Graphic Design

Courses

200 Level

  • GRDS 201 Introduction to Graphic Design Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 201

    Introduction to Graphic Design
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course combines studio work with classroom instruction. Fundamental components of design theory and typography are incorporated with problem definition to provide students with valuable experience in the ideation, research, execution and presentation of projects. Lectures and visual media provide a broad introduction to the visual communication professional field. Prerequisite(s): DRAW 101, DSGN 101.
  • GRDS 205 Typography I: Anatomy, Form and Space Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 205

    Typography I: Anatomy, Form and Space
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students are introduced to typography and its role in the visualization of language, historically and presently through an assortment of transmedia applications. Creative thinking is encouraged, along with prescribed techniques for the appropriate media. Prerequisite(s): ADVE 130 or GRDS 201 or ITGM 130 or MOME 130.
  • GRDS 229 History of Graphic Design Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 229

    History of Graphic Design
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course surveys the pivotal events and achievements that led to the current state of graphic communication. The uniquely human pursuit to give form to ideas is traced from the pictographs painted on cave walls to the latest imaginative designs. Through lectures, videotapes, discussions, presentations and research, students are introduced to the creative thinkers, important innovations and breakthrough technologies that have shaped the evolution of visual communication. Prerequisite(s): ARTH 110.
  • GRDS 233 Vector and Raster Graphics Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 233

    Vector and Raster Graphics
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course provides students with skills needed to produce vector and raster-based graphics. Students gain a thorough understanding of the nature of vector and raster-based digital file development, as well as an in-depth study of the applications used to create them. Projects and assignments focus on an exploration and understanding of the applications, applying color, tools, techniques and printing options. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 243 Digital Page and Web Graphics Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 243

    Digital Page and Web Graphics
    Course is available via eLearning
    In this course, students focus on making pages, both for print and Internet environments. Correct usage of the appropriate software tools, terminology and theory of page layout are emphasized and covered in sufficient detail to understand the differences between the two layout strategies. Multiple-page documents/websites, media incorporation, output and publishing techniques for the two environments are the core concepts of this course. Readings, exercises and assignments focus on the acquisition of these skills. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 205.
  • GRDS 285 Graphic Design Media Management Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 285

    Graphic Design Media Management
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students explore the technical processes vital to developing and managing complex design projects across a variety of media. Covering topics including image manipulation, vector graphics, typography for print and screen, hand-held devices, augmented reality, e-pubs, and more, students apply creative solutions to diverse media and are prepared to excel in the dynamic graphic design industry. Prerequisite(s): ADVE 207 or GRDS 205.

300 Level

  • GRDS 320 Introduction to Typeface Design
     

    GRDS 320

    Introduction to Typeface Design
    This course explores the domain of typeface design from a calligraphic, contemporary and deconstructive context, giving students the opportunity to develop their own design. The typefaces created are based on research into contemporary serial-type families and the historical influence of calligraphy and lettering on type design. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 205, GRDS 285.
  • GRDS 348 Graphic Design Studio I: Idea Visualization Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 348

    Graphic Design Studio I: Idea Visualization
    Course is available via eLearning
    Through hands-on implementation of professional concepts, students are introduced to the designer's role in visualizing complex projects across multiple media. Students build upon professional design methods and strategies of problem-solving as they learn to visualize dynamic ideas. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 285.
  • GRDS 353 Typography II: Information and Media Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 353

    Typography II: Information and Media
    Course is available via eLearning
    In this advanced typography studio, students explore contemporary applications of letterform. Coursework addresses type and image and their role in creating meaning, as well as the role of style in establishing cultural relevance. Students are introduced to readability, legibility, color and appropriate application in both traditional and new media. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 348.
  • GRDS 358 Production for Print and Digital Environments Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 358

    Production for Print and Digital Environments
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course focuses on technical proficiency and the business components of production for print and digital output. Students create production-ready files for print and mobile devices using industry-standard software and project management protocols. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 348.
  • GRDS 360 Art of Poster Design
     

    GRDS 360

    Art of Poster Design
    Posters are designed to be both informative and influential tools of communication. This course introduces students to the many forms of poster design via content research and development, the creation of the conceptual image, hierarchy and typographic manipulations and the combination of these elements into a cohesive and powerful design. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 353, GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 370 Information Design
     

    GRDS 370

    Information Design
    This course addresses visual problem-solving and emphasizes methods of translating complex data into clear, visually dynamic solutions. Topics include: corporate communication systems, publication, way-finding, interaction design, etc. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 358 or permission of the department chair.
  • GRDS 372 Corporate Identity
     

    GRDS 372

    Corporate Identity
    Creative, ideational, image-making design, digital and traditional skills are necessary in this course to meet rigorous conceptual/visual standards pertinent to creating a brand and/or a company’s identity. Through a few complex projects and numerous graphic design formats and applications, all major aspects of visual identity are emphasized and developed: logotypes, typographic sets, color palettes, photographic and illustration styles and appropriate project presentation formats. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 374 Publication Graphics
     

    GRDS 374

    Publication Graphics
    This course examines the graphic designer’s role in the layout and design of publications. Lectures and studio work cover historical as well as current practices and technologies used to produce multi-page publications. Students produce visualizations for several publications using the elements of layout with typography and art. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 376 Business Practices for Graphic Design Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 376

    Business Practices for Graphic Design
    Course is available via eLearning
    Through lectures, demonstrations, research and studio work, this course presents an in-depth study of the business aspects of the graphic design profession. Common design problems are emphasized, including pricing, estimates, invoices, client relations and professional business conduct. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 378 Trademark and Logo Design
     

    GRDS 378

    Trademark and Logo Design
    Through examination of corporate identity creation, this course focuses on the criteria for an effective logotype and how design firms attach meaning to a single word through typography and color. These issues are explored through a series of assignments totally devoted to the design of effective trademarks and logotypes. Students are also introduced to the major identity firms through research and written analysis. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 380 Alternative Design Approaches Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 380

    Alternative Design Approaches
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course challenges students to address unusual design problems through conceptual and artistic innovation. Alternative uses of new media and traditional techniques are explored. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 382 Design for Multimedia
     

    GRDS 382

    Design for Multimedia
    This course concentrates on educating students in the development of effective interfaces for electronic media employing theories and techniques of multimedia, interaction design and graphic design. Students explore the use of sound, motion, video and kinetic typography in their solutions. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 285.
  • GRDS 384 Web Design Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 384

    Web Design
    Course is available via eLearning
    Concentrating on the design, development, implementation, testing and updating of effective interfaces, this course emphasizes principles of graphic design, interactivity and usability. Students learn about a variety of visual, navigational and structural approaches to CSS, navigation systems, visual hierarchy, basic animations, image preparation and file transferring protocols. Vital coursework and career preparation highlight conceptual development and structure, interactivity, and design aesthetics. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 285.
  • GRDS 385 Responsive Design for Flexible Layouts
     

    GRDS 385

    Responsive Design for Flexible Layouts
    Utilizing practices related to flexible Web design, students create designs for the Web and its various screen formats (laptops, large desktop monitors, televisions and tablets) and orientation style-shifts. Projects focus on producing design solutions that emphasize the principles of Web design and Web-based typography in elastic and liquid layouts. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 384 or ITGM 267 or ITGM 357.
  • GRDS 386 Package Design
     

    GRDS 386

    Package Design
    In this course, students explore 3-D form and surface graphics by designing containers for a variety of products and constructing 3-D prototypes. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 387 Interface Design Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 387

    Interface Design
    Course is available via eLearning
    Effective interfaces rely on principles of graphic design, interactivity and usability for design, development, implementation, testing and updating. This course introduces students to a variety of visual, navigational and structural approaches to these stages of the interface-building process. Topics covered include CSS, navigation systems, visual hierarchy, basic animations, image preparation and file transferring protocols. Emphasis is placed on conceptual development and structure, interactivity, and design aesthetics. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 384 or ITGM 267 or ITGM 357.
  • GRDS 388 Interactive Web Animation
     

    GRDS 388

    Interactive Web Animation
    This course focuses on educating students to develop complex graphical user interfaces and animation. Students explore that software and its ActionScript programming language while working with navigational elements, animated graphics and rich multimedia content, including sound and video. Current and future directions of Web interactivity and Web animations are addressed, with a focus on cross-platform development, dynamic content integration, browser compatibility, bandwidth limitations and the online distribution of interactive Web content. Prerequisite(s): ANIM 304 or ELDS 325 or GRDS 384 or ITGM 267 or ITGM 357.
  • GRDS 390 Web Site Management
     

    GRDS 390

    Web Site Management
    This course is designed to educate students in the development and management of large, complex websites. Information architecture, site mapping and navigational development are introduced, with an emphasis on managing dynamic Web content. Among topics covered are application development, content management systems, cross-platform compatibility, online transactions, Internet security and the online distribution and updating of Web content. Prerequisite(s): ELDS 325 or GRDS 384 or ITGM 357.
  • GRDS 392 Exhibition and Environmental Graphics
     

    GRDS 392

    Exhibition and Environmental Graphics
    Students explore the ways in which exhibition and environmental graphics enhance the experience of the user community through interactivity with form and space. Working individually and in teams, students design and build scale models of their concepts for assigned projects. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 353, GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 394 Design and Technology: Contemporary Issues in Visual Communication
     

    GRDS 394

    Design and Technology: Contemporary Issues in Visual Communication
    This course explores the technological, theoretical, cultural, social, political and economical issues currently affecting the field of graphic design. Students analyze the current state of the field of graphic design as a means of visual communication to employ effective design solutions for issues and topics relevant to contemporary design culture. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 229, GRDS 353.
  • GRDS 395 Graphic Design Entrepreneurship
     

    GRDS 395

    Graphic Design Entrepreneurship
    This course presents an in-depth study of new business ideas driven by design and brought about by changing technologies in the graphic design industry. Students learn why collaborative thinking is the new competitive advantage in global business. Moreover, students discover how to make use of the latest communication tools to streamline their business models, from financing and giving the elevator pitch to marketing and manufacturing. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 358.

400 Level

  • GRDS 400 Graphic Design Studio II: Systems Visualization Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 400

    Graphic Design Studio II: Systems Visualization
    Course is available via eLearning
    This studio course addresses the designer's role in visualizing complex, integrated systems. Through the independent exploration of key principles in visual systems design, students develop strategies for managing design solutions across multiple communication media outlets. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 402 Design for Social Issues
     

    GRDS 402

    Design for Social Issues
    This course addresses the designer's role in shaping the public narrative on social issues, causes and other needs-based topics. Students examine contemporary cultural, political and societal issues around the world that have an impact on our daily lives. They also learn how to design communication strategies that increase awareness, motivate, inspire or incite action from specific or broad audiences. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 353, GRDS 358.
  • GRDS 408 Graphic Design Portfolio Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 408

    Graphic Design Portfolio
    Course is available via eLearning
    Career development strategies are honed with preparation through lectures, demonstrations and studio work. Existing projects are analyzed, refined and gaps in the student's body of work are filled with new, systematic outcomes. All work must meet professional standards with emphasis on quality and job-related subject matter. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 400.
  • GRDS 479 Undergraduate Internship
     

    GRDS 479

    Undergraduate Internship
    Internships offer students valuable opportunities to work in a professional environment and gain firsthand experience to help them prepare for careers. In an approved internship setting, a student typically spends one quarter working with an on-site professional supervisor and a faculty internship supervisor to achieve specific goals and objectives related to the program of study. Prerequisite(s): 90 credit hours, 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • GRDS 495 Special Topics in Graphic Design
     

    GRDS 495

    Special Topics in Graphic Design
    The topic of this course varies from quarter to quarter. Each seminar focuses on various issues in the field of graphic design and allows students to pursue individual projects related to the subject of the course. Prerequisite(s): Vary according to topic.

500 Level

  • GRDS 502 Visual Communication History, Research and Discourse Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 502

    Visual Communication History, Research and Discourse
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course fosters the development of ideational, analytical, rhetorical and writing skills necessary for graduate-level research into the contemporary and historical aspects of visual communication. The focus is on art and design discourse and visual artifacts as reflective of personal, cultural, social and political contexts of interpretation. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 503 Typographic Communication Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 503

    Typographic Communication
    Course is available via eLearning
    Through readings, writing assignments, lectures and studio projects, students explore advanced and sophisticated typographic solutions in a wide range of visual communication. Students explore the rules and aesthetics of typography as both a message and a means of visual expression in communication. Emphasis is placed on clear and effective communication, style, trends, current events and historical references. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 504 Integrated Design Media Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 504

    Integrated Design Media
    Course is available via eLearning
    Through writing, research, historical reference, strategic analysis and final execution, students increase their understanding and practical application of the design process. Prerequisite(s):

700 Level

  • GRDS 701 Graphic Design Seminar: Methodologies Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 701

    Graphic Design Seminar: Methodologies
    Course is available via eLearning
    In this course, students discuss communication design strategies pertaining to creative, collaborative, practical and research methodologies. Through readings, discussion and personal investigation, students explore multiple methodological constructs relevant to contemporary graphic design practices. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 702 Graphic Design Studio: Methodological Practice Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 702

    Graphic Design Studio: Methodological Practice
    Course is available via eLearning
    Through individual and group visual explorations, students implement communication design strategies pertaining to creative, collaborative, practical and research methodologies. Students also create visual solutions using multiple methodological strategies relevant to contemporary graphic design practice. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 705 Design Methodologies Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 705

    Design Methodologies
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course focuses on developing creative problem-solving methodologies for graphic design. Students explore the relationship between theoretical constructs of creativity and the pragmatics of client identified parameters. The course facilitates student development of a personal visual communication style through rapid visualization techniques. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 709 Typography Studio I Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 709

    Typography Studio I
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students explore and utilize a diverse range of typographic principles and theories within the framework of various print-related applications. Critical analysis of message, meaning, form and context directs students in their creation of innovative print-based typographical explorations. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 715 Print Studio I Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 715

    Print Studio I
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course explores the theories, strategies and processes of developing a print-based brand image. Through lectures, independent research and studio work, students implement complex design systems created to provide a unified and unique presentation of image-building content. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 709.
  • GRDS 717 Sustainable Graphic Design Practices
     

    GRDS 717

    Sustainable Graphic Design Practices
    Emerging cultural attitudes and trends in consumer awareness have changed the ways in which graphic designers think and act in their role as social arbiters. In this course, students explore holistic design strategies and discuss established frameworks for sustainable design. Prerequisite(s): ADVE 705 or GRDS 701 or GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 718 Contemporary Media Production Techniques
     

    GRDS 718

    Contemporary Media Production Techniques
    This course addresses the presentation of information to multicultural and multi-generational audiences, and explores issues of readability, orientation, navigation, interaction, accessibility and user profiles as they apply to the design of information architecture and wayfinding for screen-based devices. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 720 Website Design and Management Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 720

    Website Design and Management
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course provides a comprehensive review of current online practice and theory as it relates to communication efforts for screen and handheld devices. In addition, it provides a thorough course of study in the technical and aesthetic challenges of dynamic site design, building and management. Database usage as it relates to dynamic page building is a major topic and students are expected to be familiar with HTML, XHTML and industry-standard Internet design authoring and imaging applications. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 723 Graphic Design Seminar: Media Strategy Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 723

    Graphic Design Seminar: Media Strategy
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course focuses on contemporary media theories as applied to the field of graphic design in the 21st century. Students review and critique multiple media applications from cultural, informational, aesthetic, ethical, design, experiential and functional perspectives. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 724 Graphic Design Studio: Media Practice Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 724

    Graphic Design Studio: Media Practice
    Course is available via eLearning
    Through independent research and studio work, students implement complex design systems and visual narratives to create unique and unified outcomes across multiple media formats. Strategies and processes used to develop visual communications across print and screen-based media are also addressed. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 726 The Role of Graphic Design in Social Awareness Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 726

    The Role of Graphic Design in Social Awareness
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course examines the vital role of visual communication within the dialog of a society, specifically regarding issues that affect the well-being of its cultural integrity. Ethical considerations of the graphic design discipline are explored through lectures, independent research and the creative development of bodies of work that attempt to address the morals that inform, guide and shape a culture. Prerequisite(s): ADVE 709 or SUST 704, or GRDS 701 and GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 727 Information Visualization
     

    GRDS 727

    Information Visualization
    Through readings, lectures, research and assignments, students explore the role information serves in the praxis of design. Assignments range from traditional print applications to the role of interaction in the access of user-based information. Students also explore the role information serves in society, and the necessity for clarity in presentation as it enables informed decision-making for the advancement and/or evaluation of an idea, proposal or societal agenda. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 730 3-D Graphics Studio Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 730

    3-D Graphics Studio
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students explore theoretical and practical applications of experience and interaction design through projects addressing form, physical space and tactile response. Course content consists of readings, lectures and assignments, which interpret, involve and transform human engagement with the 3-D realm. Projects evolve from conceptual origins and progress to constructed physical objects. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 733 Graphic Design Seminar: Typographic Strategy Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 733

    Graphic Design Seminar: Typographic Strategy
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students explore and analyze a diverse range of typographic principles and theories in the dissemination of information to cultural communities of interest. Critical analyses of message, meaning, form and context are positioned within the framework of historic and contemporary technological advances and their impact on written communications. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 734 Graphic Design Studio: Typographic Practice Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 734

    Graphic Design Studio: Typographic Practice
    Course is available via eLearning
    Through studio practice and experimentation, students apply a variety of typographic principles in traditional and emerging contexts. Letterform anatomy and design, proportion systems, layout, and measurement principles are addressed. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 748 Graphic Design M.A. Final Portfolio Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 748

    Graphic Design M.A. Final Portfolio
    Course is available via eLearning
    This studio course explores various ways in which designers can best promote their talents. All possible vehicles including portfolio, résumé and promotional materials are addressed with the result being a substantial body of work to be used as a job-seeking tool. Experimentation and unique approaches are encouraged during this process, but clarity of message and technical proficiency are the top priorities. Prerequisite(s): Any two 700-level GRDS electives and completion of the review for candidacy.
  • GRDS 753 Graphic Design Seminar: Visual Information Strategy Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 753

    Graphic Design Seminar: Visual Information Strategy
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students are introduced to the theoretical principles applied when transforming random data into effective information systems. The course addresses information comprehension through interaction and experience as information is transferred to specific communities of interest. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 754 Graphic Design Studio: Visual Information Practice Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 754

    Graphic Design Studio: Visual Information Practice
    Course is available via eLearning
    Covering both traditional and emerging media, this course explores information presentation through the application of theoretical and formal principles regarding the effective transformation of random and complex data sets into information delivery systems. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 755 Typography Studio II Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 755

    Typography Studio II
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course focuses on the integration of kinetic media and typographic values. Topics such as sequencing, rhythm, color, texture, space and sound are explored and applied to visual communication projects. Contemporary and historical forms, as well as kinetic theories are analyzed and studied. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 705, GRDS 709.
  • GRDS 758 Publication Design
     

    GRDS 758

    Publication Design
    Within the exploration of the history and methods of publication design, students examine the processes involved in coordinating images and typography through both verbal and visual content across multiple and emerging media. The role of the designer throughout the publication industry is examined through projects, lectures and class discussions. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 759 Print Studio II Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 759

    Print Studio II
    Course is available via eLearning
    By creating and marketing a consumer product, students focus on establishing product identity, promoting and building a brand through print advertising, outdoor and commercial photography, art buying, and package design. The course emphasizes personal development and exposure to team building as students explore creative partnership with fellow classmates and other departments such as photography and illustration. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 705, GRDS 715.
  • GRDS 760 Poster Design Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 760

    Poster Design
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students explore the specific skills necessary to design posters as a unique means of communication. Working with large formats, advanced students develop skills in critical thinking, research, development of concepts and content, analysis and editing, and technical execution. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 761 Thesis Preparation Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 761

    Thesis Preparation
    Course is available via eLearning
    Students identify, develop, articulate and defend a working direction for their M.F.A. thesis through research, ideation and exploration. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702, any 700-level GRDS course.
  • GRDS 763 Digital Studio II Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 763

    Digital Studio II
    Course is available via eLearning
    Focusing on the theories and principles of human and computer interaction and interface design, this course also includes the practical application thereof. Students explore the relationships between form, content and function as well as develop media-rich interactive presentations for Internet and intranet delivery. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 715, GRDS 720.
  • GRDS 765 Typeface Design I Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 765

    Typeface Design I
    Course is available via eLearning
    Exploring the realm of typeface design from a historical and contemporary perspective, students have the opportunity to develop their own designs. The created typefaces are based on research into the history and cultural, social, political, cognitive, ethical and aesthetic contexts of typography. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 771 Typeface Design II
     

    GRDS 771

    Typeface Design II
    This course continues the development of typeface design. Students complete a 52-character alphabet, numerals, punctuation, ligatures and ornament in three different fonts and implement them for use in digital platforms. In addition, students research contemporary typeface design applications in both print and interactive media and perform analyses of postmodern typeface design. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 765.
  • GRDS 773 Portfolio Design Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 773

    Portfolio Design
    Course is available via eLearning
    This studio course explores various ways in which designers can best promote their talents. All possible vehicles including portfolio, résumé and promotional materials are addressed with the result being a substantial body of work to be used as a job-seeking tool. Experimentation and unique approaches are encouraged during this process, but clarity of message and technical proficiency are the top priorities. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 759.
  • GRDS 779F Graduate Field Internship
     

    GRDS 779F

    Graduate Field Internship
    Students in this course undertake a field assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • GRDS 779T Graduate Teaching Internship
     

    GRDS 779T

    Graduate Teaching Internship
    Students in this course undertake a teaching assignment under the supervision of a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): 15 graduate credit hours, good academic standing.
  • GRDS 780 Special Topics in Graphic Design
     

    GRDS 780

    Special Topics in Graphic Design
    Working with a faculty adviser, students pursue a graphic design project of particular interest and significance. Students must present a proposal supported by research for approval. The course involves group instruction and critiques as well as individual projects. Prerequisite(s):
  • GRDS 783 Graphic Design Seminar: User Experience Strategy Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 783

    Graphic Design Seminar: User Experience Strategy
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course focuses on theories and practices relating to the creation of graphic environmental and virtual user experiences. Students evaluate theories of cognition, gestalt, aesthetics and perception, and analyze their applicability through written assignments. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 784 Graphic Design Studio: User Experience Practice Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 784

    Graphic Design Studio: User Experience Practice
    Course is available via eLearning
    This course focuses on the application of theories and practices involved in the creation of environmental graphic and virtual user experience solutions. Students employ current analytical theories of cognition, gestalt, aesthetics and perception to create effective environmental and virtual user experience solutions. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 701, GRDS 702.
  • GRDS 791 Graphic Design M.F.A. Thesis Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 791

    Graphic Design M.F.A. Thesis
    Course is available via eLearning
    The M.F.A. thesis/discourse focuses on the formulation of the theoretical research and rhetoric regarding the M.F.A. candidate's interest and thematic. The written treatise of the pre-approved subject is emphasized. All M.F.A. candidates are required to complete this final course and participate in the final M.F.A. thesis formal discussion. Prerequisite(s): Completion of the review for candidacy.
  • GRDS 792 Graphic Design M.F.A. Visual Thesis Course is available via eLearning
     

    GRDS 792

    Graphic Design M.F.A. Visual Thesis
    Course is available via eLearning
    This final visual M.F.A. thesis course fosters significant research that results in the development of the M.F.A. candidate's visual constructs. Through the creation of a substantial body of work, students offer informative and enriching solutions in support of the proposed and approved M.F.A. thesis topic. Prerequisite(s): GRDS 791 and completion of the review for candidacy.