Jan 16, 2019  
2018-2019 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog

Graphic Design


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The Graphic Design concentration is dedicated to practice-based problem-solving paired with conceptual exploration. Our program emphasizes the process of visual communication in a context of message, audience, environment and technology — including print, screen and time-based mediums. Thus, students are encouraged to consider where, when, and for whom they are designing — regardless of final form. Students learn how to approach research and analysis of content as part of the design process, and are encouraged to balance their dual roles as thinkers and makers. Our program promotes multidisciplinary studio experimentation across an array of media and processes, and provides opportunities to participate in community-based design projects.

Through courses such as Graphic Design History, Graphic Design Careers, and Professional Design Practice, students are introduced to a historical context of graphic design as well as contemporary and emerging practices. This program prepares students for the diverse opportunities available in the expanding field of graphic design. https://www.umassd.edu/programs/graphic-design/

Requirements 

Foundation Studio Arts Program


Required of All Majors (except Art History and Music)

Foundation Studio Arts is a rigorous program designed to promote creativity, to develop technical and conceptual skills, and to provide an essential awareness of our visual culture. Its drawing, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital courses serve as prerequisites-requisites for all 200 or higher-level courses in Art + Design and Art Education programs. Its art history component, Introduction to the Study of Art, serve as a prerequisite for higher-level Art History Program study that is demanded by each of the studio art departments.

Except where transferred or advance placement examination credits are accepted in lieu of requirements, first-year students may expect to take five courses, totaling 15 credits, in each of their two first-year semesters. The exception being Art Education majors due to of licensure requirements and increased credit load.

The successful completion of the Foundation Studio Arts program is a required of all candidates for a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

 

  • ARH- Art History Elective (300/400 level) - Credits: 6

University Studies / Distribution


  • ENL 2XX Literature elective - Credits: 3
  • MTH Mathematics elective - Credits: 3
  • Science electives, 3 credits from each area (The Natural World and The Engaged Community) - Credits: 6
  • The Social World: 3 credits from two areas (Human Questions and Contexts, The Nature of US Society) - Credits: 6

Electives


Five courses at any level, may include studios - Credits: 15

Major Studios


The following are designated courses, each of which requires a grade of C or better for advancement. Students who receive less than a C in one of these courses shall be subject to review that may result in provisional continuation or dismissal from the option.

Studio Options and Additional Requirements


  • AXD 2XX level drawing - Credits: 3

       (Consult advisor on selection)

  • Studio electives - Credits: 9
  • 300/400 studio elective - Credits:3

Total credits: 120


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