Visual arts majors may pursue an emphasis in graphic design. This emphasis is designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of interests by studying and practicing design techniques and theories that will improve artistic communication and enhance their professional goals.

graphic design studentA student may explore many areas of graphic design including typography, illustration, photography, corporate identity/logo design, package design, environmental/sign design, web design, self-promotion, production/printing techniques and procedures and design internships. Students successfully completing this emphasis will acquire knowledge and develop skills that will be essential in many entry-level design positions.

 

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

Students graduating from Lander University with a degree in visual arts demonstrate a general knowledge of art concepts and the ability to apply art techniques in a range of media as outlined by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design standards, including:

  1. familiarity with the works and intentions of major artists/designers and movements of the past and the present, both in the Western and non-Western worlds;
  2. knowledge about the nature of contemporary thinking on art and design and the nature of quality in design projects and works of art;
  3. the ability to make workable connections between concept and media through a variety of art making methods;
  4. the technical skills, perceptual development, and understanding of principles of visual organization sufficient to achieve basic visual communication and expression in an art medium; and
  5. the experience to compile a portfolio showing the development of visual sensitivity.

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT
HOURS
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
   

Approved Mathematics

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     
(6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
6
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
ART 103 Drawing I 3
ART 104 Drawing II 3
ART 105 Basic Design I 3
ART 106 Basic Design II 3
ART 111 Art History I 3
ART 112 Art History II 3
ART 202 Sculpture I 3
ART 203 Photography I 3
ART 204 Digital and Art Design 3
ART 205 Painting I 3
ART 207 Ceramics I 3
ART 499 Art Issues 1

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
Art History (select 2)
ART 311ART 312ART 314ART 315ART 316ART 371ART 372
6

 

MAJOR PROGRAM EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
ART 113 History of Graphic Design 3
ART 224 Digital and Art Design II 3
ART 260 Typography I 3
ART 304 Graphic Design Studio I 3
ART 308 Web Design I 3
ART 404 Graphic Design Studio II 3
ART 408 Web Design II 3
   
Total Major Program Requirements 61
Additional Electives 24
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in 100-level art courses before proceeding to the sophomore studio courses.
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all program requirement courses.
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses