GRAPHIC DESIGN

48 credit hours


WHY STUDY GRAPHIC DESIGN AT TIU?

Learning theories and concepts is an important part of your degree, but only through practical application can you develop your own visual style. As a graphic design major, you will have the opportunity to pursue professional internships in your area of interest that will mold your creative voice. You will also develop a design portfolio through your coursework at Trinity that will help impress future employers.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Most graphic design students finish their degree in 3-4 years. Course requirements total a minimum of 48 hours. This includes 27 hours of studio courses, 6 hours of software courses, 6 hours of contextual courses, a minimum of 4 hours of professional experience, and 5-6 hours of supporting courses.

DID YOU KNOW?

Trinity is equipped with a state-of-the-art design studio that contains 20 Mac workstations complete with programs such as InDesign, After Effects and Photoshop. The program also provides access to production equipment for use in screen printing and vinyl cutting.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

  • Digital and physical tools of graphic design and how to apply them
  • How to identify basic components of design and implement them in successful visual solutions
  • How to understand and explain why examples of design are effective using relevant vocabulary
  • Executing accomplished designs that meet the technical demands of specific print-based media and/or digital media
  • The historical significance of major stylistic movements, trends, and designers in graphic design history and their influence on society
  • How to execute accomplished designs that fulfill the stated needs of a client, competently implementing client feedback and art direction
  • To learn and implement successful executive functions related to project and time management

COURSEWORK:

Requirements total a minimum of 48 hours, including 27 hours of studio courses, 6 hours of software courses, 6 hours of contextual courses, a minimum of 4 hours of professional experience, and 5-6 hours of supporting courses. Interesting courses you can take include:

  • Interaction Design
  • Design & Society
  • Design History

GRAPHIC DESIGN

SOFTWARE COURSES
Course Title Credits
GPH 105 Foundational Design Software 3 hours
GPH 205 Intermediate Design Software 3 hours
GPH 305 Advanced Design Software 3 hours
STUDIO COURSES
Course Title Credits
GPH 110 Design Foundations 3 hours
GPH 140 Drawing for Design 3 hours
GPH 210 Tangible Design 3 hours
GPH 230 Introduction to Photography 3 hours
GPH 260 Typography 3 hours
GPH 271 Introduction to Web Design 3 hours
GPH 310 Interaction Design 3 hours
GPH 320 Design Studio I/Digital and Physical Projects 3 hours
GPH 410 Design Systems 3 hours
GPH 490 Capstone and Exhibition 3 hours
ELECTIVES
Course Title Credits
GPH 150 Topics in Graphic Design  3 hours
GPH 240 Calligraphy and Lettering 3 hours
GPH 250 Studio Topics in Graphic Design 3 hours
GPH 330 Freelance and Professional Practice 3 hours
GPH 385 Digital Storytelling 3 hours
GPH 420 Design Studio II/Digital and Physical Projects 3 hours
CONTEXTUAL
Course Title Credits
ART 121 Art Appreciation 3 hours
GPH 160 Design and Society 3 hours
GPH 360 Design History 3 hours
PROFESSIONAL
Course Title Credits
GPH 440 Portfolio 3 hours
GPH 445 Internship 3 hours
SUPPORTING COURSES
Course Title Credits
BUS 111 Principles of Management 3 hours
BUS 113 Principles of Marketing 3 hours
BUS 310 Personal Finance 3 hours
BUS 332 Topics in Marketing 3 hours
BUS 334 Advertising 3 hours
BUS 388 Digital Analytics 3 hours
CS 120 Computer Programming I 3 hours
CS 220 Computer Programming II 3 hours
COM 112 Speech 3 hours
COM 120 Survey of Communication Theory 3 hours
COM 140 Introduction to Public Relations 3 hours
COM 204 Mass Communication 3 hours
COM 210X Business Communication 3 hours
COM240X Writing for the Media I 3 hours
COM 281 Social and Interactive Media Strategies 3 hours
COM 334 Group and Organizational Communication 3 hours
COM 383 Writing for Digital Contexts 3 hours
COM 384 Audio and Visual for Social and Interactive Media 3 hours
COM 386 Visual Communication 3 hours
RECOMMENDED COURSE
Course Title Credits
GPH 390 Graphic Design Project 3 hours

CAREER OUTCOMES:

Graphic Designer Art Director
Print & Publication Designer Brand Strategist
Web Designer Production Artist
Multimedia Designer Creative Director
Package Designer UX Designer

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