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Graphic Design

The BDes degree in Graphic Design is a professional degree for students seeking careers in the exciting and cutting-edge field of Design. The degree provides students with the tools, skills, knowledge, and experience to express creatively and develop ideas through the latest design technologies.  The curriculum ensures that all students achieve professional competencies in design and gain experience traditional, new, and interactive media.  Graduates will be prepared to launch their career in a design related field such as Graphic Design, Web Design, Interactive & Mobile Design, New Media, Motion Graphics, etc. or pursue an advanced degree such as MDes and DDes.

 

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 203 Photography I 3
DES 201 Typography 3
DES 203 Graphic and Interactive Design I 3
DES 221 Typography II 3
DES 223 Graphic and Interactive Design II 3
DES 330 History of Graphic Design 3
DES 499 Capstone 1

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
Art 200 level studio (select two)
ART 202ART 205ART 207
6
Art History (select one)
ART 312ART 314ART 315ART 316ART 317ART 318ART 319ART 324ART 371ART 372
3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM EMPHASIS REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS

Graphic Design Set (select four)
DES 304, DES 308, DES 309DES 311DES 350DES 402, DES 404DES 490

12
Interactive Media Set (select four)
DES 305, DES 306, DES 307, DES 310, DES 350, DES 405, DES 490
12

Design Related Electives (select two)
ART 202ART 205ART 207, ART 302ART 303ART 305ART 306ART 307ART 320ART 321ART 322ART 323ART 350ART 402ART 403ART 405ART 407DES 304DES 305, DES 306, DES 307DES 308DES 309DES 310, DES 311DES 350DES 402, DES 404DES 405MEDA 301MEDA 310MEDA 341MEDA 360MEDA 370MEDA 410MEDA 450MEDA 460

6
DES 420 Senior Portfolio 3
   
Total Major Program Requirements 79
Additional Electives 6
TOTAL FOR BDes DEGREE 120
  • Students must earn a “C” or better in 100-level art and design courses before proceeding to the sophomore studio courses.

  • Students will complete a BDes Candidacy Review at the end of the sophomore year and a BDes Review at the end of their final semester.

  • Students must earn a “C” or better in all program requirement courses.

  • Students may not take more than 3 studio courses per semester without permission from department chair.

  • 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