Computer Graphic Design

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Graphic Design

The Computer Graphic Design major combines the application of visual art, communication, marketing, music and computer programming skills, which are needed to aid current business and industry. The Graphic Design degree involves the creation of information which people see and read: posters, books, signs advertisements, commercials, brochures, video production, digital imaging and web sites. See the Business Information Systems major and the Computer Science and Mathematics major for other degree options in the computer science field.

Program Outcomes
Graduates from the Bachelor of Arts in Computer Graphic Design program will be able to:

  • Utilize computer graphics and visual arts tools related to their track focus (Animation, Print Media, or Web Design);
  • Accurately determine client needs, audience, purpose, and media capabilities in the development and execution of graphic communication projects;
  • Develop and communicate creative ideas to colleagues and clients through oral, written, and visual communication during the completion of individual and team projects;
  • Investigate opportunities for professional growth; and
  • Incorporate professional ethics on projects.

Program Requirements

  • Total Minimum Credits Required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 49 credits
  • Required Courses: 27 credits
  • Track: 26-28 credits
  • Electives: 16-18 credits

Required Courses (27 credits):

ART 103 Two-Dimensional Design (3 credits)
ART 105 Drawing I (3 credits)
ART 215 Computer Art I (3 credits)
CGD 217 Survey of Graphic Communication (3 credits)
CGD 240 Media Writing/Editing (3 credits)
CGD 330 Digital Still Imaging (3 credits)
INF 231 Programming Concepts (3 credits)
INF 410 Project Management (3 credits) or INF/CGD 392 IS Internship
INF 420 Senior Portfolio (3 credits)

Students must choose one track from the following:

Animation Track (26-28 credits):

ART 110 Figure Drawing Workshop (1 credit)
CGD 220 Storytelling & Storyboarding (3 credits)
CGD 221 2-D Computer Animation (3 credits)
CGD 223 3-D Modeling I (3 credits)
CGD 331 Digital Video & Audio (3 credits)
CGD 324 3-D Animation I (3 credits)
CGD 325 3-D Animation II (3 credits)
CGD 360 Digital Texturing & Lighting (3 credits)
CGD 497 Advanced 3-D Seminar (3 credits)

Animation Electives (Choose one course from the following):
ART 310 Figure Drawing Workshop (1 credit)
CGD 253 Web Publishing (3 credits)
CGD 303 Publication Design (3 credits)
CGD 323 3-D Modeling II (3 credits)
CGD 330 Digital Still Imaging (3 credits)
CGD 392 IS Internship (3 credits)
CGD 432 3-D Animation III (3 credits)

Print Media Track (27 credits):

ART 315 Computer Art II (3 credits)
BUS 330 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
INF 240 Visual & Verbal Presentations (3 credits)
CGD 253 Web Publishing (3 credits)
CGD 303 Publication Design (3 credits)
BUS 317 Introduction to Advertising (3 credits)
CGD 318 Introduction to Public Relations and Promotional Writing (3 credits)
CGD 340 Print Production (3 credits)

Print Media Electives (Choose one course from the following):
ART 225 Photography I (3 credits)
BUS 317 Introduction to Advertising (3 credits)
BUS 330 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
BUS 352 e-Business (3 credits)
CGD 220 Storytelling & Storyboarding (3 credtis)
CGD 221 2-D Computer Animation (3 credits)
CGD 223 3-D Modeling I (3 credits)
CGD 332 Internship (3 credits)
CGD 353 Dynamic Publishing (3 credits)
INF 220 IS Principles (3 credits)
INF 391 IS Seminar I (3 credits)
INF 392 IS Internship (3 credits)

Web Design Track (27 credits):

BUS 330 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
BUS 352 e-Business (3 credits)
CGD 221 2-D Computer Animation (3 credits)
CGD 305 Communication Design (3 credits)
CGD 307 Web Publishing (3 credits)
CGD 303 Communication Design (3 credits)
INF 322 Database Management Systems (3 credits)
INF 247 Database Analysis (3 credits)
CGD 405 Advanced Web Publishing (3 credits)

Web Design Track Electives (Choose one course from the following):
INF 240 Visual & Verbal Presentations
ART 315 Computer Art II
CGD 353 Dynamic Publishing
BUS 317 Introduction to Advertising
CGD 331 Digital Video and Audio
INF 245 Spreadsheet Analysis

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