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Graphic Design (ArtGr)

200 |300 |400 |Graduate Courses |

Courses primarily for undergraduate students

ArtGr 270. Graphic Design Studio I. (0-6) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Dsn S 102 and Dsn S 131, enrollment in 275; admission to the graphic design program through department review. Basic design concepts and color principles used for visual communication.

ArtGr 271. Graphic Design Studio II. (0-6) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Art 230, ArtGr 270, 275, enrollment in 276. Principles of typographic composition, structure and hierarchy. Formal and conceptual principles of symbology.

ArtGr 275. Graphic Technology I. (0-4) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: enrollment in 270. Basic computer skills for graphic design.

ArtGr 276. Graphic Technology II. (1-2) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: 275, enrollment in 271. Color management, color theory and applications skills for graphic design.

ArtGr 291. Theories and Principles of Graphic Design. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Enrollment in 270. Historical, cultural, and social issues related to the practice of visual communication.

ArtGr 370. Graphic Design Studio III. (0-6) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 271, 276, enrollment in a 2-credit option; credit or enrollment in 387. Creation and design of images and symbols for communication. Application and integration of typography with images and symbols.

ArtGr 371. Graphic Design Studio IV. (0-6) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 370, 387, enrollment in a 2-credit option. Development and preparation of design concepts for application to the printing and electronic publishing process. Creative problem-solving skills, introduction to systems design.

ArtGr 372. Graphic Design Materials and Processes. (2-0) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 371. Lecture about the processes and materials involved in graphic design arts reproduction. Course covers pre-press, paper selection and specification, ink systems, type systems and fonts, output technology, printing presses and bindery operations.

ArtGr 377. Graphic Design Internship Seminar. (1-0) Cr. 1. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 370 or 371. Procedural and ethical concerns related to the graphic design internship. Personal goals, preparation of resume and plans for internship. Study and tours of areas of interest within the graphic design profession.

ArtGr 378. Critical Issues in Graphic Design. (2-0) Cr. 2. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 370. Lecture, discussion and writing about the critical issues facing the communications field today and in the future.

ArtGr 387. Graphic Design History/Theory/ Criticism I. (Dual-listed with 587). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Art H 280, 281, Dsn S 183. Late nineteenth century to the 1990s. This course will explore the cultural, social, political, industrial, and technological forces that have influenced the practice of graphic design in Britain, Europe, and the United States. Students will study the historical issues and problems facing designers, their clients, and their publics. Nonmajor graduate credit.

ArtGr 388. Graphic Design History/Theory/ Criticism II. (Dual-listed with 588). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Art H 281, Dsn S 183, or ArtGr 387. Critical issues that affect the contemporary practice of graphic design as it relates to the United States. Students will study a variety of issues that include, but are not exclusive to, new media, gender, class, design and the public sphere, design as social action, postmodern design theory, sustainability, and ethical practice. Nonmajor graduate credit.

ArtGr 470. Graphic Design Studio V. (0-6) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: 371, enrollment in a 2-credit option. Advanced design systems as applied to corporate identity and environmental graphic design. Symbology as an integrated component of communication systems.

ArtGr 472. Photographic Art Direction. (Dual-listed with 572). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: 471, 482, enrollment in 370 or 371, or 470 or 471. Photography as a graphic design component. Compositional and conceptual elements in photographic images. Must have a camera with adjustable shutter speeds and lens openings.

ArtGr 473. Time Based Multi-Media. (Dual-listed with 573). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: Enrollment in 370 or 371, or 470 or 482. The design of visual, aural and written communication for electronic media.

ArtGr 474. Exhibition Design. (Dual-listed with 574). (0-4) Cr. 2. F.S. Prereq: Enrollment in 370 or 371 or 470 or 482. Visual communication applied to exhibition design focusing on educational or interactive museum exhibitions, trade show booth design, and modular unit design for traveling exhibitions. Translation of graphic information to a three-dimensional space.

ArtGr 475. Advanced Typography. (Dual-listed with 575). (0-4) Cr. 2. F.S. Prereq: Enrollment in 370 or 371 or 470 or 482. Typographic theory exploring traditional and non-traditional forms, both historical and contemporary typographic achievements.

ArtGr 476. Graphic Design Methodology. (Dual-listed with 576). (0-4) Cr. 2. F.S. Prereq: Enrollment in 370 or 371 or 470 or 482. Analysis and application of scientific, systematic, and non-traditional problem-solving and problem-seeking techniques.

ArtGr 477. Graphic Design Practicum. (0-6) Cr. 2. F.S. Prereq: Enrollment in 370 or 371 or 470 or 482, portfolio review and permission of instructor. Graphic design outreach and problem solving. Individual and group projects for non-profit clients selected by the instructor.

ArtGr 478. Web Design for E-Commerce/Graphic Applications. (Dual-listed with 578). (0-4) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Enrollment in 370 or 371 or 470 or 482. The development of advanced and experimental web design for the applications of e-commerce, education and the communication of visual information.

ArtGr 479. Environmental Graphics. (Dual-listed with 579). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: Enrollment in 370 or 371 or 470 or 482. Functional and aesthetic implications of environmental communication. Way-finding systems such as transportation graphics, architectural signage. Environmental graphics for community or corporate identity systems.

ArtGr 480. Graphic Design Internship. (3-0) Cr. 3. SS. Prereq: 377, 12 credits in graphic design; permission of instructor, registration in advance of enrollment. Graphic design experience in an off-campus professional environment.

ArtGr 481. Graphic Design Professional Practices. (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 470. Professional design management: ethics, setting up a new business, client/designer relationships, contractual options, billing practices, and effective operating procedures.

ArtGr 482. Professional Presentation. (0-6) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: 470, enrollment in a 2-credit option. Exploration and development of the graphic design portfolio and resume in electronic, print, and photographic form.

ArtGr 484. Selected Studies in Graphic Design. (Dual-listed with 584). Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. Prereq: Permission of instructor. Special issues related to graphic design. Topics vary each time offered.

ArtGr 490. Independent Study. Cr. 1-6. Repeatable. Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment. Student must have completed related graphic design coursework appropriate to planned independent study. Offered on a graded basis or a satisfactory-fail basis.
A. Theory, Criticism, and Methodology
B. Two-Dimensional Design
C. Three-Dimensional Design
H. Honors
I. Internship/Cooperative (in-depth experience other than ArtGr 480)

ArtGr 491. Publication Design: Magazines. (Dual-listed with 591). (0-4) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 370. The philosophy, concepts and structures of magazine design.

ArtGr 492. Publication Design: Books. (Dual-listed with 592). (0-4) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Credit or enrollment in 371. The philosophy, concepts and structures of book design.

ArtGr 493. Workshop. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. Prereq: Evidence of satisfactory experience in area of specialization. Intensive 2 to 4 week studio exploration. Topics vary each time offered.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

ArtGr 570. Advanced Studies in Visual Communication. (0-6) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate classification in College of Design. Theory and investigation of systems, structures, principles of visual organization, and typography for communication. Studio problems will be influenced by social, cultural, environmental, or technological factors.

ArtGr 571. Signs, Symbols, Images. (0-6) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Graduate Classification in College of Design. Investigation and application of signs, symbols and semiotic theory for communication. Studio problems influenced by social, cultural, environmental, or technological factors.

ArtGr 572. Photographic Art Direction. (Dual-listed with 472). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: Graduate enrollment in College of Design. Photography as a graphic design component. Compositional and conceptual elements in photographic images. Must have a camera with adjustable shutter speeds and lens openings.

ArtGr 573. Time Based Multi-Media. (Dual-listed with 473). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: Graduate enrollment in College of Design. The design of visual, aural and written communication for electronic media.

ArtGr 574. Exhibition Design. (Dual-listed with 474). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: Graduate enrollment in College of Design. Visual communication applied to exhibition design focusing on educational or interactive museum exhibitions, trade show booth design, and modular unit design for traveling exhibitions. Translation of graphic information to a three-dimensional space.

ArtGr 575. Advanced Typography. (Dual-listed with 475). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: Graduate classification in College of Design. Typographic theory exploring traditional and non-traditional forms.

ArtGr 576. Graphic Design Methodology. (Dual-listed with 476). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: Graduate enrollment in College of Design. Analysis and application of scientific, systematic, and non-traditional problem-solving and problem-seeking techniques.

ArtGr 578. Design for E-Commerce/Graphic Applications. (Dual-listed with 478). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: Graduate enrollment in College of Design. The development of advanced and experimental web design for the applications of e-commerce, education and the communication of visual information.

ArtGr 579. Environmental Graphics. (Dual-listed with 479). (0-4) Cr. 2. Prereq: Graduate enrollment in College of Design. Functional and aesthetic implications of environmental communications. Way-finding systems such as transportation graphics, and architectural signage. Environmental graphics for community or corporate identity systems.

ArtGr 584. Selected Studies in Graphic Design. (Dual-listed with 484). Cr. arr. Repeatable. Prereq: Graduate classification in the College of Design. Special issues related to graphic design. Topics vary each time offered.

ArtGr 587. Graphic Design History/Theory/ Criticism I. (Dual-listed with 387). (3-0) Cr. 3. F. Prereq: Graduate classification. Late nineteenth century to the 1990's, this course will explore the cultural social, political, industrial, and technological forces that have influenced the practice of graphic design in Britain, Europe, and the United States. Students will study the historical issues and problems facing designers, their clients, and their publics.

ArtGr 588. Graphic Design History/Theory/ Criticism II. (Dual-listed with 388). (3-0) Cr. 3. S. Prereq: Graduate classification. Critical issues that affect the contemporary practice of graphic design as it relates to the United States. Students will study a variety of issues that include, but are not exclusive to, new media, gender, class, design and the public sphere, design as social action, postmodern design theory, sustainability, and ethical practice.

ArtGr 590. Special Topics. Cr. arr. Prereq: Bachelor's degree in graphic design, or evidence of satisfactory equivalency in specialized area. Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment.
A. Theory, Criticism, and Methodology
B. Two-Dimensional Design
C. Three-Dimensional Design

ArtGr 591. Publication Design: Magazines. (Dual-listed with 491). (0-4) Cr. 2. F. Prereq: Graduate enrollment in College of Design. The philosophy, concepts and structures of magazine design.

ArtGr 592. Publication Design: Books. (Dual-listed with 492). (0-4) Cr. 2. S. Prereq: Graduate enrollment in College of Design. The philosophy, concepts and structures of book design.

ArtGr 593. Workshop. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. Prereq: Graduate classification; evidence of satisfactory experience in area of specialization. Intensive 2 to 4 week studio exploration. Topics vary each time offered.

Courses for graduate students

ArtGr 672. Graphic Design and Human Interaction. (0-6) Cr. 3. F.S. Prereq: 570, 571, graduate enrollment in College of Design. Exploration and design of the interface/interaction with products, systems, and technologies of contemporary society and culture. Studio problems may involve such areas as: exhibition design, electronic interface design, wayfinding, packaging design, and publication design.

ArtGr 690. Advanced Topics. Cr. arr. Repeatable.

ArtGr 698. Current Issues in Graphic Design. Cr. 1-3. Repeatable. Prereq: Graduate enrollment in College of Design or permission of instructor. Selected issues in contemporary graphic design. Topics and readings vary each time offered.

ArtGr 699. Research. Cr. arr. Repeatable.
A. Thesis
B. Thesis-Exhibition