VISCOM: Graphic Design

Graphic Design at Avila

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
To be a graphic designer, you’ll develop these strengths: your own visual style, conceptualizing skills, client-oriented problem solving, and technical skills such as software and printing technology. Avila’s graphic design major prepares you for professional practice, with hands-on experience. 90+% of our graduates in the last 10 years have found employment in the design field.

Studio coursework in the graphic design major includes typography, conceptualization methodology, publication, logo and brand design, and web/interactive design.  Computer coursework includes industry-standard software for page layout, image development, photo manipulation, and web/interactive development.  You’ll also study traditional as well as digital photography. In your senior year, you’ll prepare your portfolio and do freelance work for area clients.  Invited professionals from the design community will review your portfolio and offer feedback on your design and presentation.  Our students gain valuable experience interning with design and advertising agencies, marketing and public relation firms, and publishers in the community.

Career Outcomes
Graphic Design is an ever-expanding and evolving profession, which involves creating visual solutions to communication problems. The career prospects for this exciting field continue to grow and be re-defined. Creative, passionate individuals can find careers ranging from traditional print design to cutting-edge new media. More information for those considering a career in graphic design can be found on the website of AIGA, the professional organization for design. Check out the AIGA graphic design career guide here: http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/guide-careerguide.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F. A.) in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design BFA program prepares students to be life-long contributors to the global community. Through a rigorous curriculum in design research and theory, conceptual thinking, formal experimentation, and professional practice, students learn to be thoughtful visual communicators across a wide range of media. Courses focus on the development of well-intentioned problem solving that identifies appropriate solutions for audience and context.

Graduates of the program have enjoyed success in a variety of design professions, from traditional print design to cutting-edge new media. Career prospects continue to expand and be redefined in this evolving field. More information for those considering a career in graphic design can be found on the website of AIGA, the professional organization for design. Check out the AIGA graphic design career guide here: http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/guide-careerguide.


Degree Requirements
BFA: 120 total credit hours
Core Curriculum: 39-40 hours
Art Foundation: 21 hours
Graphic Design: 51 hours
General Electives: 9-10 hours

Art Foundation: 21 hours
AR 111 Beginning Drawin
AR 117 Two-Dimensional Design
AR 181 Art of the Ancient World
AR 183 From Renaissance to Modern
AR 212 Intermediate Drawing
AR 218 Principles of Color Theory
AR 387 History of Contemporary Art

Graphic Design: 51 hours
AR 245 Typography I
AR 345 Typography II
AR 271 Digital Media: Design Software
AR 246 Graphics I
AR 346 Graphics II
AR 221 Beginning Photography
AR 322 Intermediate Photography
AR 379 Digital Media: Design for the Web
AR 442 Design Studio I: Identity
AR 444 Design Studio II: Format
AR 447 Design Studio III: Publication
AR 471 Digital Media: Design for the Web II
AR 495 Design Internship
AR 497 Senior Studio
AR 498 Portfolio Preparation

Art Electives: 6 hours
AR 219 Three-Dimensional Design
AR 231 Beginning Ceramics
AR 261 Beginning Painting
AR 351 Printmaking
AR 355 Fiber Design
AR 365 Watercolor

The Graphic Design Minor supplements majors from business, marketing, advertising, and public relations, and computer science. The curriculum helps students develop the visual literacy skills needed to effectively contribute to a wide range of creative enterprises.

Minor Requirements: 18 total credit hours

Design foundations – 12 hours:
AR 117 Two-Dimensional Design (FA)
AR 245 Typography  (FA)
AR 345 Typography II (SP)
AR 271 Digital Media: Design Software (FA, SP)

Mid-level design – 3 hours from the following:
AR 346 Graphics II (SP)
AR 379 Digital Media: Design for the Web (FA)

Upper-level design – 3 hours from the following:
AR 442 Design Studio I: Identity (FA)
AR 444 Design Studio II: Format (SP)
AR 447 Design Studio III: Publication (FA)
AR 471 Digital Media: Design for the Web II (SP)

Open to all undergraduate art majors (Art Education, Art Therapy, Graphic Design). Grants are for up to $1,000 annually, based on the discretion of the grant advisor.

REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Full-time student majoring in art
  2. Regular admissions status (if the student is provisional admit, the student must attain regular status at the completion of the first academic year.)
  3. Personal interview with Art + Design faculty
  4. Letter of recommendation from high school or college instructor, counselor, or other appropriate representatives (internship or work supervisor, coaches, adult media club director, etc.)
  5. Work hours for the department in art or design related tasks (ex. tech support in Mac lab or help with gallery exhibition) for 8-20 hours a semester, depending on grant amount.

Portfolio Review
Your portfolio should include 12 – 20 pieces of recent work. Drawings and photographs do not have to be matted or framed.  You should select artwork that represents the variety and quality of your capabilities as an artist.  Show your ability to draw from life, rather than from printed photographs.  We will look for evidence of originality, creativity, technical skill, and knowledge and versatility of media and subject, as well as an understanding of color, composition, and design.

You can submit your portfolio in a number of ways:  bring the actual work to campus for a review, email pdf of digital files, or provide a CD or flash drive.  It’s recommended that you visit and meet with a faculty member of the Art + Design Department.

In order to renew, you must

  1. Enroll in a minimum of 15 hours of AR credits each year.
  2. Maintain full-time student status
  3. Maintain a 3.0 in art courses taken at Avila.
  4. Fulfill the work hour requirement.

If you have any questions, and to set up an interview with a portfolio review, please contact eric.winter@avila.edu.


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