Graphic Design Programs

Program Coordinator: Cara Thompson
Office: 32 Lanigan Hall
Phone: 314-312-5624
email: cara.thompson@oswego.edu

Degree Offerings:
BFA Graphic Design
BA Track III - Graphic Design
Art Minor

Students in the BFA Graphic Design program concentrate on the study and practice of contemporary graphic design theory, emerging digital media, techniques and application. The Graphic Design program prepares graduates for positions in the visual communications industry. Students use state-of-the-art computer workstations and peripheral devices in a hands-on studio environment to create a wide range of projects. Program studies include studio study of print, web, and multimedia design as well as study of photography, illustration, integrated media, 3D modeling, motion graphics, and animation.

Students earning an art minor or BA degree can also choose to study graphic design. The BA offers ample opportunity for multiple or interdisciplinary studies in various programs across campus including psychology, cognitive science, communications, advertising/marketing, technology education and information science, among others. Many BA students choose to pursue a second major or minor.

BFA Graphic Design

Degree Highlights

· Offers a concentration in the study and practice of contemporary Graphic Design theory and practice.· Prepares graduates for positions in the visual communications industry
·Students use state-of-the-art computer workstations and peripheral devices in a hands-on studio environment to create a wide range of graphic design projects.
·Studies include specific attention in Print Media, Web Design, and Multimedia Design.
·Optional areas of study include Three-dimensional Modeling, Animation, Videography, Book Arts and Illustration.
·Electives ensure ample opportunity for study in a wide range of media as well as focus in a specific discipline.
• Students advance from foundation studies to specialize in a medium of their choice.    
·Students use the numerous work-study, assistantship or study abroad programs to gain valuable practical experience.

Requirements (80 Semester Hours):

FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS
  • ART 111 - Freshmen Colloquium or ART 311 - Transfer Student Colloquium
  • ART 105 - Design Concepts I
  • ART 106 - Design Concepts II
  • ART 207 - Digital Media-Static
  • ART 210 - Drawing I
  • ART 243 - Intro to Digital Photography 

GRAPHIC DESIGN CORE REQUIREMENTS

  • ART 209 - Typography
  • Upper Level Drawing - Choose 1 - ART 310, 300, or 322Note: Art 322 is required for all transfer students who do not take ART 210 at SUNY Oswego.
  • ART 307 - Type and Image
  • ART 309 - Digital Media - Motion and Interaction
  • 300 level Study - Choose two courses: ART 308 Type & Image-Static, 312 Traditional Illustration I, 313 Digital Illustration I, 317 Web Design, or 323 Digital Media for Transfers.Note: ART 323 is required for all transfer students who do not take ART 207 at SUNY Oswego
  • 400 level Study - Choose one course: ART 408 Advance Graphic Design, 409 Multimedia, 413 Digital Illustration II, 417 Web Design II, 425 Advanced Printmaking, 443 Advanced Digital Photography, 448 Creative Code for Artist, 451 Motion Graphics,or 498 Internship
  • ART 414 - Graphic Design Practicum
  • ART 492 - BFA Exhibition 

GRAPHIC DESIGN ELECTIVES 
Choose three courses not previously taken in Digital Media, Graphic Design, Photography, Printmaking, and Illustration

STUDIO ART ELECTIVE 
Choose one course not previously taken in Ceramics, 2D Design, 3D Design Drawing, Illustration, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture

ART HISTORY/MUSEUM STUDIES REQUIREMENTS

  • ART 250 - Survey of Art I
  • ART 251 - Survey of Art II
  • ART 365 - History of Graphic Design
  • Upper division Art Hist/Museum Studies 6
  • Choose two courses numbered 300 or higher

ELECTIVES
Any six classes in art, graphic design, art history or museum studies. Note: Art 322 is required for all transfer students.

BA: Track III - Graphic Design 

Offerings include Drawing, Design, Graphic Design, Web Design, Multimedia Design, Illustration, Photography, and Printmaking. Students who earn this degree look for careers as in-house Graphic Designers as well as work in design studios and advertising agencies. Students who couple a BA in Graphic Design with a second major can work in any number of Graphic Communication and Telecommunication fields. Some BA students opt for graduate studies in MA and MFA programs in Graphic Design, Broadcasting, Digital Media, Advertising and Marketing. Others continue on the graduate level in such twenty-first century disciplines as Information Architecture or Human Computer Interface Design.

BA - GRAPHIC DESIGN REQUIREMENTS (40 Semester Hours):

FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • ART 111 - Freshmen Colloquium or ART 311 - Transfer Student Colloquium 1
  • ART 105 - Design Concepts I - 2D
  • ART 106 - Concepts II - 3D
  • ART 207 - Digital Media - Static
  • ART 210 - Drawing I
  • ART 243 - Intro Digital Photography
GRAPHIC DESIGN CORE REQUIREMENTS:
  • ART 209 - Typography 
  • ART 307 - Type and Image
  • ART 414 - Graphic Design Practicum

GRAPHIC DESIGN ELECTIVES: 
Choose two  not previously taken in Digital Media, Graphic Design, Photography, Printmaking, and Illustration

Note: ART 323 is required for all transfer students who do not take ART 207 at SUNY Oswego

ART HISTORY/MUSEUM STUDIES REQUIRMENTS:

  • ART 250 - Survey of Art I
  • ART 251 - Survey of Art II
  • ART 365 - History of Graphic Design

Options For Second Majors & Minors

Combinations Suggested for BA: Track I – Studio Art

Preparing For Work In A Gallery Or Museum

  • A minor in Arts Management. May also wish to consider a minor in Business Administration with a Marketing Emphasis, or Business Administration—Leadership Emphasis
  • A minor in Art History
  • A second major in Public Relations

Preparing For Work Or Graduate Study In Art Therapy

  • A minor in Expressive Art Therapy

Combinations Suggested for BA: Track II – Art History

Preparing For Work In A Gallery Or Museum

  • A minor in Arts Management. May also wish to consider a minor in Business Administration with a Marketing Emphasis, or Business Administration—Leadership Emphasis
  • A second major in Public Relations

Combinations Suggested for BA: Track III – Graphic Design

Preparing For Work In An Agency Or Large Company

  • Second major in Public Relations. May also wish to consider a minor in Business Administration with a Marketing Emphasis
  • Minor in Business Administration—Marketing Emphasis. May also wish to consider a second minor in Business Administration—Leadership Emphasis

Preparing For Work In The Telecommunications Industry

  • Second major in Broadcasting and Mass Communication

Preparing For Work Or Graduate Studies In Web Or Multimedia Design

  • Second major in Information Science
  • Minor in Information Science. May also wish to consider a second minor in Computer Science.

Preparing For Work Or Graduate Studies In Scenic Art Or Environmental Art Design

  • Second major or minor in Theatre with a focus on Set Design and Stage Craft.

ART MINOR 24 SH

FOUNDATIONS

  • ART 105 - Design Concepts I - 2D 
  • ART 210 - Drawing I

STUDIO OR GRAPHIC DESIGN Four courses in Studio Art or Graphic Design 

ART HISTORY

  • ART 250 - Western Heritage I - Survey of Art I
  • ART 251 - Western Heritage II - Survey of Art II