At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor. Students may not change from a campus that offers their major to a campus that does not offer their major for the purpose of completing a minor.
The Graphic Design Minor is intended for students interested in augmenting their academic major with the physical, technological, aesthetic, and conceptual skills associated with a design discipline. Courses will include foundational emphasis on visual communications, design methodologies, image making, typography, and the production of work in both physical and digital form. Coursework may also include an introduction to communication theory, contemporary issues in communication, audience, and context, and formal research methodology. Advanced courses in the Minor Degree will apply the students’ design acumen towards practical coursework within the context of their declared major. A Minor Capstone Studio will situate students within an appropriately rigorous environment for the application of design methods.
What is Graphic Design?
Visual communication. Packaging. Information. Branding. Connecting people with ideas and products and places. Aesthetics. Typography. Web, mobile apps, and interface development. Visual marketing. Information architecture. Interaction design. Crafting user experiences in the built and digital worlds. Helping companies reach consumers. Making causes memorable and accessible. Carefully considered communication of concepts to diverse audiences. Making ideas beautiful and information exciting. Graphic design explores systems, methods, and strategies for integrating typography, imagery, and form into a visual language that creates value, elicits emotion, and fosters understanding. Simply put, graphic design is an extraordinarily rich toolset for communicating the human experience.
You Might Like This Program If...
- Bad typography on billboards and passing trucks drives you nuts.
- You love words and images and colors.
- You are engaged and creative, digital and analog.
- You like art, advertising, psychology, and entrepreneurship.
- You defy classification and don't like being stuck in ruts.
Designers are agile thinkers and creators who blend concepts and craft, art and ideas. If you’re interested in everything and love challenges, graphic design could be your ‘thing.’
Entrance into the graphic design minor is based on a portfolio review. The portfolio will consist of examples of visual work, an original poster design, and a statement of intent.
|Requirements for the Minor||21|
Requirements for the Minor
For a minor in Graphic Design a minimum of 21 credits is required.
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|GD 100||Introduction to Graphic Design||3|
|GD 101||Thinking Creatively: Defining Problems, Solving Problems, and Generating Ideas in Graphic Design||3|
|GD 102||Introductory Design Studio||3|
|GD 200||Graphic Design Studio I||3|
|GD 405||Minor Advanced Studio||3|
|GD 406||Minor Capstone Studio||3|
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