This major is an exciting addition to the department and the division as it combines a strong background in aesthetic principles, art history and traditional artistic expression with the technical and practical applications within modern communication forms. The graphic design explosion in recent years is directly attributed to the rise of the Internet. and the myriad of new graphic formats that medium allows. The major is designed to allow students to develop skills and enhance their artistic talents, providing them with a firm basis for direct employment opportunities as graphic designers in a multitude of media environments, or for going on to graduate studies in one or more of these areas.
Students will first learn the basic concepts of 2-D, then 3-D design in both drawing and computer formats, as they are simultaneously exposed to the rich history of artistic expression in art history classes. They will also take various courses within the Communication Arts Department to gain familiarity with modern mass media and to strengthen their computer and desktop publishing skills. The advanced courses allow for individual expression and provide real world problems in the execution of assignments that will form the student's portfolio upon completion of the degree. The combination of courses within the two departments will ensure the students majoring in graphic design receive a broad background based in classic design principles but that is executed in modern computer applications. Our eighteen station Mac lab with color laser printer, flatbed and film scanners and the latest graphic software is the primary work space for students in this major.