Graphic Design

MSU-Northern's Graphic Design program integrates traditional arts education with current technology to prepare designers for both print and electronic media.  Drawing, design, and painting courses provide a foundation focusing on development of perceptual skills and visual conception abilities.  Students are expected to continue to build on those skills and abilities in subsequent courses.  These foundation courses also provide the student with experience in a broad range of traditional art materials an techniques.

Bachelor of Arts Graphic Design (Minor Required)

Learning Outcomes: Ability to use basic design principles to visually communicate a message and give meaningful visual form to content. Student displays an understanding of the historical and cultural implications of the Art canon. Students will demonstrate professional graphic design standards and methods needed for entry level employment. Students will apply learned knowledge to designs through the development of printed materials. Students will apply learned knowledge to electronic designs.

General Education Core33
Required Courses
ARTZ 105Visual Language - Drawing (CAT VI)3
ARTZ 106Visual Language - 2-D Fndtns (CAT VI)3
ARTZ 107Visual Language - 2-D Fdtns II (CAT VI)3
ARTZ 221Painting I3
or ARTZ 224 Watercolor I
ARTH 330Art Hist of Western Civ I (CAT VI)3
or ARTH 340 Art History of Western Civ II
LIT 110Intro to Lit (Meets CAT VI Requirement)3
or LIT 230 World Lit Survey
GDSN 220Illustration I3
GDSN 231Graphic Design Applications3
GDSN 240Electronic Design I3
GDSN 250Graphic Design I3
ARTZ 284Photo I-Techs and Processes (Meets CAT VI Requirement)3
GDSN 320Illustration II3
GDSN 340Electronic Design II3
GDSN 350Graphic Design II3
ARTZ 384Photo II-Theory, Crit, Prctice3
GDSN 450Graphic Design III4
HSTR 102Western Civilization II (CAT IV)3
or SOSC 201 Introduction to Social Science
WRIT 101College Writing I (Meets CAT I Requirement)3
Language (CAT VI)6-8
Minor and Advisor Approved Electives (18 credits must be upper division)41
Total minimum credits required for degree/minor120

Associate of Applied Science Graphic Design

WRIT 101College Writing I 13
M 121College Algebra 23
or M 145 Math for the Liberal Arts
COMX 111Intro to Public Speaking 33
Required Courses
ARTH 160Global Visual Culture3
ARTZ 105Visual Language - Drawing3
ARTZ 106Visual Language - 2-D Fndtns3
ARTZ 107Visual Language - 2-D Fdtns II3
ARTZ 221Painting I3
or ARTZ 224 Watercolor I
CAPP 120Introduction to Computers3
GDSN 220Illustration I3
GDSN 231Graphic Design Applications3
GDSN 240Electronic Design I3
GDSN 250Graphic Design I3
ARTZ 284Photo I-Techs and Processes3
Select 18 credits from the following:18
Introduction to Business
Creative Problem Solving
Personal Finance (equiv 305)
Business Law
Technical Graphics I
Introduction to CAD
3D CAD
Web Site Development
Programming w/Visual Basic I
Programming with Java I
Total minimum credits required for degree 60
1

Meets Communications Requirement

2

Meets Computation Requirement

3

Meets Human Relations Requirement