Curriculum in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program in the Department of Industrial and Graphic Design prepares students to practice visual communication in a competitive global environment. Graphic Design students follow a curriculum that provides variety and depth in all aspects of the field, supported by Fine Arts electives. Varied career opportunities range from the development of strategies to implement large-scale communications campaigns, to the design of effective communication products such as magazines, logo and identity development, interactive media, web design, packaging, exhibitions, illustration, and environmental graphics. Graphic design students have excellent opportunities for internship and cooperative education experiences as a result of well established relationships with regional, national and international companies and firms. 

Curriculum in Graphic Design

Please see CADC advisors in the Office of Student Services for the most current 2012-2013 GDES curriculum model.

ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
GDES 1110 Foundation Drawing4Core Science I54
GDES 1210 Foundation Design I4GDES 1220 Foundation Design II4
ARTS 1710 Introduction to Art History I3ARTS 1720 Introduction to Art History II3
 14 14
Core Literature I (Humanities)13Core Literature II (Humanities)13
Core Social Science33Core Social Science33
GDES 2210 Graphic Processes4GDES 2230 Introduction to Graphic Design4
GDES 2220 Typographics I4Art History/Art/Design Elective3
ARTS 1730 Introduction to Art History III3Art History/Art/Design Elective3
 17 16
Core Math3Core History (Core Social Science)3
Core Science II44GDES 3210 Photo Design, 4640 Image I, or 4650 Image II4
GDES 3240 Interactive Media4GDES 4240 Graphic Design I4
GDES 3710 Graphic Design History4Art History/Art/Design Elective3
 Art History/Art/Design Elective3
 15 17
Core Social Science33Core Humanities (Philosophy)23
Core Fine Arts (Humanities)3GDES 4990 Senior Project for Graphic Des65
GDES 4250 Graphic Design II4GDES 4991 Research, Writing and Presentation1
Graphic Design Electives4Graphic Design Electives4
Elective 3UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 17 13
Total Hours: 123

See advisor for approved course listing.


For Core students must complete one approved sequence, either in Literature or History


Satisfies SLO 3 (PHIL 1100, PHIL 1010, PHIL 1020, PHIL 1030, PHIL 1040, PHIL 1050, PHIL 1060, PHIL 1070, PHIL 1080, PHIL 1090 or comparable Honors course or HONR 1007, HONR 1017).


Any Core Social Science course may be selected. See the 2015-16 Bulletin or an advisor for a list of approved choices.


Any Core Humanities course may be selected. See the 2015-16 Bulletin or an advisor for a list of approved choices.


Students must complete a sequence of Science courses.


Satisfies SLO 7, Oral Communication.