Hone your artistic and technical design skills. The Bachelor of Science in Graphic and Digital Design provides you with distinct hands-on classes so you can learn, grow, and build your portfolio.
To earn this degree, you will complete General Education courses plus 24 credit hours specific to your Bachelor of Science in Graphic and Digital Design degree:
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.
Students will work in a variety of drawing media and techniques solving representational problems. This course includes an introduction to figure drawing.
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.
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 SLR 35mm camera with shutter and aperture control are required for this course. Cameras are available to rent throughout the semester. Course fees required.
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.
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.
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
This course requires design art and fine art majors to create and exhibit work that utilizes the knowledge gained while in the department of art and art history and within their comprehensive liberal arts experience. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a project or body of work that demonstrates the student’s development of a sense of creative and intellectual authority. This Apex work will be included in a comprehensive portfolio that must also be completed in this course.
A Bachelor of Science in Graphic and Digital Design will open doors to a variety of fields, including: