College of Continuing Professional Studies

About the CCPS Graphic Design & Design Arts Program

Prior to selecting an art major, students should consult with their advisor and the chairman of the department of art and art history. All students who decide to major in art or art history should officially elect a faculty member from the department as their formal advisor and consult with that faculty member prior to course registration each semester.

This major is appropriate for students who are primarily seeking a post-BA or BS career in commercial photography, design arts or graphic design. It also is appropriate for students planning to pursue graduate studies in these areas to consider a second major in art history or fine arts. This major is required for students who intend to pursue the special program in visual communication.

Please note that ARTZ 111 is offered in the fall semester only. ARTZ 496 Apex Studio is to be taken in the spring semester of the year the student graduates. To enroll in ARTZ 496 students are required to fill out a “Permission to Register for Special Coursework” form.

The graphic design and design arts major is only available through the Springfield campus.


All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses. Refer to the course descriptions of each course below for prerequisites. The graphic design and design arts major requires 33 hours of coursework in the following distribution:

18 hours of required courses:

ARTZ 111: Foundations of Studio and Design
ARTZ 123: Drawing
ARTZ 210: Graphic Design I
ARTZ 496: Apex Studio

Choose one of the following:

ARTZ 260: Photography I
ARTZ 267: Digital Photography I

Choose one of the following:

ARTH 151: History of Art and Architecture I
ARTH 152: History of Art and Architecture II

Choose five different electives from this group; three must be 300-level or above; only one can be an art history course (ARTH).

Total of 15 hours

ARTZ 250: Sculpture I
ARTZ 310*: Graphic Design II
ARTZ 311*: Publication Design
ARTZ 312*: Illustration
ARTZ 313*: Concept & Design
ARTZ 360*: Photography II
ARTZ 364*: Commercial Photography
ARTZ 367*: Digital Photography II
ARTZ 395*: Portfolio
ARTZ 390*, 490*: Selected Topics
ARTZ 397*, 398*, 497*, 498*: Internship: Graphic Design or Photography
ARTZ 301*, 302*, 401*, 402*: Advanced Studio (1-3 hrs. each)
ARTH 350*: Modern Art
ARTH 356*: Contemporary Art
ARTH 360*: History of Photography
MGMT 103: Business Foundations

*300- and 400-level courses are only available through the Springfield campus.

Courses used as electives for one art major may not also satisfy requirements for another art major.

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 subject area, no more advanced studios can be taken in that area.

Students are required to complete a “Permission to Register for Special Coursework” form to enroll in advanced studios (ARTZ 301, 302, 401, 402), Portfolio (ARTZ 395), Research (ARTH 397, 398, 497, 498) or ARTZ 496: Apex Studio.

General Education Courses

Students must take the following courses as part of general education requirements:

ENGL 207: Expository Writing
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the U.S.

Choose one of the following:

GSTU 101: Introduction to Computers and Software
GSTU 210: Desktop Applications for PCs
GSTU 211: Desktop Applications for Macs

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