close

Suggested course work for graphic design majors includes foundational, core graphic design, core studio, graphic (or other) design electives, and University-required academic core courses. All current graphic design courses are listed in the sidebar “SASD-GD Curriculum.”

Both the traditional Graphic Design program and the New Media concentration emphasize design thinking, real-world community projects, and skill-building toward a final self-directed project in the senior year.

The degree for Graphic Design is a BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Graphic Design.

Both the GD and GD-NM degrees are 125 credits taken over eight semesters.

Within the structure of the curriculum, students can customize their courses with electives to focus on areas of interest — text and typography, image and illustration, photography and video, for example — to strengthen their skills and understanding of those facets of graphic design.

First Semester

3 ADSN 103 2-D Design Principles
3 ADSN 105 Drawing I
3 ADSN 119 Intro to Computer Applications I
3 ADSN 117 Survey of Art History I
3 FYS C101 First Year Seminar
15

Second Semester

3 ADSN 108 3-D Design Principles
3 ADSN 106 Drawing II
3 ADSN 219 Intro to Computer Applications II
3 ADSN 118 Survey of Art History II
3 ENG 101 Composition & Rhetoric Core
3 MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra
18

Third Semester

3 GDSN 255 Graphic Design Studio I (Print)
3 ADSN 209 Painting I
3 ADSN 377 History of Modern Design
3 GDSN 204 Calligraphy & Letterforms
3 Soc Sci Social Science Core
3 Hum Humanities Core
18

Fourth Semester

3 GDSN 256 Graphic Design Studio II (Print)
3 GDSN 203 Typography
3 ADSN 231 Photography
3 ADSN 379 History of Graphic Design
3 ADSN 207 Illustration Studio I
3 Soc Sci Social Science Core
18

Fifth Semester

3 GDSN 305 Graphic Design Studio III
(Packaging/Environmental)
3 ADSN 233 Motion Graphics
3 ADSN 225A Web Applications I
3 Nat Sci Natural Science Core
3 MCOM Elective
15

Sixth Semester

3 GDSN 306 Graphic Design Studio IV (Web)
3 GDSN 225B Web Applications II
3 GDSN 212 Visual Semiotics
3 Hum Humanities Core
3 Nat Sci Natural Science Core
15

Seventh Semester

3 GDSN 355 Graphic Design Studio V
(Publishing)
3 MCom 339 PR & Advertising Campaigns
3 GDSN 425A Design Service
3 Liberal Arts Elective
3 Caps C390 Capstone Seminar Core
15

Eighth Semester

3 GDSN 356 Graphic Design Studio VI (Thesis)
3 ADSN 304x Business Practices
3 GDSN 425B Design Service
3 GDSN 398 Internship
3 ADSN/GDSN elective
15


SASD is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the governing body of undergraduate and graduate art and design schools.

SASD Graphic Design Curriculum

SASD Design Foundations
2-D Design Principles
3-D Design Principles
Drawing Fundamentals I
Drawing Fundamentals II
Intro to Computer Applications I
Intro to Computer Applications II
Intro to Web Applications

Graphic Design Foundations
Photography I
Typography I
Introduction to Visual Semiotics
Business Practices

Graphic Design Electives
(take 7 courses; other SASD design courses may be taken)
Painting I
Painting II
Illustration Studio I
Illustration Studio II
Video I
Motion Graphics
Soundtrack
Maya A (B,C,D)(3-12cr)
Printmaking
Calligraphy & Letterforms
Typography II Type Design
Typography III ID & Logo
Design Service (A, B, C)
Independent Study
Internship A,B (2-6cr)

Core Studios
Graphic Design Studios
Design Studio I (Print)
Design Studio II (Print)
Design Studio III (Print)
Design Studio IV (Web)
Design Studio V Thesis Portfolio I
Design Studio VI Thesis Portfolio II

SASD Art History
Survey of Art History I
Survey of Art History II
History of Modern Design
History of Graphic Design
(or Hist Mod. Architecture & Urbanism; Hist Mod. Art)

UB Core
Composition & Rhetoric
Intermediate Algebra
Humanities Core
Humanities Core Elective
Social Sciences Core
Social Sciences Core Elective
Natural Sciences Core
Natural Sciences Core
First Year Seminar
Capstone Seminar

UB General Electives (recommended)
Introduction to Mass Comm
Introduction to Advertising
PR & Advertising Campaigns
Free Liberal Arts Elective