An Interdisciplinary Program within the Art & Design Department, including the Computer Science, Mass Communication, and Marketing Departments.
The Graphic Design Option is an interdisciplinary program based in the Art & Design Department. Course work is also required in the Computer Science, Mass Communication and Marketing departments; upper-division course work is integrated among all three departments. Building on a foundation in design, drawing, studio arts, and art history, students work with current graphic design software, gaining experience in print design and web design. The capstone experience includes required participation in the Senior Design Exhibition and possible internship in the graphic design field with a regional business. Students will be required to use Apple laptop computers.
ADMISSION TO THE PROGRAM
Students are encouraged to declare the Graphic Design Option as their major upon entering WSU; formal admission to the program requires the following:
1. Completion of ART 118 (Drawing I), ART 150 (Digital 2-D Design), and ART 243 (Typography) .
2. Completion of an application form.
3. Submission of a portfolio of examples with the application form. The application review process takes place each Fall and Spring semester.
B. A. MAJOR - GRAPHIC DESIGN OPTION (ARTG)
66 total S.H. (No Minor Required)
REQUIRED CORE COURSES (66 S.H.)
Art (45 S.H.)
ART 150 Digital 2-D Design (3)
ART 115 3-D Design (3)
ART 118 Drawing I (3)
ART 218 Drawing II (3)
ART 221 Art History I (3)
ART 222 Art History II (3)
ART 243 Typography (3)
ART 260 Print Design (3)
ART 265 Packaging Design (3)
# ART 360 New Media Design (3)
# ART 365 Campaign Design IV (3)
# ART 439 Later Twentieth Century Art (3) or ART 441 History of Modern Design
# ART 460 Design Capstone (3)
Art Studio Elective (3 S.H.)
ART 217 Painting I (3) OR
ART 330 Printmaking I (3)
Mass Communication (9 S.H.)
MCOM 210 Visual Communication (3)
MCOM 215 Photocommunication (3)
MCOM 260 Advertising (3)
Marketing (6 S.H.)
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3)
(no prerequisites required) AND one of the following:
MKGT 329 Sports Marketing (3) OR
MKGT 333 Topics in Marketing (3) OR
MKGT 341 E-Commerce (3)
Communication Studies (3 S.H.)
CMST 266 Professional Communication Skills (3)
Computer Science (3 S.H.)
CS 116 Web Technology (3)
Internship (3 S.H.)
ART 399 Design Internship (3)
Note: Majors who are unable to obtain an internship must
MGMT 315 Principles of Management (3) OR
MGMT 325 Organization Dynamics (3)
ART 444 Senior Seminar (3)
ART 460 Design Capstone (3)
Math/Critical Analysis #
ART 360 New Media Design (3)
ART 417 Advanced Painting (3)
ART 418 Advance Drawing II (3)
ART 420 Ceramics II (3)
ART 428 Advanced Sculpture (3)
ART 365 Campaign Design (3)
ART 435 Italian Renaissance Art (3)
ART 437 Nineteenth Century Art (3)
ART 438 Early Twentieth Century Art (3)
ART 439 Later Twentieth Century Art (3)
115 - 3-D Design (3 S.H.)
Foundation experience in manipulating materials in three-dimensional space. Broad range of basic materials, tools, and techniques used to solve problems in creating objects and spaces.
118 - Drawing I (3 S.H.)
An examination of fundamental concepts in the art of drawing, while students acquire basic studio skills. This course develops visual perception, aesthetic judgment and sound studio practice. May include work from the nude model.
120 - Introduction to Ceramics (3 S.H.)
An introduction to basic ceramic techniques for art minors, B. S. art teaching majors, and non-art majors.
128 - Introduction to Sculpture (3 S.H.)
An introduction to basic sculpture techniques for art minors and non-art majors.
130 - Introduction to Printmaking (3 S.H.)
An introduction to basic printmaking techniques for art minors and non-art majors.
135 - Introduction to Watercolor (3 S.H.)
Painting with watercolor and other water-soluble materials, used alone or in combination. Prerequisites: ART 114 and ART 118 or instructor’s permission.
150 - Digital 2-D Design (3 S.H.)
This foundation design course introduces the student to the principles of digital art and design. Students will examine a variety of contemporary design tools, which include but are not limited to digital software (Photoshop, illustrator, InDesign), Wacom tablets and touch based devices. Grade only. Offered each semester.
217 - Painting I (3 S.H.)
Beginning studio practice in oil and/or acrylic media. Students explore basic problems of form and space on a two-dimensional surface using traditional and contemporary methods. Visual analysis of historic and contemporary work is employed extensively in this course and is designed to broaden and facilitate the examination of form and technique in painting. Prerequisites: ART 114 and ART 118.
218 - Drawing II (3 S.H.)
Continued experience in drawing in a variety of media with emphasis upon thematic problems and on the human figure, including the nude model. Prerequisite: ART 118. Grade only.
221 - Art History I (3 S.H.)
The first of two courses in a year-long survey of the history of art, beginning with the Prehistoric Era and continuing through Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Emphasis on the formal and cultural foundations of Western Art. Grade only.
222 - Art History II (3 S.H.)
The second half of the year-long survey of the history of art extends from the Renaissance period through the modern age. The survey concludes with developments just prior to World War II. Prerequisite: ART 221. Grade only.
224 - American Art (3 S.H.)
Survey of the visual arts in the United States from the Colonial Era through the Great Depression. Emphasis on the emergence and evolution of American art traditions as indicative of national experience. Grade only.
228 - Sculpture I (3 S.H)
Introduction to sculpture for art majors and minors. Modeling, carving, fabrication, and/or casting techniques used to explore abstract sculptural form as well as forms from nature and the model. Sculptural ideas investigated with the aid of slides, lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. Prerequisite: ART 115. Grade only.
243 - Typography (3 S.H.)
This class is an investigation of the expressive potential of typography as a critical element of visual communications and electronic media. Prerequisite: ART 150. Grade only.
252 - Survey of Women Artists (3 S.H.)
Lecture/discussion course surveying the history of European and American women artists from the 12th century to the present. Social and cultural environments for women in each era are considered, as well as individual artist’s contributions to the history of art. A research paper is required. Core disciplinary course for women’s and gender studies minor. Grade only.
260 - Print Design (3 S.H.)
This course introduces students to current digital drawing practices and fundamental, conceptual design theory. In a series of exercises, students explore the creation of visual responses to solve visual problems. They acquire skills in illustration and design theory, using a Macintosh computer and graphic software. Prerequisites: ART 243 and ART 118. Grade only.
265 - Packaging Design II (3 S.H.)
This course introduces students to the design process of page layout and to typographic usages. The course emphasizes layout design software, principles of layout design, paragraph styles, grid systems, desktop publishing skills, letterforms, and typefaces used in publishing and design. Prerequisites: ART 118 and ART 243. Grade only.
317 - Painting II (3 S.H.)
Continued intensive studio practice in oil and/or acrylic media; designed to expand and develop the student’s skill and understanding in working with representational and abstract problems of form. Students are encouraged to initiate work in an individual direction and to engage in an ongoing study of relevant historic and contemporary painting, including emerging trends. Prerequisite: ART 217 or instructor’s permission. P/NC option.
318 - Advanced Drawing I (3 S.H.)
Extensive studio practice in figure drawing. Emphasis in acquiring formal and technical proficiency using the drawing media. Development of the student’s personal direction and expression through these media. Prerequisite: ART 218.
320 - Ceramics I (3 S.H.)
Introduction to ceramics with an emphasis on clay materials and on hand building and wheel throwing techniques. Vessel and sculptural concepts are explored with the aid of slides, lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. Prerequisite: ART 115.
328 - Sculpture II (3 S.H.)
Fabrication and/or casting techniques are practiced. Students build on previous skills and identify personal aesthetic concerns. Formal and conceptual sculptural issues are explored with the aid of slides, discussions, and critiques. Prerequisite: ART 228. Grade only.
330 - Printmaking I (3 S.H.)
Introduction to printmaking processes and the creation of “multiple” images. Experimental techniques, conceptualization, and studio practice are emphasized. Prerequisites: ART 114 and ART 118. Grade only.
360 - New Media Design III (3 S.H.)
An introduction to basic digital imaging practices emphasizing fundamental skills, concepts, and creative thinking in a series of problem solving exercises. Student explorations will involve the integration of digital-imaging software with photographic capture, manipulation, enhancement, and application of images with type and page layout. Prerequisite: CS 116, ART 118 and 243 . Grade only.
365 - Campaign Design IV (3 S.H.)
An introduction to basic digital techniques emphasizing fundamental skills, concepts, and creative processes as applied to interactive media. Student explorations will involve the integration of WYSIWYG software, incorporating digital imagery, scripting, typography, and other design elements of interactive media as well as the architectural structures for information. Prerequisite: ART 260, ART 265, ART 360. Grade only.
375 - Advanced Design Project (3 S.H.)
This course offers students the opportunity to develop advanced studio design projects. In addition to the advancement of design and problem solving skills, the course focuses on developing creative processes and methodologies as a path to effective design solutions. Prerequisite. ART 260 or ART 265 or ART 360. Grade only. Offered fall and spring semesters. The course can be repeated up to a maximum of 12 credit hours.
399 - Internship (1-3 S.H.)
Work-related experience in appropriate settings such as museums, art centers, commercial offices or studios, and public relations offices. Credit hours to be arranged by a faculty member. May be used as a general art elective. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Prerequisite. ART 260 or ART 265 or ART 360. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits.
417 - Advanced Painting (3 S.H.)
Continued intensive studio practice aimed at formal and technical proficiency in the use of paint. Students work to establish a meaningful direction in their painting, as they begin to identify individual interests concerning form and content. Students engage in an ongoing study of relevant artists’ work, stylistic directions of the modern era and other recent trends including combined media. Preparation and exhibition of completed work is addressed at this level. Prerequisite: ART 317. Grade only. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits.
418 - Advanced Drawing II (3 S.H.)
Intensive, individualized studio practice using the drawing media. Further development of the student’s personal direction and expression through these media. Prerequisite: ART 318. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits.
420 - Ceramics II (3 S.H.)
Development of the student’s personal direction and expression through the ceramic medium. Increased involvement in clay body composition, glaze formulation, and firing techniques. Slides, critiques, and readings in contemporary criticism supplement textbook reading. Prerequisite: ART 320. Grade only. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits.
428 - Advanced Sculpture (3 S.H.)
Personal direction and expression are developed using any appropriate sculptural medium. Slides, critiques, and readings in contemporary criticism contribute to the production of a cohesive body of work. Prerequisite: ART 328. Grade only. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits.
430 - Printmaking II (3 S.H.)
Advanced printmaking processes, using a variety of techniques. Advanced conceptualization and drawing skills are required. Prerequisite: ART 330. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits. Grade only.
433 - Independent Study (1-3 S. H.)
To be arranged with an instructor in studio, art history, or art education. Prerequisites: to be determined by the instructor; junior standing. The permission and signature of the instructor and the departmental stamp is required in order to register . Prerequisite. ART 260 or ART 265 or ART 360. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits. Grade only.
435 - Italian Renaissance Art (3 S.H.)
The painting and sculpture of Italy from the late Gothic Era to about 1600. The course emphasizes the major school and some of the secondary schools, together with the innovations and achievements of individual masters. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: ART 222. Grade only.
437 - Nineteenth Century Art (3 S.H.)
This course traces the transformations in European and American art beginning with the revolutionary period of the late 18th century. It culminates with the rise of the bourgeoisie and the onset of European modernism in the final decades of the 19th century. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: ART 222. Grade only.
438 - Early Twentieth Century Art (3 S.H.)
The historic period of modernist innovation in Europe between 1900 and the World War I era, including American responses, is examined along with some of the art historical methodologies used in analyzing these works. Concludes with developments up to the outbreak of World War II. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: ART 222. Grade only.
439 - Later Twentieth Century Art (3 S.H.)
Emphasis is placed on post-World War II modernism in the United States and on the increasing internationalism, stylistic pluralism, and post-modernism marking the final quarter of the 20th century. Students will also examine the various critical and methodological approaches taken in the study of late 20th century art. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: ART 222. Grade only.
441 - History of Modern Design (3 S.H.)
An in-depth examination of the history and development of modern design, from circa 1800 until the present day. Much attention is paid to the relationship between design innovation and social and technological change. Design objects, tendencies, and movements are analyzed at length. Prerequisite: ART 222 - Survey of Modern Art. Grade only. Offered annually.
460 - Design Capstone (3 S.H.)
A continued exploration of advanced graphic design practices with primary emphasis on design theories of conceptual visualization for presentation and self-promotion. Through research, discussions, oral presentations, and practical explorations, students will prepare and finalize solutions for corporate identity, package, and label design. Students will also study readings in design criticism and semiotics, including recent or emerging design trends. This is the final step in the Graphic Design curriculum whereby students create portfolio pieces for their Senior Exhibition(s), which constitutes the department’s capstone experience. Prerequisite: ART 365. Grade only.