Graphic designers are those who bring order and clarity to the myriad graphic messages that saturate every aspect of daily life. Endicott College students concentrating in graphic design develop a growing body of knowledge and expertise in concepts, composition, layout, typography, and imagery in both contemporary and historical contexts, learning more advanced methods and techniques as the course sequence continues. Students develop their visual and conceptual acuity through conventional print forms as well as animation, video, web and multimedia.
Curriculum Overview for Graphic Design Concentration
Curriculum Requirements - Total Credits Required: 127-128
Freshman - Credits: 32
ART 101 - Visual Art and Cultural Values I: Prehistory to c. 1310
ART 102 - Visual Art and Cultural Values II: Early Fourteenth Century to the Present
ART 105 - Drawing and Composition I
ART 106 - Drawing and Composition II
ART 115 - Two Dimensional Design
ART 123 - Foundation Seminar
ENG 101 - College Writing Seminar
Satisfies Writing Designated Requirement
INT 100 - Internship I
LST 100 - Seminar in Academic Inquiry
GD 105 - Introduction to Computer Graphics
GD 115 - Principles of Graphic Design
Sophomore - Credits: 32-33
- Quantitative Reasoning General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Science and Technology General Education Requirement (Cr: 3-4)
- Art Elective (Cr: 3)
ART 201 - Painting I
ART 250 - Printmaking
ART 205 - Three-Dimensional Design
INT 200 - Internship II
PHT 116 - Introduction to Photographic Imaging
GD 200 - Sophomore Design Studio
GD 225 - Typography 1
GD 230 - Web Design
Junior - Credits: 33
- Global Issues General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Individual and Society General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Literary Perspectives General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- World Cultures General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Visual Communications Elective (Cr: 3)
- General Education Elective (Cr: 3)
ART 302 - Portfolio
ART 303 - Theory and Research in Visual Design
GD 310 - Interactive Design
GD 325 - Typography II
GD 360 - Junior Graphic Design Studio
Senior - Credits: 30
- Values and Ethical Reasoning General Education Requirement (Cr: 3)
- Visual Communications or Photography Elective (Cr: 3)
- General Education Electives (Cr: 6)
GD 480 - Semester Internship
GD 489 - Senior Thesis I
GD 490 - Senior Thesis II
Recent Internships for graphic design concentrators have included:
Learning Outcomes for Graphic Design
1. Engage constructively in critical inquiry and analysis skills, and intellectual discourse within the art fields.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of and competency with tools and technology, including their roles in the creation, reproduction and distribution of visual messages.
3. Demonstrate a strong handling of perceptual skills in drawing.
4. Experience the relationship of academic studio practices to professional applications.
5. Discuss and write about the historical context for the visual arts.
6. Demonstrate college-level writing proficiencies within the conventions of the discipline.
7. Demonstrate the ability to describe and respond to audiences and contexts, including recognition of physical, cognitive, cultural and social human factors that shape design decisions.
8. Create and develop the meaningful visual form using the principals of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, and aesthetics.
9. Demonstrate an understanding of design history, theory, and criticism from a variety of perspectives.
10: Engage verbal ability to clearly and concisely articulate design concepts, solutions and rationale.
11: Risk-taking: Demonstrate willingness to go beyond original parameters of assignment, introducing new materials and forms, including tackling controversial topics.
12: Imagination: Integrate creativity and vision in pursuing thought-provoking visual design concepts using typography, symbolic representation, and color.
13: Synthesis: Deconstruct concepts, applying and carrying them out into a sophisticated and unique visual solution.