Graphic & Digital Design Minor

The graphic and digital design minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.

Required Courses (9 hrs.)

ARTH 153: Visual Literacy - Art History and Culture
3 credit hours

Using a range of visual objects, from contemporary advertisements to works of art, from ancient artifacts to architecture and graphic novels, this course introduces students to the skills of critical seeing, analysis and interpretation to help them make meaning from, and discern cultural values encoded within, visual imagery.

ARTZ 211: Digital Foundations
3 credit hours

An introduction to digital media techniques, including capturing and manipulating digital images, web design, 3D modeling, data mapping, time-based work in video and audio, and vector graphics. This course emphasizes creative and critical development as well as acquisition of technical skills.

ARTZ 210: Graphic Design I
3 credit hours

This course familiarizes students with the foundations skills of graphic design from sketch through comprehensive design. It introduces vocabulary, research, typography, design process, and exploration of design elements and principles through visual design problem solving. Students will develop presentation skill and familiarity of professional tools and techniques. This course will introduce the student to industry standard software applications and critical analysis of design work through written and verbal presentations. Studio fee required.

ARTZ 310: Graphic Design II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 210.
This course is a continuation of the exploration of graphic design elements and principles study through more complex and comprehensive solutions. The student will deal with experimentation through research, conceptual thinking and process dealing with brand identity, logo, publication and UX/UI design problems. Students will learn new tools and techniques for the development of design solutions from prototype through comprehensive solution. The students will further develop writing and presentation skills through critical analysis of historical design works and user/audience research. Studio fee required.

Choose 9 hours of courses from the following: 

ARTZ 260: Photography I
3 credit hours

This course covers basic principles of photography, both digital and analog. Students will learn manual camera operation as well as darkroom printing techniques and basic Photoshop skills within a historical and cultural context of the medium. Students will be introduced to critical analysis of art works through written and verbal presentations. Both a DSLR and SLF 35mm camera with shutter and aperture control are required for this course. Cameras are available to rent throughout the semester. Course fee required.

ARTZ 311: Publication Design
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 210 and ARTZ 310.
This course explores the design and production of printed material, the use of grid design, the study of typography and software production techniques for books, magazines, newspapers and electronic publications. Students will build strong technical skills as it relates to prepress production and photo editing, typography and layout, while conceptualizing, designing and producing projects. Students will continue to develop writing, research and presentation skills related to the professional practice in development of their work. Studio fee required.

ARTZ 328: Digital Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 210 and ARTZ 310.
This course will explore the production, manipulation and techniques involved in the creation of digital imagery. The projects will include topics such as conceptual approach to illustration, subject matter, editorial and business/information graphics, retouching, compositing, color correction and production of visual imagery. Emphasis will be placed on creativity, reasoning, research and technical proficiency. The students will develop contemporary illustration skills related to the field while conducting research, writing and presentation. Studio fee required.

ARTZ 329: Typography
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 210 and ARTZ 310.
This course will explore the fundamentals of typographic form and function in a variety of traditional and contemporary media. Through a series of exercises, the student will investigate the relationship between the visual and verbal language, complex problems addressing hierarchy, communication, and comprehension and gestalt theory. This course will also explore vocabulary, history, grid design and experimentation while expanding on the student’s research, writing and presentation skills. Studio fee required.

ARTZ 365: Photography: Studio Explorations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260.
This course will expand on fundamental skills by introducing studio lighting with the use of DSLR, medium-format and large-format cameras. Retouching, scanning and color management will also be taught in this course. Students will further develop their writing and presentation skills through critical analysis of works of art. All cameras required for this course are available to check out during the semester. Course fee required. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARTZ 368: Photography: The Expanded Field
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260 and ARTZ 365.
In this course, students will be encouraged to explore advanced photographic techniques such as alternative processed, silkscreen, solar plate printmaking, mural printing, and digital projection while developing a portfolio based on each student’s conceptual investigation of the photographic image. Students will develop a framework with which to critically evaluate their own artistic investigations through research, writing, and presentation. Course fee required.

ARTZ 465: Photography: Contemporary Art Practice
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARTZ 260 and ARTZ 365.
This course explores photography as a process, artifact, and concept by integrating studio exploration and critique with examination of works by contemporary artists to relate one’s photography practice within the context of contemporary artistic dialogue, work, and practices. Professional skills will be developed through the activity of contemporary art practice, which includes research, writing, and presentation. Course fee required.

ARTZ 380: Field Studies: Design and Fine Art
3 credit hours

A course designed to promote first hand, in?depth experience with works of art and/or architecture in order to foster the integration of theoretical and applied learning skills in the design and fine arts major. Students will participate in an off-campus field study, the exact nature of which will be determined by the interests of the student and must be approved in consultation with an art faculty member.

ARTZ 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
1-3 credit hours

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

COMM 386: Web Communication
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: COMM 221.
Explores audience engagement on the Internet, teaching students basic web-design and social media skills. Using media-usage theory as a guide, students will develop an overall online communication strategy and web presence that incorporates interactivity and new ways to tell stories. Serves as the capstone experience for the web communication and design minor.

Courses used as electives for one art or art history major or minor may not also satisfy electives for another art or art history major or minor.

Only one advanced studio in each medium can count toward a major. When a student has taken all the advanced studios (ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402) in a studio area, no more advanced studios can be taken in that area. Advanced studios cannot be used as electives in any minor offered by the art and art history programs.

Students are required to complete a “Permission to Register for Special Coursework” form to enroll in advanced studios (ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402).