Design - Graphic Design Emphasis, BA/BS

  

Program Description

This program spans all forms of visual communication with a unique tie to emerging technologies. Students can choose from three emphasis areas, Graphic Design, Digital Design and Interaction Design. Courses teach students to work in both print and interactive mediums. Students learn to integrate Design Thinking and design theory with hands-on application both in and out of the classroom.

Program Curriculum

120 credits

DSU General Education Requirements

All DSU General Education requirements must be fulfilled. A previously earned degree may fulfill those requirements, but courses must be equivalent to DSU’s minimum General Education standards in American Institutions, English, and Mathematics.

General Education Core Requirements
English3-7
Mathematics3-5
American Institutions3-6
Life Sciences 3-10
Physical Sciences3-5
Laboratory Science0-1
Fine Arts3
Literature/Humanities3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Exploration 3-5
Bachelor of Arts: Foreign Language Requirement3-16
Complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits in a single foreign language, through earned credit (grade C or higher), credit by examination, or vertical credit from the courses listed on the GE Foreign Language Requirement page 1
- Complete a 2020 or higher foreign language course (grade C or higher)
- Complete a 3060 foreign language course listed below (grade C or higher)
- Receive 16 transfer credits for GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (8) in a single foreign language (grade C or higher)
OR
Complete a 1010 course listed below in a second foreign language (grade C or higher) AND one of the following:
1. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 FLATS exam credits for FLAT 1000 (8) and FLAT 2000 (4)
or
2. In a language not taught at DSU, receive 12 transfer credits articulated as GEFL 1000 (8) and GEFL 2000 (4) (all grade C or higher)
OR
Available only to students who are nonnative English speakers, complete one of the following:
- Complete 16 credits of ESL courses listed below (grade B or higher)
- Complete ESL 2750 or ESL 2760 (grade B or higher).
- Submit one of the following test scores required for unconditional DSU admission: TOEFL (61 iBT, 173 CBT, or 500 PBT); or Michigan (70); or USU-IELE equivalent score. Other tests may be accepted for admission to DSU but will not fulfill this requirement. Official scores must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.
Total Hours3-16

Design Core Requirements

ART 11303-Dimensional Design I3
ARTH 3750Graphic Design History3
DES 1100Intro to Digital Design3
DES 1200Image Making3
DES 1300Design I3
DES 2100Design Thinking3
DES 2200Photography for Design3
DES 2300Design II3
DES 2710Typography I3
DES 3000Design III3
DES 4600Senior Project3
ENGL 2100Technical Writing (ALCS)3
or ENGL 3010 Professional Writing and Business Ethics
MATH 1050College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA)4
SE 1400Web Design Fundamentals (ALCS)3

Graphic Design Emphasis Requirements

DES 3710Typography II3
DES 3780Production Design3
DES 3800Branding3
DES 4650Publication Design3
DES 4750Package Design3
Complete fifteen credits (15) of the following courses:15
Digital Photography (FA)
Intro to Printmaking
Intermediate Digital Photography
Creative Perspective Drawing
Fundamentals of Programming
Adobe InDesign Certification
Adobe Illustrator Certification
Adobe Photoshop Certification
Screen Printing
Intro to Tangible Interaction
Motion Graphics I
Information Design
Interface Design
3-D Visualization
Interaction Design
Tangible Interaction
Motion Graphics II
Independent Research
DES 4920
Special Topics in Design
User Experience Design
Tech Entrepreneurship
Online Marketing and SEO (ALCS)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete a minimum of 120 college-level credits (1000 and above).
  2. Complete at least 40 upper-division credits (3000 and above).
  3. Complete at least 30 upper-division credits at DSU for institutional residency
  4. Cumulative GPA 2.0 or higher.
  5. Grade C or higher required in all design courses

Graduation Plan

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
First Year Recommended Elective 2
DES 1100 Intro to Digital Design 3
DES 1200 Image Making 3
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing (EN) 3
MATH 1050 College Algebra / Pre-Calculus (MA) 4
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor. Maintain minimum prerequisite and program grade requirements.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
DES 1300 Design I 3
DES 2100 Design Thinking 3
SE 1400 Web Design Fundamentals (ALCS) 3
ENGL 2010 Interm Writing Selected Topics: (EN) 3
General Education (Fine Arts) 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor. Maintain minimum prerequisite and program grade requirements.  
 Hours15
2nd Year
Fall Semester
DES 2200 Photography for Design 3
DES 2710 Typography I 3
General Education (American Institutions) 3
General Education (Life Science) 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor. Maintain minimum prerequisite and program grade requirements.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
ART 1130 3-Dimensional Design I 3
DES 2300 Design II 3
General Elective 3
General Education (Physical Science & Lab) 4
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor. Maintain minimum prerequisite and program grade requirements.  
 Hours16
3rd Year
Fall Semester
ARTH 3750 Graphic Design History 3
DES 3800 Branding 3
DES Elective: Upper Division 3
ENGL 2100
Technical Writing (ALCS)
or Professional Writing and Business Ethics
3
General Education (Social & Behavioral Sciences) 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor. Maintain minimum prerequisite and program grade requirements.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
DES 3000 Design III 3
DES 3780 Production Design 3
DES 4650 Publication Design 3
DES Elective: Upper Division 3
General Education (Literature & Humanities) 3
Milestones & Notes: Meet with your program advisor. Maintain minimum prerequisite and program grade requirements.  
 Hours15
4th Year
Fall Semester
DES 3710 Typography II 3
DES Elective: Upper Division 3
DES Elective: Upper Division 3
General Education (Exploration) 3
General Elective 3
Milestones & Notes: Apply for graduation (SPRING DEADLINE NOV. 1, FALL DEADLINE APR. 1). Meet with your program advisor. Maintain minimum prerequisite and program grade requirements.  
 Hours15
Spring Semester
DES 4600 Senior Project 3
DES 4750 Package Design 3
DES Elective: Upper Division 3
Upper Division Elective 3
General Elective 2
Milestones & Notes: Double check with advisor for final classes. Maintain minimum program grade requirements. Congratulations!  
 Hours14
 Total Hours120

Design Program Learning Outcomes

At the successful conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesize content into form using the design process.
  2. Consider different theories, design principles and processes in generating solutions.
  3. Weigh and apply ethical, legal, and social responsibilities in all aspects of practice.
  4. Construct effective solutions in teams to accomplish a common goal.
  5. Author effective visual, oral, and written communication for a range of audiences.