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Graphic Design

Students working on computers

Commercial applications of the visual arts attract students who major in graphic design. The graphic designer helps society clarify its messages. Students learn to speak in this visual language of type, color, image and text in an articulate and responsive manner. The fine art background of the core courses helps to focus and inform all design practice.

Graphic design at St. Ambrose is taught by professional designers. They teach students letter form and color choices; historical influences in the creation of original design products; and how to analyze the needs of their client and respond with personal image-making skills.

Click here to see examples of student work from the SAU Art Department. (Requires Flash plug-in.)


Requirements for a major in Graphic Design (22 credits)

Majors also must satisfy general art requirements.

ART 205 Studio Fundamentals: Computers in Art
+ART 208 Studio Fundamentals: 3-D Design
ART 210 Graphic Design I
ART 310 Graphic Design II
ART 311 Typography
WI-ART 410 Graphic Design III  

Plus six credits from the following:
+ART 232 Photography I or +ART 233 Photography I - Film
ART 306 Illustration
ART 403 Professional Practices
ART 411 Web Design

Three additional credits of art or art history, with the option of taking ART 401 Senior Honors: Graphic Design (1 credit).

Students must receive a B or above in ART 205.

+ = satisfies General Education requirement
WI = writing intensive