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Appalachian State University Department of Art

Graphic Design

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General Education


ART 2030 and ART 2130 taken for the major may count toward General Education



ART 1001Foundations I3
ART 1002Foundations II3
ART 1003Foundations Drawing3

Studio Art


ART 2026Photographic Design I3
ART 2103Drawing II3
ART 2104Digital Imaging3
ART 3050Digital Photographic Design3
Studio Electives, 6 sh
See undergraduate catalog for course offerings.
Studio Elective3
Studio Elective3
Printmaking, 3 sh
Printmaking (Etching, Lithography, Relief Printing or Screenprinting)

Art History


ART 2030Art from Pre-history to 14003
ART 2130Art from 1400 to the Present3
ART 2230History of Graphic Design3
Art History Elective, 3
Choose 3 sh to fulfill the Junior Writing in the Discipline requirement (WID). Art History Electives include:
ART 3400Women Artists (WID)3
ART 3600History of Modern Art (WID)3
ART 3630African Art (WID)3
ART 3650Art of Late Antiquity (WID)3
ART 3700Oceanic Art (WID)3
ART 3705Contemporary Art of Africa (WID)3
ART 3710Egyptian Art (WID)3
ART 3730Native Arts of the Americas (WID)3
ART 3750History of Roman Art (WID)3
ART 3800Art Since 1945 (WID)3
ART 3810Photography and Culture (WID)3
ART 3820History of Museums and Collecting (WID)3

Graphic Design Studios


ART 1102 Introduction to Graphic Design3
ART 2102 Typography I3
ART 3102 Typography II3
ART 3202 Interaction Design I3
ART 3302 Idea Lab3
ART 4102 Typography III3
ART 4192 Graphic Design Senior Seminar3
ART 4202 Graphic Design Senior Studio (CAP)3

Graphic Design Electives


Choose 9 sh from the following:
ART 2302 Calligraphy3
ART 3312 Motion Graphics 3
ART 3322 Sign, Symbol, Image3
ART 3332 Design Methods3
ART 3602 Special Topics in Graphic Design3
ART 3900 Internship3
ART 4302 Interaction Design II3
ART 4312 Graphic Design Professional Practice3
Other with written approval of your advisor3

Professional Development


Communication Skills
Choose 3 sh from the following:
COM 2101Public Speaking3
COM 2110Intro to Nonverbal Comm.3
ENG 3100Business Writing3
ENG 3700Technical Writing3
Related Skills
Choose 3 sh from the following:
ANT 1415Understanding Culture3
CI 4840Beginning Video Production3
COM 3200Internet Communication3
COM 3100Interviewing Techniques3
COM 3155Persuasion 3
ECO 2030Principles of Economics—Price Theory3
IDS 3260Creativity: An Introduction3
MGT 3060Understanding Entrepreneurship3
MKT 3050Principles of Marketing 3
SD 2400Principles of Sustainable Development3

Free Electives


Total Major Hours128
Major requirements that may count toward GenEd (Art 2030, Art 2130)-6

Net Total Major Hours


Programs of Study

For a more detailed look at degree requirements (with prerequisites) follow these links to the Programs of Study website: