Graphic Design Courses

 AGD 1000 DESIGN PRODUCTION (3 s.h.)

A freshman-level introduction to graphic design print production vocabulary and techniques, both traditional and digital. The course includes introductory tutorials on three of the Adobe Creative Cloud programs—InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator—to provide fundamentals of the software prior to the subsequent graphic design and imaging studio courses within the B.F.A. in Graphic Design curriculum.

Prerequisite: none


AGD 2000 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO I (3 s.h.)

Introductory studio in fundamental two-dimensional concepts of graphic design. Basic design principles and invention of form within contexts relevant to design of communication of information, concepts and/or emotions. Project assignments will coincide with lectures and tutorials, and will enable students to develop critical thinking and visual problem solving skills.

Prerequisites: AGD 1000, 2010, 2030, 3010, ARH 2530, ART 1010, 1020, and 2030, or permission of the instructor


AGD 2010 TYPOGRAPHY I (3 s.h.)

Typography is a medium of visual communication. Student exercises focus on type as image and the relationship between visual and verbal language, the expressive characteristics of letterforms, and type design classifications. Course covers type terminology, typographic design and production history, and current methods/tutorials for professional typography.

Prerequisites: AGD 1000, 2030, ART 1010, 1020, 2030, or permission of the instructor


AGD 2020 IMAGING FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN I (3 s.h.)

Introduction to the technical and formal issues of photography and illustration processes as they relate to visual communications, terminology, and photographic history within the context of graphic design. Introduction to raster imaging/manipulation for print and screen.

Prerequisites: AGD 1000, 2010, 2030, 3010, ARH 2530, ART 1010, 1020, 2030, or permission of the instructor


AGD 2030 FOUNDATIONS III 3-D DESIGN (3 s.h.)

Emphasis on experimentation with design and materials as related to the exploration of volume and space in three dimensions. Projects involve sculptural objects and architectural and environmental design. Studio projects will be completed outside of class.

Prerequisites: AGD 1000, ARH 2530, ART 1010, 1020, 2030, or permission of the instructor


AGD 2040 HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN (3 s.h.)

Survey of the inventions, movements, designs, and individuals that have international historical significance and influence in the development of visual communications. Concentration on late 19th and 20th centuries.

Prerequisite: none; but ARH 2530 and 2540 recommended


AGD 2050 TYPOGRAPHY II (3 s.h.)

Builds upon and relies on vocabulary, experimentation, and projects from AGD 2010 and thoroughly covers combining of typeface designs. More advanced, multi-page documents, kinetic type, motion graphics, and broadcast typography projects.

Prerequisites: AGD 1000, 2010, 2030, ART 1010, 1020, 2030, or permission of the instructor


AGD 3000 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO II (3 s.h.)

Intermediate course in the principles and vocabulary of graphic design and visual communications. Builds on AGD 2000 in project complexity and develops analytical and intuitive approaches to problem solving based on needs/desires of audience. Oral presentation and design vocabulary reinforced with project critiques.

Prerequisites: AGD 1000, 2000, 2010, 2020, 2030, 3010, ARH 2530, ART 1010, 1020, 2030, or permission of the instructor


AGD 3010 B.F.A. PORTFOLIO REVIEW (1 s.h.)

Seminar-style classes provide guidance with documentation of artwork and presentation format for the portfolio submission. Guest speakers and/or presentations provide information related to the portfolio packet, eventual career paths and exhibition issues. Portfolio is due and evaluated by Art Department faculty at the end of the 10th week of the semester.

Prerequisites: AGD 1000, 2030, ARH 2530, ART 1010, 1020, 2030, or permission of the instructor


AGD 3020 IMAGING FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN II (3 s.h.)

Intermediate digital photography and imaging as they relate to visual communication design. Studio lighting techniques explored for portraits, products and other tabletop setups.

Prerequisites: AGD 1000, 2000, 2010, 2020, 2030, 3010, ARH 2530, ART 1010, 1020, 2030, or permission of the instructor


AGD 3030 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO III (3 s.h.)

Advanced design problems with emphasis on design systems and experimentation with various media/vehicles for the communication of creative solutions. Projects focus on appropriateness to specific audiences through the role of context in the interpretation of form.

Prerequisites: AGD 3000, 3010, 3020, or permission of the instructor


AGD 3040 INTERNSHIP IN THE ARTS (3 s.h.)

The internship is designed as a seminar while providing an experiential learning opportunity to integrated graphic design theory and practice through on-the-job experience. The intern will be placed in a professional setting for observation and supervised design-related duties during the summer term. The intern will work for a total of 90 hours. The seminar component of the course will provide opportunities to meet, discuss, and share topics of the work place experiences. This internship may be a non-salaried opportunity for students to observe, examine, and participate in the creative dynamics and procedural operations of an art organization, arts-related business, professional studio, agency, or with an expert crafts worker. Sponsor supervised. (4-8 hours per week.) Can be up to two sponsors.

Prerequisites: AGD 3000, 3010, 3020, Junior status within B.F.A. major, 3.0 GPA or better, and written consent of the instructor, department chair and the sponsor
Offered: as needed


AGD 3050 IMAGING FOR GRAPHIC DESIGN III (3 s.h.)

Creative development, design, and structuring of interactive design concentrating on a self-branded and hosted portfolio website. Topics include animation, motion graphics, web design and approaches to the organization of content.

Prerequisites: AGD 3000, 3010, 3020, or permission of the instructor


AGD 4000 GRAPHIC DESIGN STUDIO IV (CAPSTONE) (3 s.h.)

Advanced level of graphic design problem solving that concentrates on the relationship between message and media, and the exploration of both digital and traditional production techniques. Studio projects include problems integrating typographic, photographic, and historical concepts in graphics communication for both print and interactive designs.

Prerequisites: AGD 3030, 3050, or permission of the instructor


AGD 4010 GRAPHIC DESIGN WORKSHOP (3 s.h.)

The primary mission of the Graphic Design Workshop is twofold; first, to provide students with professional experience and business knowledge, second, to perform a community service to local and regional non-profit organizations. Under the guidance of faculty, students are responsible for direct client contact, design, illustration, photography, market research, media placement, and/or production schedules. (In most cases, these organizations economically would be unable to utilize the resources of ad agencies and design firms.) This is an advanced-level studio requiring independent solving of “real-world” design problems, as well as other advanced, multi-component team-based class projects.

Prerequisites: AGD 3000, 3020, or permission of the instructor


AGD 4020 B.F.A. SENIOR EXHIBIT (CAPSTONE) (1 s.h.)

Candidates will prepare, install, and exhibit a body of work to fulfill the B.F.A. exit requirement.

Prerequisites: senior status, AGD 3010, 3030, 3050, and concurrently enrolled in the final courses in the major area. AGD 4020 and ART 4010 are taught with concurrent enrollment required.