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Graphic Design Courses

ARS 271 Introduction to Graphic Design      3 cr
An introduction to skills and techniques used in graphic design, problems in visual priorities, and use of selected materials. Prerequisites: ARS 122, ARS 123. Fee.  

ARS 272 Typography      3 cr
This class will examine typography as a visual communications tool. Students will explore issues within type and image. Prerequisite: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 271. Fee.  

ARS 273 Graphic Design Applications      3 cr
An introductory course on the fundamentals of using the Macintosh interface and basic instruction with desktop-publishing software for graphic design applications. Prerequisite: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 271. Fee.  

ARS 290 Special Topics      3-6 cr
A lower level studio, lecture, or seminar course treating a special medium, subject, or theme, as announced. This course may be repeated when the topic varies, for a maximum of six credit hours. Prerequisite: As announced. Fee  

ARS 373 Graphic Design Identity Systems      3 cr
An intermediate course developing design skills used in the production of printed materials for visual communications with an emphasis on logos, letterheads, brochures, and posters. Prerequisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 272, ARS 273. Fee.  

ARS 374 Publication Design      3 cr
An intermediate course developing design skills used in the production of printed materials for visual communications with an emphasis on newsletters, magazines, and newspaper graphics. Prerequisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372. Fee.  

ARS 375 Digital Graphic Design      3 cr
An advanced level course utilizing computers to produce graphic design work for printed and digital media. Prerequisite: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372 and ARS 373 or concurrent enrollment in ARS 373. Fee.  

ARS 376 Illustration      3 cr
Conceptual approaches, materials and techniques used to solve problems in illustration, emphasizing developing rendering skills. Prerequisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372, ARS 373, or ARS 374, and a 200-level drawing course. Fee.  

ARS 472 Senior Graphic Design      3 cr
An advanced workshop that addresses issues of visual communication using graphic design as a problem-solving tool. Emphasis on creating a body of work of professional quality. Students will also present a portfolio to be evaluated by a faculty member. Prerequisites:Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372, ARS 373, and ARS 374. Fee.  

ARS 473 Web Design for Graphic Designers      3 cr
An introduction to interactive applications. This course provides instruction in innovative, artistic design and development of visual communication skills related to interactive applications. Prerequisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372, ARS 373, and ARS 374.  

ARS 479 Business Practices for Graphic Design      3 cr
Design projects investigating selected problems of visual communication; individual and group critiques and presentations. Prerequisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 372, ARS 373, and ARS 374. Fee.  

ARS 488 Graphic Design Thesis      3 cr
A self-directed creative project in the area of graphic design with the guidance of a faculty member. Evaluation of the project is completed by a faculty committee and committee approval is needed to pass the course. The thesis must be exhibited publicly as a class. The student is required to work at least 12 hours per week on the project. Prerequisites: Must have a "C" or above in ARS 472 and completion of the Graphic Design concentration and acceptance in the BFA program. Fee.  

ARS 490 Special Topics      3-6 cr
An advanced studio, lecture, or seminar course treating a special medium, subject, or theme, as announced. This course may be repeated when the topic varies, for a maximum of six credit hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing and permission of the instructor.  

ARS 494 Directed Studies      3-6 cr
Independent work in approved studio medium or topic under the direction of a studio faculty member. May be repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisites: As announced, senior standing, and permission of the instructor. Fee.  

ARS 496 Professional Studies: Internship      3 cr
Students intern in specialized area of interest. Written report required. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing.  

ARS 499 Honors Senior Thesis      3 cr
Honors student, the first semester, will identify and carry out independent scholarly research on a topic with the guidance of a faculty member. The second semester, the student will produce a body of work that incorporates and exemplifies the ideas explored in the research paper. The paper will be concluded with a formal presentation to the Visual Arts faculty. The Honors project will be graded by a three-member faculty committee, chaired by the mentor. This course is to be taken as two sequential, three-credit course units.  

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