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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.

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Check out requirements of the Graphic Design minor and Design and Interactive Media minor.

 

Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Graphic Design (27 credits)

Majors also must satisfy general art requirements. (24 credits)

Required:
DSGN 220 Typography
DSGN 230 Digital Illustration
DSGN 420 Web Design
WI-ART 410 Professional Practices

Plus nine credits from the following:
+DSGN 240  Designing Data
DSGN 300 Advanced Special Topics
DSGN 310 Publication Design
DSGN 320 Experimental Typography
WI-DSGN 330 Branding and Identity Systems
DSGN 410 Design Studio
DSGN 430 Interaction Design
DSGN 499 Internship in Design

Three credits of 300 level art history

Three additional credits of art
(ART 220, ART 240, ART 290, and ART 360 are highly recommended)

Optional:
DSGN 400 Senior Honors: Graphic Design

Minor in Graphic Design (18 credits)


Required:
+ART 100 Drawing
+ART 200 2D Design
DSGN 210 Computers in Art
DSGN 220 Typography

Plus 6 credits from the following:
+ART 240 Digital Photography
+ART 290 Screen Printing
+ART 390 Letterpress
WI-ART 410 Professional Practices
DSGN 230 Digital Illustration 
DSGN 300 Special Topics
DSGN 310 Publication Design
WI-DSGN 330 Branding & Identity Systems
DSGN 420 Web Design
DSGN 430 Interaction Design
DSGN 499 Internship in Graphic Design

Minor in Design & Interactive Media (18 credits)

Beginning in Fall 2017, this new and compelling minor teaches students about the basic principles of graphic design while also providing a working knowledge of computer science. With this minor, you will gain the skills to develop integrative approaches to solving interactive media challenges using design and code.


Required:
DSGN 210 Computers in Art
+CSCI 140 Fundamentals of Computer Science
CSCI 330 Web Programming
DSGN 420 Web Design

Choose 6 credits:
+DSGN 240 Designing Data
+DSGN 300 Special Topics
DSGN 430 Interaction Design
CSCI 360 Database Management Systems

+ = satisfies General Education requirement
WI = writing intensive