Graphic Design Minor
Students are trained to combine words and images so that they can use both to form powerful new messages. Using a combination of theoretical projects and real client interaction, students are encouraged to take an expansive view of design’s possibilities as they partner with other artists, writers, and clients, as well as work independently to shape communication. Graphic designers are—first and foremost—artists. Designers receive extensive training in both fine art and publication design techniques.
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This minor is available to Art and Visual Technology majors. AVT majors must complete 12 credits unique to the minor. It is recommended that non-AVT majors take AVT 104 for their Art Mason Core requirement as well as AVT 180 for the Information Technology (IT, except ethics) requirement. These courses are prerequisites for Graphic Design coursework.
Students must earn a grade of a C or better in required AVT coursework.
- AVT 215 - Typography (4 credits)
- AVT 311 - Graphic Design Methods and Principles (3 credits)
- AVT 313 - Editorial Design (3 credits)
or AVT 414 - Corporate Design and Branding (3 credits)
- AVT 412 - Advanced Typography (3 credits)
or AVT 416 Advertising Design (3 credits)
- AVT 418 - Experiential Design History (3 credits)
Total: 16 credits
Art and Visual Technology majors who choose a Graphic Design minor will work in well-equipped labs with the latest graphic design software. Students have opportunities to hear from leaders in their field through the Visual Voices speaker series. In addition, students go to New York several times during their college career to experience its rich collection of museums and galleries. Art and Visual Technology majors also exhibit their work on campus in multiple galleries.