Graphic Design Studies

Requirements for the Major in Graphic Design. The major in graphic design requires 58 semester hours in graphic design, studio art and art history courses with grades of C- or better.

semester hours

24

Department of Art Requirements

 

4

ARTH:101 Introduction to Art History I or
ARTH:102 Introduction to Art History II

 

4

ARTS:111 Foundations of Art I

 

4

ARTS:112 Foundations of Art II

 

4

ARTS:113 Drawing

 

4

ARTS:241 Black and White Photography or
ARTS:243 Digital Photography

 

4

ARTH:412 Contemporary Art

20

Graphic Design Requirements

 

4

ARTG:251 Computer Applications in Graphic Design

 

4

ARTG:252 Visual Communication

 

4

ARTG:253 Typography

 

4

ARTG:353 Advanced Typography

 

4

ARTG:451 Graphic Design Studio

14

Graphic Design Electives, chosen from the following:

 

4

ARTS:241 Black and White Photography

 

4

ARTS:243 Digital Photography

 

4

ARTS:244 Advanced Photography

 

2

ARTG:351 Graphic Design for the Internet

 

4

ARTG:352 Package Design

 

4

ARTG:360 Topics in Graphic Design

 

1–4

ARTS:400 Independent Study

 

1–4

ARTS:404 Internship

 

2

ARTG:460 Advanced Topics in Graphic Design

Art History, Studio Art and Graphic Design Internships. The department encourages art history, studio art and graphic design students to apply for special internships in their fields. These opportunities provide an introduction to professional art experiences. State and regional museums offer positions that sometimes pay a small stipend. Several local companies support internships in advertising design and photography services. The university’s Lore Degenstein Gallery also offers an intern program in gallery operations with projects tailored to students’ individual interests.

Off-Campus Study. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to spend a semester or a year studying art off campus. Susquehanna art and art history majors have access to art centers all over Europe, particularly in London, Florence, the south of France and Paris. A liberal arts program at Regent’s College in London is one of the special programs available to art majors. Others may choose extended off-campus study in this country in New York or Washington. New centers are added to this list each year. This experience enriches the artistic spirit and opens up avenues for future careers. Students with foreign language interests can combine language and art studies abroad.

Honors Courses. The department periodically offers courses for honors credit. These typically address specific critical issues in art history. Students participate in lively discussions through weekly presentations of current problems in the art world.

The Department of Art awards honors status for graduation for students receiving a 3.7 or higher GPA in the studio art, graphic design or art history major. Only four internship hours may be considered in this calculation.