of written content.
Graphic design majors fulfill both studio art and general liberal arts course requirements. All students in the program take Design 1, 2 and 3 and are required to complete an internship as part of their program. Additional coursework exposes students to a variety of artistic disciplines. Completion of a proficiency certificate in a secondary arts area (painting/drawing, photography or printmaking) is required. In the senior year, students take two senior seminars and complete a senior thesis and exhibition.
Students who select the concentration in Graphic Media will take the following courses:
FA 114 Drawing 1
FA WS 370/572, Feminist Theory: Visual Culture
FA 120 Graphic Design 1
FA 221 Graphic Design 2
FA 330 Graphic Design 3 (Web Design)
COM 130 Digital Communication and Design 1
COM 230 Digital Communication and Design 2
COM 233 Integrated Marketing and Advertising
FA 355 Internship
FA 420 Senior Seminar 1
FA 422 Senior Seminar 2/Thesis Exhibition
In addition, all majors in graphic media must complete a proficiency certificate in a secondary arts area (painting/drawing, photography or printmaking) different from the concentration they have selected.