Graphic Design | Advising Handbook

The Graphic Design program is part of the Media Arts department. The department includes programs in related fields including Journalism, Graphic Design, Multimedia, and Speech and Communications.

Students who are interested in graphic design or who are declared majors/minors should take MEDA 116, Graphic Design I as soon as possible and no later than their sophomore year. This course is typically offered every fall semester.

Courses that are required in the graphic design major and should be taken prior to the junior year are:

  • MEDA 116, Graphic Design I
  • MEDA 202, Photography and Imaging for Media
  • MEDA 209, Graphic Design II

Important note: The Graphic Design major and minor replaced the Integrated Media major and minor and the Communications Design minor in the fall of 2019. In the fall of 2020, the Media Arts Department revised its majors and minors as part of the College of Arts and Science Major Review Template process. Below are the new requirements for the Graphic Design major. The following tables show the anticipated offering schedule of the required and elective courses in the graphic design major.

 

Required Courses

Required Courses

Credits

Offered

MEDA 116, Graphic Design I

4

every fall

MEDA 202, Photography and Imaging for Media

4

every spring

MEDA 209, Graphic Design II

4

every spring

MEDA 305, Identity Design

4

annually

MEDA 434, Media Law & Ethics

4

annually

MEDA 488/489 Capstone

2 (14 weeks)

every term

 

Elective Courses

The graphic design major requires 16 credits of elective coursework, 8 credits of which must be upper-division. The elective courses provide students with the opportunity to explore different modes of graphic design or to focus on a specific area of design such as web design, publication design, and information design. Students should be advised to complete one or more elective courses in each semester of their sophomore and junior year. Ideally, the 16 elective credits should be complete by the fall of the students’ senior year to set them up for the best possible capstone experience.

Elective Courses

Credits

Offered

MEDA 112, Media and Society

4

annually

MEDA/CS 122, Introduction to Digital Media

2

every fall

MEDA 265, Web Design

4

every other spring

MEDA 316, Advanced Graphic Design Applications

4

every other spring

MEDA 319, Information Design

2

every other winter

MEDA 363, Publication Editing and Design

4

every other fall

ARTHI 260 History of Design

4

annually

OR

 

 

ARTSHI 271, Global Art History II

4

annually

MEDA 250, Video Storytelling

4

annually

OR

 

 

ARTST 210, Drawing I

4

annually

OR

 

 

ENGW 466, Literary Arts Magazine Production

2

annually

BA 309, Marketing

4

annually

OR

 

 

ID 300, Arts Marketing and Advocacy

4

 

OR

 

 

MEDA 201, Interpersonal Communication

4

 

 

Applied Courses

The major also requires at least 4 credits of applied or experiential courses. These courses include MEDA 391 Junior Seminar, MEDA 360 Project Management for Designers, and MEDA 475 Internship. Students are encouraged to take Junior Seminar or Project Management for Designers in preparation for their Senior Capstone, however, an internship can provide students the necessary experience to accomplish their capstone successfully.

Applied Courses

Credits

Offered

MEDA 475, Internship

2-4

every term

MEDA 391, Junior Seminar

4

annually

MEDA 360, Project Management for Designers

4

every other fall

 

 

The ideal four-year schedule for a graphic design major would look like this:

1st year

  • MEDA 116, Graphic Design I
  • MEDA 202, Photography and Imaging for Media
  • 1-2 elective courses (e.g. MEDA/CS 122 Intro. To Digital Media, and ARTHI 260 History of Design)

2nd year

  • Any of the above if not already taken
  • MEDA 209, Elements of Graphic Design
  • 1-2 elective courses (e.g. MEDA 265 Web Design, and MEDA 250 Video Storytelling)

3rd year

  • Any of the above if not already taken
  • MEDA 305, Identity Design
  • MEDA 391 Junior Seminar OR MEDA 360 Project Management
  • 1-2 elective courses (e.g. MEDA 319 Information Design, and MEDA 363 Publication Design)

4th year

  • Any remaining required courses
  • Any remaining elective courses
  • MEDA 488/489, Senior Capstone in Graphic Design

 

Two-Year Plan – only possible if transferring in art/design coursework.

1st year

  • MEDA 116, Graphic Design I, if necessary
  • MEDA 202, Photography and Imaging for Media, if necessary
  • MEDA 209, Elements of Graphic Design, if necessary
  • MEDA 391, Junior Seminar OR MEDA 360, Project Management
  • At least two elective courses

2nd year

  • Any of the above if not already taken​​​​​​​
  • MEDA 305, Identity Design​​​​​​​
  • MEDA 434, Media Law and Ethics
  • MEDA 488/489, Senior Capstone in Graphic Design
  • Any remaining elective courses
  • Graphic Design Minor Requirements
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Course Number

Course Name

Credits

Notes

Offered

Required: Take all of the following (12 credits)

MEDA 116

Graphic Design I

4

Replaces MEDA 109 and MEDA 216

Fall

MEDA 209

Elements of Graphic Design

4

Prereq: MEDA 116 or MEDA 109

Spring

MEDA 305

Identity Design

4

Prereq: MEDA 209

Spring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12

 

 

 

 

 

Course Number

Course Name

Credits

Notes

Offered

Electives: Take 10 credits from this list, 8 must be upper-division

MEDA 122

Intro. to Digital Media

2

 

Annually

MEDA 265

Web Design

4

 

Bi-Annually

MEDA 316

Adv. Graphic Design Apps

4

Prereq: MEDA 216 or MEDA 116

Bi-Annually

MEDA 319

Information Design

2

Prereq: MEDA 209

Bi-Annually

MEDA 360

Project Management for Designers

4

Prereq: MEDA 209

Bi-Annually

MEDA 363

Publication Editing and Design

4

Prereq: MEDA 116

Bi-Annually

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22 Total Required Credits

 

REV 2020

 

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