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Graphic Design B.F.A.

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College of Design
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 81 to 89
  • Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts
The graphic design program educates students in design thinking, design methods, design theory, creative problem solving, and visual and verbal literacy. An emphasis is placed on visual components: how humans communicate, perceive, interpret, and understand visual information. The program fosters flexibility, which enables graduates to adapt to social, cultural, and technological change in graphic design. The program's foundation is broadly based. Students begin with courses in fundamental aspects of visual studies. Upper division courses prepare them for graphic design positions in print and electronic media. An internship of 1 to 3 credits is required.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 5 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
Admission to pre-major status is decided by a competitive holistic review. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 during pre-major coursework. In addition, students must receive a minimum grade of C- or better in the required pre-major courses before going through portfolio review (not just a 2.50 GPA). Once students have achieved major status, they must maintain a GPA of 2.00. Students must be admitted to the pre-major status program to take most of the pre-graphic design coursework.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Pre-Graphic Design Courses
DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
GDES 1311 - Foundations: Drawing and Design in Two and Three Dimensions (4.0 cr)
GDES 1312 - Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions (4.0 cr)
GDES 1315 - Foundations: The Graphic Studio (4.0 cr)
DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation (2.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
All coursework must be taken A-F (with the exception of the internship).
Presentations/Public Speaking
COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or DES 3309 - Storytelling and Design (3.0 cr)
Business, Economics, or Marketing Courses
Students must select one course in either business, economics, or marketing.
ACCT 1xxx
or ACCT 2xxx
or ACCT 3xxx
or ACCT 4xxx
or ACCT 5xxx
or APEC 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
or APEC 1102 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3.0 cr)
or APEC 1251 - Principles of Accounting (3.0 cr)
or ECON 1xxx
or ECON 2xxx
or ECON 3xxx
or ECON 4xxx
or ECON 5xxx
or MGMT 3xxx
or MKTG 3xxx
Photography Courses
ARTS 1701 - Introduction to Photography [AH] (4.0 cr)
or GDES 2361 - Design Process: Photography (3.0 cr)
Major Courses
Advanced Design Requirements
DES 3201 - Career and Internship Preparation for Design (1.0 cr)
GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design (4.0 cr)
GDES 3351 - Text and Image (3.0 cr)
GDES 3353 - Packaging and Display (3.0 cr)
GDES 4131W - History of Graphic Design [WI] (4.0 cr)
GDES 4196 - Internship in Graphic Design (1.0-3.0 cr)
GDES 4345 - Advanced Typography (4.0 cr)
GDES 4363 - Graphic Design Portfolio (3.0 cr)
GDES 2399W - Design and its Discontents: Design, Society, Economy and Culture [WI] (3.0 cr)
GDES 3352 - Identity and Symbols (3.0 cr)
or GDES 3352H - Honors: Identity and Symbols (3.0 cr)
GDES 4361W - Thesis Studio and Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
or GDES 4361V - Honors Thesis Studio and Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
GDES 4362 - Senior Thesis and Exhibition (3.0 cr)
or GDES 4362H - Senior Thesis and Exhibition (3.0 cr)
Basic Design Requirements
GDES 2342 - Web Design (3.0 cr)
GDES 2345 - Typography (4.0 cr)
Grand Challenge or Diversity and Social Justice
GCC 3xxx
or GCC 5xxx
or Take any course that fulfills the Diversity and Social Justice liberal education theme.
Electives
Two of the three electives must be GDES designated courses. Other GDES topics courses or GDES field study may be used for this requirement. See your advisor.
Take exactly 3 course(s) from the following:
· DES 3131 - User Experience in Design (4.0 cr)
· DES 3141 - Technology, Design, and Society [TS] (3.0 cr)
· DES 3311 - Travels in Typography (3.0 cr)
· DES 3341 - (un)Wrapping It Up: New Materials for Design, Design for New Materials (3.0 cr)
· DES 5165 - Design and Globalization (3.0 cr)
· DES 5168 - Evidence-Based Design (3.0 cr)
· DES 5185 - Human Factors in Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 2361 - Design Process: Photography (3.0 cr)
· GDES 3311 - Illustration (3.0 cr)
· GDES 4312 - Advanced Graphic Design Print Projects (3.0 cr)
· GDES 4330 - Surface Fabric Design Workshop (4.0 cr)
· GDES 4371 - Data Visualization Studio (3.0 cr)
· GDES 4350 - Advanced Design Material Topics (1.0-4.0 cr)
· GDES 5311 - Illustration (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5341 - Interactive Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5342 - Advanced Web Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5372 - Data Visualization for Interactive Platforms (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5383 - Digital Illustration and Animation (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5386 - Fundamentals of Game Design (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5388 - Graphic Design Research (3.0 cr)
· GDES 5399 - Theory of Electronic Design (3.0 cr)
· PDES 2701 - Creative Design Methods (3.0 cr)
· PDES 2702 - Concept Sketching (3.0 cr)
· PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the Major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 [HIS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GDES 4131W - History of Graphic Design [WI] (4.0 cr)
· GDES 4361V - Honors Thesis Studio and Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
· GDES 4361W - Thesis Studio and Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3029W - Business and Professional Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
· WRIT 3562V - Honors: Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
· WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
 
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DES 1101W - Introduction to Design Thinking (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories/processes that underpin design thinking. Interactions between humans and their natural, social, and designed environments where purposeful design helps determine quality of interaction. Design professions.
GDES 1311 - Foundations: Drawing and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design elements and principles in context of observational drawing. Integrative approach to two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and drawing. Broad conceptual framework for design exploration. Emphasizes perceptual aspects of visual forms.
GDES 1312 - Foundations: Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Color theory, its application in two- and three-dimensional design. Emphasizes effective use of color by studying traditional color systems, perception, and interaction. Lectures, demonstrations, extensive studio work, and critiques.
GDES 1315 - Foundations: The Graphic Studio
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Graphic design process of problem-solving. Visual communication of ideas and information. Use of design software to compose with words, images, and forms. prereq: Graphic design premajor design minor or instr consent
DES 2101 - Design and Visual Presentation
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to visual design. Development of visual design skills. Visual presentation methods. Lectures, design exercises, discussion.
COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00670
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Public communication processes, elements, and ethics. Criticism of and response to public discourse. Practice in individual speaking designed to encourage civic participation.
DES 3309 - Storytelling and Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Storytelling/narrative. Oral, written, and non-verbal communication/presentation skills. Dramatic structure, characterization, dialogue, sensory detail, scene, audience. Applications to disciplines within/beyond academics.
APEC 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00019 - Econ 1101/1104/1111/ApEc 1101
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Economic behavior of consumers/firms in domestic/international markets. Demand, supply, competition. Efficiency, Invisible Hand. Monopoly, imperfect competition. Externalities, property rights. Economics of public policy in environment/health/safety. Public goods, tax policy.
APEC 1102 - Principles of Macroeconomics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00323 - ApEc 1102ApEc 1102H/Econ 1102
Typically offered: Every Spring
Unemployment/inflation, measures of national income, macro models, fiscal policy/problems. Taxes and the national debt. Money/banking, monetary policy/problems. Poverty and income distribution. International trade and exchange rates. Economic growth/development. prereq: 1101 or Econ 1101
APEC 1251 - Principles of Accounting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00458 - Acct 2050/ApEc 1251
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Financial accounting. Theory, concepts, principles, procedures. Preparation/understanding of the four financial statements.
ARTS 1701 - Introduction to Photography (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Presents conceptual, technical, historical aspects of photography within fine arts context. Emphasis on creative process through hands-on experience in use of camera, digital, black/white, darkroom processes.
GDES 2361 - Design Process: Photography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Photography for graphic designers: digital/film photographic developing/image manipulation, printing.
DES 3201 - Career and Internship Preparation for Design
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research career opportunities and organizations related to industry. Set career goals based on skills and interests. Identify job search skills to secure internships, implement transition from college to employment. prereq: Pre-graphic design or graphic design or pre-interior design or interior design or pre-apparel design or apparel design or environmental design or architecture or pre-product design or product design
GDES 3312 - Color and Form in Surface Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Use of color/form representation in two-dimensional surface applications. Historical use of color and of spatial representation in visual communication.
GDES 3351 - Text and Image
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Composition of visual information using grid structures to integrate text/image. Informational/expressive aspects of graphic design, hierarchical relationships of visual elements. Methods of text layout that enhance communication. prereq: [2345 or DHA 2345], graphic design major, pass portfolio review
GDES 3353 - Packaging and Display
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application of graphic design principles to three-dimensional projects. Principles of three-dimensional design/space applied to labeling, packaging, and display.
GDES 4131W - History of Graphic Design (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical analysis of visual communication. Technological, cultural, and aesthetic influences. How historical events are communicated/perceived through graphic presentation/imagery. prereq: Intro history or art history course
GDES 4196 - Internship in Graphic Design
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01736
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised work experience relating activity in business, industry, or government to the student's area of study. Integrative paper or project may be required. prereq: Completion of at least one-half of professional sequence, plan submitted/approved in advance by [adviser, internship supervisor], written consent of faculty supervisor, instr consent
GDES 4345 - Advanced Typography
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Expressive visual communication of words. Fundamental legibility of "invisible art," overt expression through type. Students complete extended typographic project. prereq: [[2345 or DHA 2345], 3351, graphic design major] or design grad student or instr consent
GDES 4363 - Graphic Design Portfolio
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Preparation of professional portfolio. Graphic design thesis exhibition. Professional issues.
GDES 2399W - Design and its Discontents: Design, Society, Economy and Culture (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02463
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Secret history of modern, postmodern, and contemporary design. Principles/practices of designers who operate outside of main stream. Innovators, activists, cultural gadflies whose work challenges, provokes, and inspires. Context of economy, society, culture, and politics. Lecture, research, studio production. Written project proposals/reflections/blogging.
GDES 3352 - Identity and Symbols
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02461
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Representation of abstract ideas through symbols. Development of visual identity systems. prereq: pass portfolio review, graphic design major
GDES 3352H - Honors: Identity and Symbols
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02461
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Representation of abstract ideas through symbols. Development of visual identity systems.
GDES 4361W - Thesis Studio and Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02462 - GDes 4361W/GDes 4361V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research/design of comprehensive graphic design thesis project. prereq: [Graphic design major, 2399W, 3352, 3353] or instr consent
GDES 4361V - Honors Thesis Studio and Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02462
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research/design of comprehensive graphic design thesis project. prereq: [Graphic design major, 2399W, 3352, 3353], honors student, or instr consent
GDES 4362 - Senior Thesis and Exhibition
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02454
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design, production, and exhibition of comprehensive graphic design thesis project.
GDES 4362H - Senior Thesis and Exhibition
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02430
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design, production, and exhibition of comprehensive graphic design thesis project.
GDES 2342 - Web Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Graphic design elements/principles applied to website design. HTML, CSS. Working with interactive media and file formats.
GDES 2345 - Typography
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
History of typographic forms, principles of composition, expressive potential of type. Design process from problem-solving through exploration, experimentation, selection, critique, and refinement. Readings, research, exercises, design production.
DES 3131 - User Experience in Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to theories/principles of human interaction with designed objects. Focuses on affect/emotional quality of designs. Objects, interfaces, environments. Digitally mediated experiences.
DES 3141 - Technology, Design, and Society (TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore/evaluate impact of technology/design on humans, societies. How design innovation shapes cultures. How people use technology to shape design, adoption, use of designed products/environments through consumerism/ethical values.
DES 3311 - Travels in Typography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01643 - Des 3311/DesI 3010
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Using collection in James Ford Bell Library, students study rare book/map collections and undertake hands-on exercises on history of type, including developments in typesetting, calligraphy, and letterpress printing.
DES 3341 - (un)Wrapping It Up: New Materials for Design, Design for New Materials
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
New high-tech fabrics, foils, electrotextiles, "intelligent textiles" that respond to environmental stimuli. Hands-on materials research, testing of prototypes. Cross-disciplinary teams explore appropriate modeling/applications. Integrated project.
DES 5165 - Design and Globalization
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01200
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Movement of people, products, and ideas. Challenges brought by differences among us. prereq: Grad student
DES 5168 - Evidence-Based Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Origins of evidence-based design/possible benefits and detractors. Students learn various components as a process/ explore methods of integrating process via application to a design project in their area of expertise. Process, impact, influences, and anticipated outcomes are documented/ analyzed as compared to a typical design process approach. prereq: CDes grad student or instr consent
DES 5185 - Human Factors in Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Theories/methods that influence the assessment of physical, social, and psychological human factors. Development of user needs with application to designed products that interact with human body. prereq: Grad student or sr or instr consent
GDES 2361 - Design Process: Photography
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Photography for graphic designers: digital/film photographic developing/image manipulation, printing.
GDES 3311 - Illustration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: GDes 1311 or ArtS 1101 or PDES 3702 or LA 1301 or Arch 3250 or Arch 2301 or instructor permission
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Two aspects of illustration for contemporary graphic designer. Image making, by hand or digitally, for use in design projects. Design development. Mapping ideas/expressing thoughts visually. Not observational drawing course. prereq: GDes 1311 or ArtS 1101 or PDES 3702 or LA 1301 or Arch 3250 or Arch 2301 or instructor permission
GDES 4312 - Advanced Graphic Design Print Projects
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced Graphic Design Print Projects offers an opportunity for students to propose, design, and produce printed graphic design products while expanding upon their experience in surface design and printing. Students will explore graphic design communication through group and individualized projects in a cohort, and under the supervision of graphic design faculty.
GDES 4330 - Surface Fabric Design Workshop
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Studio experience in the development and production of surface design. Screen printing, batik, resist dying, shibori, cyanotypes, and dye transfers are included.
GDES 4371 - Data Visualization Studio
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02385 - GDes 4371/GDes 5371
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Visual articulation of data. Expansive research, meticulous gathering of data, analysis. Develop cohesive graphical narratives/build solid foundation in craft of presenting data. prereq: 2345, [Design minors required to take 2345], or graduate student, or instructor's consent
GDES 4350 - Advanced Design Material Topics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Letterpress, screen, and relief printing, or bookmaking. Defined but varying range of media expression. Graphic design communication through group/individualized projects in a cohort, under supervision of faculty.
GDES 5311 - Illustration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1311 or ArtS 1101 or PDes 3702 or LA 1301 or Arch 3250 or Arch 2301 or #
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Image making by hand or digitally for use in design projects. Design development. Mapping out ideas/expressing thoughts visually. Not observational drawing course. prereq: 1311 or ArtS 1101 or PDes 3702 or LA 1301 or Arch 3250 or Arch 2301 or instr consent
GDES 5341 - Interactive Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01108
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Design of interactive multimedia projects. Interactive presentations and electronic publishing. Software includes hypermedia, scripting, digital output. prereq: [[2334 or 2342], design minor] or graphic design major or grad student or instr consent
GDES 5342 - Advanced Web Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Internet-based design. Static web pages, embedded media, cascading style sheets. Design and usability of interface between humans and technology. Evaluation of visual elements that control and organize dealings with computers to direct work. Students develop designs, do usability testing. prereq: [[2334 or 2342], design minor] or graphic design major or grad student or instr consent
GDES 5372 - Data Visualization for Interactive Platforms
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Skills/tools necessary to process large quantities of information/present them through interactive mediums. Create data visualizations for web utilizing Javascript libraries. Linear/non-linear data-driven narratives.
GDES 5383 - Digital Illustration and Animation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Advanced computer design. Integration of design knowledge with Macintosh computer applications. Students use software to create digital illustration and animations. Adobe Illustrator, After Effects, Flash. prereq: [[2334 or 2342], design minor], [graphic design major or [grad student, experience with computer illustration]]] or instr consent
GDES 5386 - Fundamentals of Game Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Games of all kinds. Theoretical/practical aspects of making games. Investigation of design process. Rules, strategies, methodologies. Interactivity, choice, action, outcome, rules in game design. Social interaction, story telling, meaning/ideology, semiotics. Signs, cultural meaning. prereq: [[2334 or 2342], design minor] or [[4384 or DHA 4384 or 5341 or DHA 5341], [graphic design major or sr or grad student]] or instr consent
GDES 5388 - Graphic Design Research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Experience in Graphic Design research strategies and methods. Applied, theoretical, and human-centered aspects directed at project development. Design prototyping, testing, analysis. prereq: Graphic design major or grad student or instr consent
GDES 5399 - Theory of Electronic Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01761
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Theories, methodologies, histories of electronic design, its impact on visual communications. Digitak artifacts, processes, paradigms. prereq: Graphic design track student or instr consent
PDES 2701 - Creative Design Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to a variety of creativity and idea generation tools with an emphasis on innovative product concept development. Students apply different toolsets to an ongoing project. Starting with a general theme, students explore problems and concepts, practice using a variety of idea generation tools, and learn methods of evaluating and selecting concepts. Customer needs, benchmarking, and intellectual property.
PDES 2702 - Concept Sketching
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Sketching and marker rendering for communication of conceptual product design. Free-hand two-point perspective. Weekly drawing assignments and presentations. Students keep a sketchbook to develop ideas and drawings.
PDES 3711 - Toy Product Design
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Product design process with a focus on creativity and designing for play. Project-centric. Students work in small teams of 5-6 members to design and prototype new toys with the help of local industry and children.
ARCH 3411W - Architectural History to 1750 (HIS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Built environment as a tool to study the human past from ancient times to 1750. Major trends of style and form and the relationships, practices, beliefs that have shaped human behavior. prereq: Soph or above
ENGL 3027W - The Essay (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01352
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Incorporating narrative, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive techniques into writing on general topics. Effective argumentation through critical reading. Use of library resources. Awareness of context/audience.
GDES 4131W - History of Graphic Design (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical analysis of visual communication. Technological, cultural, and aesthetic influences. How historical events are communicated/perceived through graphic presentation/imagery. prereq: Intro history or art history course
GDES 4361V - Honors Thesis Studio and Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02462
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research/design of comprehensive graphic design thesis project. prereq: [Graphic design major, 2399W, 3352, 3353], honors student, or instr consent
GDES 4361W - Thesis Studio and Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02462 - GDes 4361W/GDes 4361V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Research/design of comprehensive graphic design thesis project. prereq: [Graphic design major, 2399W, 3352, 3353] or instr consent
WRIT 3029W - Business and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01353
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practice writing for various professional purposes/audiences, using appropriate styles, tones, and organizational elements. Potential genres include proposals, reports, web content, email, executive summaries, job search portfolios. Attention to workplace collaboration and broader issues of professional literacy.
WRIT 3562V - Honors: Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01235
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Written and oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing and practicing multiple genres. Draft, test, revise present findings in oral presentation. Honors section includes discussion on scholarly readings in technical and professional writing as well as a final project that must be addressed to a real-world audience.
WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01235 - Writ 3562V/Writ 3562W
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Written/oral communication in professional settings, gathering research, analyzing audience, assessing/practicing multiple genres. Draft, test, revise present findings in oral presentation. prereq: [Jr or sr or instr consent], [1301 or 1401 or equiv]