Skip Navigation
search: People Opens New Window | Departments Opens New Window | Penn State Opens New Window | Web Opens New Window
Penn State mark
Penn State mark
University Bulletin
Undergraduate Degree Programs

These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

Graphic Design (GD)

GD 100 (GA) Introduction to Graphic Design (3) A beginning level graphic design course. Instruction touches on the practice, theories, history and processes of the graphic design industry.

GD 100 Introduction to Graphic Design (3)

GD 100 (GA) INTRODUCTION TO GRAPHIC DESIGN (3) is a beginning level graphic design course. Instruction touches on the practice, history, theories, and analysis of the design industry. This course places emphasis on problem solving and observing design, while developing intuition and creativity. Projects focus on the process of defining the parameters of a design problem, observing examples within the design industry, and critically evaluating examples of effective and ineffective design.

The course will help students to:
1. Understand the graphic design industry and the responsibilities of the profession.
2. Develop an appreciation for the practice of design.
3. Begin to develop the ability to define and solve problems.
4. Increase their knowledge of the history of graphic design and typography.
5. Refine their conceptual skills.
6. Learn and understand the vernacular of the industry.

Students will be quizzed on terminology and important facts provided in the readings.

1. Grades will be calculated by quizzes, which will be given throughout the semester. Quizzes will be based on topics and material provided online. 60% of the final course grade will be based on quizzes.
2. Participation in online discussion forums is required. Students will be expected to post comments and responses to an online forum. 20% of the final grade will be based on participation within these forums.
3. Students will be expected to research various examples of design in commercial and non-commercial applications, upload examples, comment on designs, and engage in discussions of effective and ineffective use. Emphasis will be placed on writing skills as part of the evaluation 20% of the final grade will be based on project assignments in design evaluation.

General Education: GA
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2006

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


Look up course abbreviations

Course descriptions are stored in LionPATH, the University-wide student information system. Please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog to access current course descriptions. At that point, you will be leaving the University Bulletin website.

Skip Popular Searches
  1. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
  2. General Education: United States Cultures and International Cultures
  3. Course Index
  4. Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin
  5. General Education: Arts
  6. General Education: Humanities
  7. General Education: Health and Physical Activity
  8. General Education: Natural Sciences
  9. General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences
  10. General Education: Writing/Speaking