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Art & Graphic Design

Graphic Design Minor

The graphic design minor combines historical knowledge of the design discipline with contemporary problem-solving technical skills. Students gain in-depth experience using industry-standard computer software while acquiring an understanding of graphic design principles and formats. The graphic design minor serves as an excellent complement to many majors, including marketing, business administration, and communication studies. This minor better prepares students for their future careers by offering them marketable skills, enabling them to become more viable in today's competitive job market. This minor can be combined with any major and minor except the Art major.

Graphic Design Minor Requirements
(18 credits)

ARTS 1800 - Two-Dimensional Design (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the visual organization of two-dimensional art and design. Students will practice making representational and non-objective designs and utilize design terminology, theory and studio materials. Emphasis will be placed on developing compositional skills. A historical and contemporary survey of visual art and design will be examined.

ARTS 2410 - Graphic Design I (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to graphic design. The computer is introduced as a graphic design problem-solving tool. Students will use current industry-standard software and technology to create designs based on graphic design principles. Through various assignments, students will become familiar with the operation of the personal computer while exploring the visual language of text, image and digital design. The course will familiarize students with basic aesthetic, technical, historical and conceptual issues as they relate to design.

ARTS 2450 - Graphic Design II (3 credits)

This course will focus on the understanding of the design process and developing effective graphic design concepts for a variety of formats, with an emphasis on form, content, and principles of design and layout composition. Students will further their knowledge of industry-standard computer software as applied to various formats of visual communication. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410. 

ARTS 3650 - Typography (3 credits)

This essential course explores the fundamentals of typography including the history, theory and practical employment of type. Through a variety of challenging and informative projects, the creative function of type as an illuminative graphic design element will be examined. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410.

Select 6 credits from the following courses:

ARTS 3200 - Digital Photographic Design (3 credits)

This course provides the skills and concepts required to develop professional-quality illustrations, and photo manipulations. The focus of the course will be on both technical and aesthetic issues, and the relationship of image manipulation to different graphic design formats. Prerequisite: ARTS 2200. 

ARTS 3750 - Printmaking (3 credits)

In this course, students will learn a variety of printmaking techniques and gain an understanding of the distinctive nature of printmaking including: tools, inks, paper, plate preparation, registration, printing processes and qualities of prints e.g. overlays, transparency, offset, and multiple images. Students will produce multiple images by hand printing and working on a press while exploring personal visual expression. Class sessions are comprised of independent and collaborative printing, lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and critique. Additionally, students will be introduced to the work of influential printers and the history/tradition of printmaking. Prerequisites: ARTS 1200 OR ARTS 1800 OR ARTS 2410.

ARTS 3450 - Graphic Design III (3 credits)

Students explore the underlying principles of grid theory, text and display typography, sequence, page layout, and type and image integration as they relate to a range of publication design applications. Prerequisite: ARTS 3650.

COMM 3900 - Web, Mobile and Interactive Design for Communication (3 credits)

Students learn the historical background of the web’s evolution, basic design guidelines for creating effective visual presentations, and essential design and building techniques for creating web sites and mobile applications. Using this foundational knowledge, students plan, design, and develop a website. Prerequisite: ARTS 2410. 

ARTS 4500 - Professional Print Design (3 credits)

The focus of this course is on multiple page documents and extended design systems. Students will create professional print design projects that reflect the range of work designers encounter in the studio, agency, or corporate design environment. Print production techniques will be investigated. Prerequisite: ARTS 2450.

ARTS 4900 - Special Topics in the Arts (3 credits)

This course is designed for students with an interest in a particular period or genre of art, music, or theatre, specific artist, composers, dramatists, or topics not covered in other art, music, or theatre courses. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one ARTS course and COMP 2000, COMP 2010 or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H or ARTS 2300H.


The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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