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
Humanities and Fine Arts

6

Behavioral and Social Perspectives 6
Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning 7
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Approved Mathematics 3
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0
Approved General Education Electives2

10

Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
ART 103 3
ART 104 3
ART 105 3
ART 106 3
ART 111 3
ART 112 3
ART 202 3
ART 203 3
ART 204 3
ART 205 3
ART 207 3
ART 499 1

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
ART 320 3
Art History
ART 309ART 310ART 311ART 312ART 314ART 315ART 316ART 371
3
Art History
ART 309ART 310ART 311ART 312ART 314ART 315ART 316
ART 371ART 372
3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
ART 113 3
ART 224 3
ART 260 3
ART 304 3
ART 308 3
ART 404 3
ART 408 3
   
Total Major Program Requirements 64
Additional Electives 14
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120

 

  • Students must earn a “C” or better in 100-level art courses before proceeding to the sophomore studio courses and also maintain at least a 2.3 GPA in art courses in order to graduate with a major in Visual Arts.
  • 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