Graphic Design

Graphic Design Major

Learn more about this major

Major Requirements: 28 courses, 88-89 credits

Core Requirements (22 courses, 67-68 credits)

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Observational drawing is a fundamental way of understanding and communicating visual experience. This course stresses the development and mastery of traditional drawing skills, concepts, and vocabulary, and employs a variety of techniques and materials. Fundamental principles are introduced in structured lessons and exercises, which are supplemented by related outside assignments. Subject matter may include still life, portraiture, and the clothed and unclothed human figure.

Prerequisites:

ADF S101 or Instructor approval; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course will refine the basic visual skills developed in Foundation Drawing I (ADF S101). The elements of color and mixed media are introduced to expand technical possibilities, while more intensive work with the clothed and unclothed human figure provides exposure to gesture, structure and complex form. As students begin to develop a more sophisticated and personal approach, issues of expression and interpretation and varied subject matter will be explored, focusing on personal style and expression.

Prerequisites:

ADF S166; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An understanding of form is critical to the development of the professional artist or designer. This course focuses on the hands-on use of line, plane, and volume in space. The role of scale, proportion, structure, surface, light, and display are addressed as students create objects that activate space and engage the viewer. The course proceeds from work with simple forms and techniques to more challenging and comprehensive problems that employ a variety of media and approaches.

Prerequisites:

ADF S166; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Digital visual image generation and modification, especially when combined with traditional hand techniques, are essential skills for artists and designers of the 21st century. This course introduces techniques of image capture, manipulation and output. Weekly and longer-length assignments will address creative and innovative idea generation using these approaches.

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The study of color and design is supportive of every studio discipline and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course emphasizes the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. Students employ an intensive, hands-on approach as they explore and master the elements of design (including line, shape, and value) and the three fundamental properties of color (hue, value, and strength). These skills are used in the construction of formally cohesive compositions, the development of arresting images, and the communication of visual ideas.

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This cross-disciplinary course will integrate the ideas and practices of two-dimensional design, color and drawing emphasis will be placed on understanding the creative process, exploring concepts and developing research skills. Students will undertake individual and collaborative projects in three spaces; the studio classroom, the digital world and the city at large.

Prerequisites:

ADF S101; Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This course builds on the Integrated Studio 1 experience: synthesizing fundamental visual ideas. IS 2 investigates the construction, documentation, and transformation of volumetric form, environmental space, and time. Projects will explore narrative strategies and the creation of immersive experiences. Students will develop critical and analytical skills while employing a range of traditional and digital media as they explore the creative boundaries of the classroom studio, the city of Boston, and virtual space.

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.

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:

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.

Choose one of the following:

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:

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.

Art History Requirement (3 courses, 12 credits)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys the art of Western civilization from prehistoric caves to medieval cathedrals. Considers works from the Ancient Near East, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece and Rome, the Byzantine Era, the Romanesque Period, and the Gothic Period in their historical contexts. Introduces students to formal analysis, iconography, and critical thinking.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys the art of Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Considers work of painting, sculpture, and architecture from periods such as the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Abstract Impressionism, and Post-Modernism in their historical contexts. Introduces students to formal analysis, iconography, and critical thinking.

Choose one additional Art History course.

Studio Electives (3 courses, 9 credits)

Choose three of the following:

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.

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 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.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Surveys the techniques and studio practice of contemporary printmaking techniques. Etching, Linocut, Transfers, Lithography and Screen Printing are incorporated in a fast-moving course focused on personal expression. Studio work utilizes non-toxic materials and a studio practice centered on creativity and sustainability. Topics include Portfolio development, experimentation and printed editions.

Prerequisites:

ADFA S251 or instructor permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An advanced exploration of technique, scale and multiple press runs. Students focus on a chosen area of traditional or contemporary print media, ranging from etching, digital imaging, lithography, relief and screen printing. Through the use of theory and developed skill, print-based works of an increasingly professional standard are developed in both two and three dimensions. Projects focus on discrete objects and multi-layered collaborative exercises. Encourages an individual, creative and professional approach to printmaking in the context of contemporary art practice.

Notes:

  • Courses numbered 200 and above have as a prerequisite the completion of the Foundation Studies program or its equivalent. Exceptions may be made only with the permission of the instructor and the Graphic Design program director.
  • The letter “S” preceding the course number indicates a studio course. A studio fee is assessed for all studio courses.
  • In addition to the required courses listed below all BFA candidates must participate in all portfolio reviews and exhibit work in the Graphic Design Student Exhibition.

 

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

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 will...
Students will be able to...
Understand and employ the principles of visual language.
  • Demonstrate perceptual acuity in two and three dimensional work
  • Demonstrate conceptual understanding of complex visual systems
  • Demonstrate technical facility with the tools current to their chosen art & design field
  • Demonstrate visual communication skills common to their chosen art & design field
Understand and employ the creative thinking process.
  • Effectively solve visual and design problems specific to their chosen discipline
  • Use experimentation to test new ideas
  • Evaluate their work and the work of their peers through the critique process
  • Use the reiterative process to develop new and original solutions to visual and design problems
Understand their potential in the professional art & design field of their choosing.
  • Evaluate their work in relation to the historical precedents of their chosen field
  • Visually present their work in a professional manner using the tools current to their chosen field
  • Orally present and support their work in a professional manner to peers and professionals from their chosen field
  • Demonstrate fluency in the technologies current to their chosen field
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the significant contemporary aesthetics and social issues relevant to their chosen field
  • Employ professional practices current to their chosen field

Graphic Design Minor

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Minor Requirements: 6 courses, 18 credits

BFA candidates may not double count major requirements towards the minor.

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.

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.

Non-Art & Design majors should choose the following:

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The study of color and design is supportive of every studio discipline and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course emphasizes the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. Students employ an intensive, hands-on approach as they explore and master the elements of design (including line, shape, and value) and the three fundamental properties of color (hue, value, and strength). These skills are used in the construction of formally cohesive compositions, the development of arresting images, and the communication of visual ideas.

Art & Design BFA students should choose one Graphic Design studio course.

Notes: 

  • Non-BFA students should complete ADG-S219 prior to taking other ADG courses.
  • Advertising, Public Relations & Digital Media majors may substitute ADPR-247 for ADG-S219. Communication & Journalism majors may substitute CJN-247 for ADG-S219.

 

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Minor Programs Policy: A student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

Graphic Design Certificate Program

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Graphic Design Certificate Requirements: 12 courses, 36 credits

Core Requirements: 10 courses, 30 credits

Prerequisites:

Non-majors interesting in taking art and design courses for elective credit should refer to offerings under the ART course listings.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

The study of color and design is supportive of every studio discipline and is vital to the understanding of all visual media. This course emphasizes the basic concepts and practices of two-dimensional design and color theory. Students employ an intensive, hands-on approach as they explore and master the elements of design (including line, shape, and value) and the three fundamental properties of color (hue, value, and strength). These skills are used in the construction of formally cohesive compositions, the development of arresting images, and the communication of visual ideas.

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.

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:

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:

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.

Note: Non-BFA students should complete ADG-S219 prior to taking other ADG courses.

Studio Electives (2 courses, 6 credits)

Choose two of the following:

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:

Surveys the techniques and studio practice of contemporary printmaking techniques. Etching, Linocut, Transfers, Lithography and Screen Printing are incorporated in a fast-moving course focused on personal expression. Studio work utilizes non-toxic materials and a studio practice centered on creativity and sustainability. Topics include Portfolio development, experimentation and printed editions.

Prerequisites:

ADFA S251 or instructor permission

Credits:

3.00

Description:

An advanced exploration of technique, scale and multiple press runs. Students focus on a chosen area of traditional or contemporary print media, ranging from etching, digital imaging, lithography, relief and screen printing. Through the use of theory and developed skill, print-based works of an increasingly professional standard are developed in both two and three dimensions. Projects focus on discrete objects and multi-layered collaborative exercises. Encourages an individual, creative and professional approach to printmaking in the context of contemporary art practice.

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.

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 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 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.

Requirements for Completion of the Graphic Design Certificate Program:

  • All students must earn a minimum of 36 credits, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0, in order to be awarded a Certificate in Graphic Design.
  • In addition to the required courses listed all Certificate candidates must participate in all portfolio reviews and exhibit work in the Graphic Design Student Exhibition.
  • All students must earn a minimum of 27 of the required 36 credits while enrolled as Certificate candidates and must satisfy all course requirements of the Certificate program. A maximum of nine transfer or advanced-standing credits may be applied toward requirements for graduation.
  • Please note: credits earned as a NESAD continuing education student are considered transfer credits.

It is recommended that students take no more than five years to complete the program.

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Honors

Honors

Art and Design students that wish to receive departmental honors will follow the regular course sequence and complete honors contracted courses to fulfill honors requirements.

CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from your senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event.

Graphic Design Courses

Graphic Design 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.

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.