Coursework addresses graphic design fundamentals (typography, critical thinking, and image making), design history and contemporary practices, research methods, user experience, and social responsibility. Students engage with complex problems and are asked to identify opportunities where design can intervene. In addition, students have the opportunity to develop their personal interests by taking advantage of a highly interdisciplinary selection of elective courses offered by the School of Art + Design, including photography, video, traditional printmaking, sustainability, advanced interaction design, and the design of Ninth Letter, a nationally-distributed and award- winning literary arts journal.
- ARTD 151—Introduction to Graphic Design
- ARTF 101—Contemporary Issues in Art
- ARTF 102—Observational Drawing
- ARTF 104—Expressive Drawing
- ARTF 106—Visualization Drawing
- ARTH 110—Introduction to the History of Art and Visual Culture
Students should consult with an Art + Design academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period
Students who graduate from the program are equipped for a broad range of practices in the design field.
- Adapt techniques, tools and materials to different printing processes, plan step-by-step procedures to attain desired visual effects
- Create new ideas and communicate them graphically
- Interpret rough sketches, data, or verbal instructions to produce creative art work
- Use pictures, typography and arrangement to enhance written messages and promote the sale of goods, services and ideas
- Visualize and evaluate finished products before completion; weigh aesthetic alternatives and make choices
- Art Director
- Graphic Designer
- Multimedia Designer
- Editorial Designer
- UI/ UX Designer
- Packaging Designer
- Environmental Designer
Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree.
- Participating in undergraduate research
- Applying for a study abroad experience
- Utilizing resources of The Career Center
- Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
- AIGA Student Chapter: provides an opportunity for students to learn more about the design field through networking with professionals, workshops, and trips to Chicago and Champaign-based design studios.