Graphic Design

The Master of Arts program in Graphic Design (MAGD) provides a professional education that prepares students with the technical and intellectual skills they need to meet the challenges of a diverse and ever-expanding design marketplace. Students learn to fully participate as designers in a rapidly-growing field that uses visual communication to influence and interpret culture.

Master of Arts in Graphic Design

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Degree Requirements: 12-24 courses, 36-73 credits maximum

Candidates for the master’s degree must complete a course of study consisting of 36-73 credits. Applicants possessing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design can typically complete their master's degree with 36 credits of graduate study (700-level or higher).

The letter "S" preceding a course number indicates a studio course. A studio fee is assessed for all studio courses.

Leveling Courses

Candidates who have not completed an undergraduate program of study substantially equivalent to the BFA in Graphic Design are required to complete leveling courses. The graduate program director evaluates the unique background of each student at the time of acceptance into the graduate program to determine the number and type of leveling courses that are required. Students may be required to complete up to 37 credits of leveling courses; most applicants will be able to waive some number of these based on professional background and prior academic experience. An additional 36 credits of graduate-level coursework is then required to earn the MAGD degree. Graduate students completing the leveling courses must maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to remain in good standing in the program. 

Graphic Design Leveling Courses (12 courses, 37 credits)

Students complete or waive the following courses:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The first part of the course will focus on the history of graphic design from prehistoric times to the Industrial Revolution, including the origins of graphic communications in the ancient world, the development of the alphabet and early printing and typography. The second portion will concentrate on the period from the late 19th century to the present, and will include the Arts and Crafts Movement, the various-isms and their influence on modern art, the Bauhaus and International Style, and contemporary visual systems and image making.

Prerequisites:

ADF S151 OR ADF S166

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will introduce students to the creative use of typography in the design process and will provide them with the skills, knowledge & terminology necessary to design with type.

Prerequisites:

ADG S201 and ADG S219

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This advanced course focuses on the translation of the historical knowledge and hand skills learned in Typography I into a digital format. Students will learn how to produce quality typography, as well as experiment with and explore letterform design and manipulation.

Prerequisites:

ADF S151 OR ADF S166

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Emphasizing the creative process from thumbnail to comprehensive, the course will also introduce the student to the language, tools, and techniques of the professional graphic designer. Attention will be paid to conceptualization, production and presentation in solving design problems. This course will expose students to a series of assignments designed to show step-by-step problem solving from observation and research, to the incorporation of these findings into the design of communication vehicles.

Prerequisites:

ADG S206 and ADG S219

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A continuation of the skills learned in Graphic Design I, involving projects that are broader in scope, more in-depth, and address societal issues.

Prerequisites:

ADG S219

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will introduce basic digital communication design skills to students in order to prepare them for more advanced study. The class will use a variety of industry standard software to structure digital content and understand how to communicate digitally. Information architecture, wire frames, interface design, user experience and web page layouts will be explored. The history, societal context and future of emerging media will be discussed.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this course students will learn the industry-standard software applications used by graphic designers. Through a series of technical and design problems, students will learn how and when to use specific software to produce their solutions and prepare portfolio-quality design.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Informing Design will give you the visual presentation skills necessary to succeed in the "real world" by helping you communicate more clearly to clients, make your ideas visual and vibrantly persuasive, and to make facts and data more accessible and interesting for all. This course on visualization will teach you to see with your eyes and not with your mind. You will learn how design visualizes what is happening all around us on a daily basis. We are connected as never before at speeds that challenge any status quo, and better equipped to capture data and make sense of it all. In the same way the iPhone made photographers out of all of us, this course will help you discover the designer in you, no matter what your field of study. Come collaborate with us! This class is open to all majors.

Prerequisites:

ADG S213 or Instructors Permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will cover the basics of web design and development technologies including the most up-to-date standards in coding and best practices. The objective is the development of advanced conceptual skills such as wire-framing, prototyping, usability testing, interactive philosophy, accessibility, project and content management. Students will learn industry-standard tools/frameworks and design practices for both online and mobile technologies. In addition students will end the course with enough knowledge to build a site, upload it and connect it to a domain of their choosing.

Prerequisites:

ADG S202, ADG S207, and ADG S219

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This continuation of Graphic Design I and II (ADG S206, 207) will concentrate on increasing sophistication in creative problem-solving abilities. Students will also develop an understanding of prepress terms and operations and the impact of technology on those operations. It will also provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enable students to make appropriate prepress decisions regarding more complex projects. Senior status preferred.

Prerequisites:

ADG S202 and ADG S207

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course explores the issues of customer experience and contemporary branding used to identify, establish and promote the business community. Specific emphasis will be placed on the analysis and development of corporate identity systems including the development of logotypes, signage systems, environmental graphics, websites, advertising and appropriate collateral materials.

Prerequisites:

ADG S202, ADG S207 and ADG S219

Credits:

3.00

Description:

A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

Graphic Design Core Requirements (8 courses, 24 credits)

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Everyone has a voice - in addition to audible voices, each designer has their own visual voice. In this class we find and fine-tune students' visual voices through exercises designed to discover the viewable threads that form and define what embodies a visual voice. The journey will take students through creating and analyzing their own work and the work of designers and artists in various fields of communication. The class will culminate in a personally designed and crafted book recording the experience.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this graduate studio, students will explore complex graphic design problems, particularly those requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. The goal of the course is to extend the student's viewpoint beyond simple one-dimensional solutions and to encourage thoughtful and inventive design, and innovative problem-solving.

Prerequisites:

ADG S820

Credits:

3.00

Description:

In this advanced-level studio, students will continue their exploration of the more complex graphic design projects begun in Graphic Design Graduate Studio I (ADG S820), with the emphasis on design problems requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. Students will be exposed to projects that encompass a broad variety of design circumstances, and they will be encouraged to guide clients to more inventive and unique solutions. Each project assigned has a student-generated component in its selected topic and scope. The formation of project details requires students to engage in considerable research prior to starting the application of design.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Developing and building an advanced comprehensive knowledge of fundamental skills in graphic design craft, enables students to apply them throughout their graduation coursework. Students will experience a series of rapid-fire exercises, including but not limited to, composition, color, understanding typography, and the application of the conceptual thought processes.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The Master's program in Graphic Design culminates in a thesis, an independent project based on an original idea designed and developed by the student in concert with a team of advisers. Thesis Research Studio requires the definition of a graphic design problem, research of case studies and visual works relevant to the thesis topic, and the creation of an outline for the thesis studio project. The class will culminate in the preparation of printed documentation, as well as an oral/visual presentation. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

Prerequisites:

ADG S840

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The Graphic Design Thesis is a focused independent project on a single original topic, developed by the student working in conjunction with a team of advisors. During this studio course students will test various formats for visualizing their thesis and will execute the design work necessary to realize their project. Emphasis will be placed on creative inquiry and the development of unique solutions that are conceptually strong and content rich. The final thesis will be comprised of the design project along with extensive written documentation. Students must demonstrate independence in relation to their own design process and the ability to realize a complex graphic design solution.

Prerequisites:

ADG S842

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This studio course represents the final phase of the thesis process. Having defined the design problem, completed the necessary research and finalized the design solution, the students will then document the process and project in written and visual form. Thesis documentation will consist of the visual manifestation of the design solution as well the professional level production of a printed, bound volume or other appropriate format in which the thesis project, research, and solution are presented in both text and images. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Discover connections where one least expects them. Through a series of exercises and assignments students will take on themes such as aesthetics, structure, context, deconstruction, and critical thinking while turning them into their own methodologies. Students will walk away knowing how to depend on their own thinking as a practical routine to tackle complex creative problems without the fear of being wrong.

Graphic Design Electives (4 courses, 12 credits)

Choose four courses from those listed below or, with approval from the MAGD Program Director, select graduate electives in other disciplines:

Prerequisites:

Consent of Program Director required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore areas within the graphic design field that they have not previously experienced. Interns will observe and participate in all office procedures permitted by their place of internship and will be required to maintain a journal of their observations and submit sample work. Required classroom seminars will reinforce new skills, share learning experiences, and answer questions or concerns. Students with prior extensive and documented work experience in the field may be exempt from the internship requirement, with the approval of the Masters in Graphic Design Program Director; however, such students will be required to substitute a 3-credit studio elective for the internship.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Concept-driven seminar with a focus on advertising. Instructor invites design professionals to work directly with students in class on unique assignments emphasizing innovation. Develops students' individual voices while introducing industry-standard techniques for contemporary visual communication. In-class Q&A between students and guests on concepting, self-promotion, and job-search. Establishes the professional parameters for a marketable online portfolio and updated design approaches for digital & print.

Prerequisites:

Program Director Consent Required

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Comprehending the significance of the rapidly changing field of graphic design will be addressed through relationships, processes and technologies as evidenced in the work of contemporary visionaries from a broad array of individuals using design as a part of their field of interest. With the emergence of the Digital/Information age, the opportunities for being informed and the importance of engaging collaborative relationships will be analyzed and utilized with the goal of connecting with the vast extended community we occupy.

Prerequisites:

Program Directors consent required

Credits:

1.00- 3.00

Description:

An independent Studio provides the student with the opportunity to examine an issue of interest that falls outside the parameters of the existing curricula. Students work one-on-one with a full-time faculty member to realize a particular and well defined goal. Proposals for Independent Studios must be approved by the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office in advance of the semester during which the work will be completed.

Thesis

The master’s program culminates in a final thesis project, an independent inquiry based on an original idea associated with a student’s chosen area of concentration. Graphic Design Thesis Research (ADG-S840), Thesis Studio (ADG-S842), and Thesis Documentation (ADG-S844) are the core courses in the master’s program curriculum sequence. Successful completion of Thesis Research is a prerequisite for enrollment in Thesis Studio and successful completion of Thesis Studio is likewise a prerequisite for enrollment in Thesis Documentation.

Portfolio Review and Thesis Exhibition

End-of-semester Portfolio Reviews are required of all master’s and pre-master’s students, as is participation in the Graduate Student Thesis Exhibition. Please note that degrees will not be awarded until all of these requirements have been successfully completed.

    Graphic Design Learning Goals & Objectives

    Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

    Learning Goals Learning Objectives
    Students should...
    Graduates should be able to...
    Learn to design with sophisticated skills and concept.
    • Display competencies in technical skills, aesthetic skills, multidisciplinary skills, and the development of curiosity through self-learning
    Innovate and contribute to the profession.
    • Demonstrate many skill based tasks (classic design skills such as the use of typography, composition, color) as well as the ever changing tasks students will be asked to use as professionals (such as video, animation, web and app design, environmental graphic design, packaging, and new digital media as it emerges).
    • Thrive in the highly competitive workplace and proliferate in innovative thinking during the thesis process.
    Develop a practical understanding of their potential in the professional workplace.
    • Demonstrate professional practices such as resume writing, presentation skills and project management.

    Graphic Design Graduate Courses

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The first part of the course will focus on the history of graphic design from prehistoric times to the Industrial Revolution, including the origins of graphic communications in the ancient world, the development of the alphabet and early printing and typography. The second portion will concentrate on the period from the late 19th century to the present, and will include the Arts and Crafts Movement, the various-isms and their influence on modern art, the Bauhaus and International Style, and contemporary visual systems and image making.

    Prerequisites:

    Senior BFA status

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This senior-year course is designed to provide final preparation for employment in the field of graphic design. In addition to helping each student develop a professional digital portfolio, the course will provide students with practical knowledge of the business aspects of graphic design, interviewing skills, resume preparation, personal branding and help students target internship opportunities for the following semester.

    Prerequisites:

    Senior BFA status.

    Credits:

    3.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Seniors are required to pursue an internship with a local graphic design firm, whose work is directly related to that student's intended area of professional concentration. Interns will observe and participate in all office procedures permitted by their place of internship and will be required to maintain a notebook of their observations. Required classroom seminars will reinforce new skills, share learning experiences and answer questions or concerns.

    Prerequisites:

    Consent of Program Director required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The student completes a directed study project under the supervision of a graphic design faculty member. All Directed Study request forms must be accompanied by a written proposal and schedule and must be approved by the faculty member, the Graphic Design Program Director, and the department Chair.

    Prerequisites:

    Independent Study Forms must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    An Independent Study provides the student with the opportunity to examine an issue of interest that falls outside the parameters of the existing curricula. The student will work on a one-on-one basis with a full-time faculty member to realize a particular and well-defined goal. All proposals for Independent Study must be approved by the Deans Office in advance of the semester during which the work will be completed.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The first part of this course will focus on the history of graphic design from prehistoric times to the Industrial Revolution, including the origins of graphic communications in the ancient world, the development of the alphabet and early printing methods, and typography. The second portion will concentrate on the period from the mid 19th-century to the present, and will include the Arts and Crafts Movement, the various 'isms' and their influence on modern art, the Bauhaus and International Style, and contemporary visual systems and image making.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to provide final preparation for employment in the field of graphic design. In addition to helping each student develop a professional portfolio, the course will provide students with practical knowledge of the business aspects of graphic design, interviewing skills, resume preparation, personal branding and help students target internship opportunities for the following semester.

    Prerequisites:

    Consent of Program Director required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an opportunity to explore areas within the graphic design field that they have not previously experienced. Interns will observe and participate in all office procedures permitted by their place of internship and will be required to maintain a journal of their observations and submit sample work. Required classroom seminars will reinforce new skills, share learning experiences, and answer questions or concerns. Students with prior extensive and documented work experience in the field may be exempt from the internship requirement, with the approval of the Masters in Graphic Design Program Director; however, such students will be required to substitute a 3-credit studio elective for the internship.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This international study course introduces students to Italian Renaissance art, artists and culture from the first evidence in the Italian Gothic (around the 1260s) to the Early and High Renaissance, predominantly in Florence and Venice, up to the 1600s. The course will survey the history of painting, sculpture, and architecture as works are studied individually, not only for their formal elements and visual importance, but also within their aesthetic, historic, political and cultural contexts. Class discussion and a visual analysis of works of art will encourage personal interpretation and critical thinking. This course is offered in conjunction with Italian Journal (ADG S702) on-site in Tuscany and Venice.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Everyone has a voice - in addition to audible voices, each designer has their own visual voice. In this class we find and fine-tune students' visual voices through exercises designed to discover the viewable threads that form and define what embodies a visual voice. The journey will take students through creating and analyzing their own work and the work of designers and artists in various fields of communication. The class will culminate in a personally designed and crafted book recording the experience.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Concept-driven seminar with a focus on advertising. Instructor invites design professionals to work directly with students in class on unique assignments emphasizing innovation. Develops students' individual voices while introducing industry-standard techniques for contemporary visual communication. In-class Q&A between students and guests on concepting, self-promotion, and job-search. Establishes the professional parameters for a marketable online portfolio and updated design approaches for digital & print.

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An Independent Study provides the student with the opportunity to examine an issue of interest that falls outside the parameters of the existing curricula. Students work one-on-one with a full-time faculty member to realize a particular and well-defined goal. Proposals for Independent Studies must be approved by the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office in advance of the semester during which the work will be completed.

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 OR ADF S166

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce students to the creative use of typography in the design process and will provide them with the skills, knowledge & terminology necessary to design with type.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 and ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This advanced course focuses on the translation of the historical knowledge and hand skills learned in Typography I into a digital format. Students will learn how to produce quality typography, as well as experiment with and explore letterform design and manipulation.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on the multi-disciplinary nature of the graphic design profession and the designer as a visual communicator, critical thinker and problem solver. Students will be exposed to a series of outside topics to which they will apply design solutions, mirroring the range of fields in which designers today are employed.

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 OR ADF S166

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Emphasizing the creative process from thumbnail to comprehensive, the course will also introduce the student to the language, tools, and techniques of the professional graphic designer. Attention will be paid to conceptualization, production and presentation in solving design problems. This course will expose students to a series of assignments designed to show step-by-step problem solving from observation and research, to the incorporation of these findings into the design of communication vehicles.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S206 and ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the skills learned in Graphic Design I, involving projects that are broader in scope, more in-depth, and address societal issues.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce basic digital communication design skills to students in order to prepare them for more advanced study. The class will use a variety of industry standard software to structure digital content and understand how to communicate digitally. Information architecture, wire frames, interface design, user experience and web page layouts will be explored. The history, societal context and future of emerging media will be discussed.

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S102

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the skills necessary for meeting client's illustration needs in a variety of media appropriate to their context. Emphasis will be placed on developing the ability to draw real objects and real people while advancing a personal style. Students will be challenged to engage in visual research, thumbnailing and rendering, in order to present their ideas and concepts for their illustrations.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course students will learn the industry-standard software applications used by graphic designers. Through a series of technical and design problems, students will learn how and when to use specific software to produce their solutions and prepare portfolio-quality design.

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor Permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This faculty-led study abroad course introduces the skills necessary for meeting clients' illustration needs in a variety of media appropriate to context. Florence, Italy and its environs will serve as the subject matter and catalyst in developing the ability to draw objects, i.e. architecture, people and landscape while advancing a personal style. Study will begin with a pre-departure journal/book binding workshop at Suffolk University and then to the outdoors in and around Florence, Italy, Tuscan hill towns and the Veneto, where students will explore basic illustration styles, methods and techniques. Specific locations may vary.

    Prerequisites:

    Take ADG-S202

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to build on core typography knowledge and further students' understanding of the conceptual possibilities of using type in design. Advanced typographic problems requiring the implementation of both traditional and alternative methods will facilitate a deeper exploration of modern communication issues including layered hierarchies, type in motion, typographic voice and illustration.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201, ADG S206 and ADG S219 OR Instructor Permission.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will study the evolution and history of packaging design, discuss philosophies, learn industry terminology and examine contemporary designs. Using case studies, students will analyze the package design process from concept to production and over the course of the semester, develop a line of packaging and supporting marketing materials for one brand. Guest lectures and field trips will supplement readings and in-class discussions, which will address brand extension and consistency, packaging templates, professional procedures, product photography and printing.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Informing Design will give you the visual presentation skills necessary to succeed in the "real world" by helping you communicate more clearly to clients, make your ideas visual and vibrantly persuasive, and to make facts and data more accessible and interesting for all. This course on visualization will teach you to see with your eyes and not with your mind. You will learn how design visualizes what is happening all around us on a daily basis. We are connected as never before at speeds that challenge any status quo, and better equipped to capture data and make sense of it all. In the same way the iPhone made photographers out of all of us, this course will help you discover the designer in you, no matter what your field of study. Come collaborate with us! This class is open to all majors.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S207 and ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this class, students will study contemporary models of inspiring change through branding, systems design, and product design, and explore how design can have an impact in raising awareness and funding for social, environmental, political, and health issues. Students will work on several integrated design campaigns projects focused in social innovation, design of community, connected to health, and environmental impact to learn how to identify the opportunities to inspire change through design, and how to leverage print, social media, new fundraising tools, and online resources to create a successful effort. Students will also explore successful case studies in cause-related design.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S219 or Instructor Permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this class, students will study contemporary models of inspiring change through branding, systems design, and product design, and explore how design can have an impact in raising awareness and funding for social, environmental, political, and health issues. Students will work on several integrated design campaigns projects focused in social innovation, design of community, connected to health, and environmental impact to learn how to identify the opportunities to inspire change through design, and how to leverage print, social media, new fundraising tools, and online resources to create a successful effort. Students will also explore successful case studies in cause-related design.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S202 and ADG S207 and ADG S219 or Instructor's Consent.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will focus on the skills necessary to create text-heavy. The goals of this course are three-fold: to further enhance the understanding of typography, to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to design publications for either a digital or print environment, and to integrate the students' own art and/or photography in their work.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S213 or Instructors Permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will cover the basics of web design and development technologies including the most up-to-date standards in coding and best practices. The objective is the development of advanced conceptual skills such as wire-framing, prototyping, usability testing, interactive philosophy, accessibility, project and content management. Students will learn industry-standard tools/frameworks and design practices for both online and mobile technologies. In addition students will end the course with enough knowledge to build a site, upload it and connect it to a domain of their choosing.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S202, ADG S207, and ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This continuation of Graphic Design I and II (ADG S206, 207) will concentrate on increasing sophistication in creative problem-solving abilities. Students will also develop an understanding of prepress terms and operations and the impact of technology on those operations. It will also provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enable students to make appropriate prepress decisions regarding more complex projects. Senior status preferred.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S344

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the concepts and skills developed in Graphic Design III and their application to more complex, multi-pieced, in-depth projects including a final capstone project.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201, ADG S206, and ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students meet community needs by engaging in service-learning outside the classroom. This course is designed to further explore software applications for specific and experimental effects. It aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to choose the appropriate software application and to execute the desired design, focusing on the design itself rather than on the limitations of computer programs. The course also focuses on solving the technical and production problems when preparing artwork electronically for printing. Students will use industry-standard software.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S202 and ADG S207

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores the issues of customer experience and contemporary branding used to identify, establish and promote the business community. Specific emphasis will be placed on the analysis and development of corporate identity systems including the development of logotypes, signage systems, environmental graphics, websites, advertising and appropriate collateral materials.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S202, ADG S207 and ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S213 or Instructor Permission Laptop with software Adobe Xd &/or Sketch installed required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    UX, User Experience explores the process of enhanced customer satisfaction and loyalty through user-centered interactive design. Data research, prototyping, testing and project implementation are covered. Design-field best practices are employed including typography, composition, and color theory to prepare students for their professional futures.

    Prerequisites:

    Senior BFA standing required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Thesis Studio involves the application of previously learned studio skills in a detailed investigation of a design project relating to the student's intended professional area of specialization. Normally offered spring semester.

    Prerequisites:

    Consent of Program Director required.

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    The student completes a directed studio project under the supervision of a graphic design faculty member. All Directed Studio request forms must be accompanied by a written proposal and schedule and must be approved by the faculty member, the Graphic Design Program Director, and the department Chair.

    Prerequisites:

    Consent of Program Director required.

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    In an Independent Studio/Study, the student works in an independent fashion, pursuing an area of study that is outside the scope of existing curricula. Independent Study Forms must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office for approval in addition to the departmental for approval.

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S151 or ADF S166

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce students to the creative use of typography in the design process and will provide them with the skills and knowledge necessary to accurately specify and render type.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 OR ADG S601 AND ADG S219 OR ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This advanced course focuses on the translation of the historical knowledge and hand skills learned in Basic Typography into a digital format. Students will learn how to produce quality typography, as well as experiment with and explore letterform design manipulation.

    Prerequisites:

    ADF S551 OR ADF S151 OR ADF S166

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Emphasizing the creative process from thumbnail to comprehensive, this course will also introduce the student to the language, tools, and techniques of the professional graphic designer. Attention will be paid to conceptualization, production and presentation in solving design problems. This course will expose the student to a series of assignments designed to show step-by-step problem solving from observation and research, to the incorporation of these findings into the design of communication vehicles.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S206 OR ADG S606 AND ADG S219 OR ADGS 619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the skills learned in Graphic Design I, involving projects that are broader in scope, more in-depth, and address societal issues.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S219 OR ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will introduce basic web site design and creation skills to students in order to prepare them for more advanced study in Web Design II. The class will use a variety of industry standard software to design and create basic working websites. Students will learn HTML, XHTML and CSS. JavaScript, Flash and Action Scripting will be discussed and presented as supplemental tools. Information architecture, wire frames, interface design, user experience and web page layouts will be explored in depth. The history, societal context and future of new media will be discussed throughout the semester.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course students will learn the major software applications used by graphic designers, such as Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Through a series of problems, students will learn how and when to use specific software to produce their solutions and prepare portfolio-quality design. Intended for majors only. Normally offered Fall semester.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed for Master's candidates selected by the program director. The focus of Master's Prep I is for students to develop comprehensive knowledge of the basic skills required of graphic designers. In this class students will complete a series of rapid-fire exercises including, but not limited to, the following: composition, color, understanding type and its application and story communication. Although conceptual thinking is not the primary focus of the course, at the end of each exercise, students will have the opportunity to reflect upon the conceptual thought processes involved in their assignments. The goal of Master's Prep I is to develop and ingrain these fundamental skills in design craft, enabling students to apply them to the projects throughout their graduation coursework.

    Prerequisites:

    ADI S602 OR ADI S202; ADG S607 OR ADG S207; ADG S619 OR ADG S219

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This continuation of Graphic Design I and II will concentrate on increasing sophistication in creative problem-solving abilities. The course will also develop a solid understanding of prepress terms and operations and the impact of technology on those operations. It will also provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enable students to make appropriate prepress decisions regarding more complex projects.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S344 or ADG-S644

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A continuation of the concepts and skills developed in Graphic Design III and their application to more complex, multi-pieced, in-depth projects.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S639 or instructor's permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is about discovering connections where one least expects them. It is about thinking as a journey into the unforeseen possibilities of sense and meaning. Through a series of exercises and assignments students will take on themes such as aesthetics, structure, context, deconstruction, and critical thinking and turn them into their own methodologies: How things are relationships of meaning, how form is the power of the surface, how context is the stage for sense, how sense is revived by taking things apart, and finally how critical thinking beheads the dragon of ideological tyranny. To be able to play this game, students are expected to possess the craft learned in Master's Prep I and apply it intuitively. This course will make a permanent mark on creative minds that don't need a muse to be free. Students will walk away knowing how to depend on their own thinking as a practical routine to tackle complex creative problems without the fear of being wrong.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 or ADG S601, ADG S202 or ADG S606, ADG S219 or ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to further explore software applications for specific and experimental effects. It aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to choose the appropriate software application and to execute the desired design, focusing on the design itself rather than on the limitations of the computer programs. The course also focuses on solving the technical and production problems when preparing artwork electronically for printing. Software applications include Adobe Creative Suite: InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

    Prerequisites:

    instructor's consent required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to build on core typography knowledge and further students' understanding of the conceptual possibilities of using type in design. Advanced typographic problems requiring the implementation of both traditional and alternative methods will facilitate a deeper exploration of modern communication issues including layered hierarchies, type in motion, typographic voice and illustration.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S201 or ADG S601 AND ADG S206 or ADG S606 AND ADG S219 or ADG S619 OR Instructor Permission.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this course, students will study the evolution and history of packaging design, discuss philosophies, learn industry terminology and examine contemporary designs. Using case studies, students will analyze the package design process from concept to production and over the course of the semester. Brand extension and consistency, packaging templates, professional procedures, product photography and printing will also be discussed.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S607 AND ADG-S619;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this class, students will study contemporary models of inspiring change through branding, systems design, and product design, and explore how design can have an impact in raising awareness and funding for social, environmental, political, and health issues. Students will work on three integrated design campaigns projects focused in social innovation, design of community, connected to health, and environmental impact to learn how to identify the opportunities to inspire change through design, and how to leverage print, social media, new fundraising tools, and online resources to create a successful effort. Students will also explore successful case studies in cause-related design.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This class will focus on learning and using specific software to create moving graphics that are geared toward being broadcast on television, web or film. Students will create time-based works such as title sequences, ads, and videos that they art direct. In the very near future, motion design will be a necessary skill for designers to compete in the marketplace. Motion design can be applied to many areas of graphic design from on-screen presentation to environmental design. During the class, students will build their motion design portfolio that will give them an edge above conventional print and web designers.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S601, ADG S607, and ADG S619

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will focus on the skills necessary to create publications such as books, magazines, annual reports and catalogs. The goals of this course are three-fold: to further enhance the understanding of typography in regard to publications, to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to design publications for either a print or digital environment, and to integrate the students' own art and/or photography in their work.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S213 or ADG-S613;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is intended as a continuation of the experience gained in Web Design I. The objective of the course is the development of advanced conceptual skills such as prototyping, usability testing, interactive philosophy, accessibility, project and content management. Students will further develop their professional multimedia skills by working with HMTL, XHMTL, CSS and other industry-standard tools. JavaScript will be discussed and we will use Flash for animation and video. Current techniques for distributions on mobile devices will be explored. Software that will be used during the class will include Dreamweaver, Flash, and other professional level software tools.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG-S202 or ADG-S602; ADG-S207 or ADG-S607;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores the issues of contemporary branding used to identify, establish and promote the business community. Specific emphasis will be placed on the analysis and development of corporate identity systems including the development of logotypes, stationary, signage systems, marketing collateral/advertising/direct mail campaign development, environmental graphics, and websites . Normally offered fall semester.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A cross disciplinary course bringing together interior design students and graphic design students at the Masters level to collaborate on problem solving in the visual and built environments. In the studio, students will be exposed to design issues and problems, both experiential and graphic. Students will be working in teams bringing new insight to solutions for a variety of client/project types. Field trips to fabricators, professional firms and EGD sites will be included. This is a survey class designed to introduce students to ways of producing three-dimensional graphic design projects within the built environment.

    Prerequisites:

    Restricted to MA-Graphic Design students; Instructor consent required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    UX, User Experience explores the process of enhanced customer satisfaction and loyalty through user-centered interactive design. Data research, prototyping, testing and project implementation are covered. Design-field best practices are employed including typography, composition, and color theory to prepare students for their professional futures.

    Prerequisites:

    Program Director Consent Required

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Comprehending the significance of the rapidly changing field of graphic design will be addressed through relationships, processes and technologies as evidenced in the work of contemporary visionaries from a broad array of individuals using design as a part of their field of interest. With the emergence of the Digital/Information age, the opportunities for being informed and the importance of engaging collaborative relationships will be analyzed and utilized with the goal of connecting with the vast extended community we occupy.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this graduate studio, students will explore complex graphic design problems, particularly those requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. The goal of the course is to extend the student's viewpoint beyond simple one-dimensional solutions and to encourage thoughtful and inventive design, and innovative problem-solving.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S820

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    In this advanced-level studio, students will continue their exploration of the more complex graphic design projects begun in Graphic Design Graduate Studio I (ADG S820), with the emphasis on design problems requiring a multi-disciplinary approach. Students will be exposed to projects that encompass a broad variety of design circumstances, and they will be encouraged to guide clients to more inventive and unique solutions. Each project assigned has a student-generated component in its selected topic and scope. The formation of project details requires students to engage in considerable research prior to starting the application of design.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Developing and building an advanced comprehensive knowledge of fundamental skills in graphic design craft, enables students to apply them throughout their graduation coursework. Students will experience a series of rapid-fire exercises, including but not limited to, composition, color, understanding typography, and the application of the conceptual thought processes.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Master's program in Graphic Design culminates in a thesis, an independent project based on an original idea designed and developed by the student in concert with a team of advisers. Thesis Research Studio requires the definition of a graphic design problem, research of case studies and visual works relevant to the thesis topic, and the creation of an outline for the thesis studio project. The class will culminate in the preparation of printed documentation, as well as an oral/visual presentation. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S840

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The Graphic Design Thesis is a focused independent project on a single original topic, developed by the student working in conjunction with a team of advisors. During this studio course students will test various formats for visualizing their thesis and will execute the design work necessary to realize their project. Emphasis will be placed on creative inquiry and the development of unique solutions that are conceptually strong and content rich. The final thesis will be comprised of the design project along with extensive written documentation. Students must demonstrate independence in relation to their own design process and the ability to realize a complex graphic design solution.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG 840

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    This course is a continuation of Graphic Design Thesis Studio ADG S842. If a student is unable to complete any phase of the Thesis sequence within a single semester and subsequently registers for a continuation of that phase, s/he may enroll for a combined total of no more than 3 credits of such continuations of that phase in order to complete the required coursework (Research, Studio or Documentation). These continuation courses may be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credits. The amount of in class/contact time will be reflected in the credit hours selected.

    Prerequisites:

    ADG S842

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This studio course represents the final phase of the thesis process. Having defined the design problem, completed the necessary research and finalized the design solution, the students will then document the process and project in written and visual form. Thesis documentation will consist of the visual manifestation of the design solution as well the professional level production of a printed, bound volume or other appropriate format in which the thesis project, research, and solution are presented in both text and images. All students are required to attend meetings outside of the scheduled class time for one on one instruction with their professor/adviser.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Discover connections where one least expects them. Through a series of exercises and assignments students will take on themes such as aesthetics, structure, context, deconstruction, and critical thinking while turning them into their own methodologies. Students will walk away knowing how to depend on their own thinking as a practical routine to tackle complex creative problems without the fear of being wrong.

    Prerequisites:

    Program Directors consent required.

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    Students complete a Directed Studio project under the supervision of a full-time faculty member. All Directed Studio request forms must be accompanied by a written proposal and schedule, and must be approved by the faculty member, the Graduate Program Director and the Department Chair.

    Prerequisites:

    Program Directors consent required

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    Description:

    An independent Studio provides the student with the opportunity to examine an issue of interest that falls outside the parameters of the existing curricula. Students work one-on-one with a full-time faculty member to realize a particular and well defined goal. Proposals for Independent Studios must be approved by the College of Arts & Sciences Dean's Office in advance of the semester during which the work will be completed.