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Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Columbia College is designed to provide students with training in techniques and theory, as well as a thorough background in the history and criticism of graphic design. Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design complete 38-41 semester hours of general education requirements, including Philosophy 330: Ethics, three hours of a multicultural requirement and six hours of a foreign language requirement. In addition, candidates complete a minimum of 63 semester hours in art, 9 of which are upper-level elective studio art courses.

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Degree requirements

General Education Requirements: 38-41 sem. hrs

  • ETHICS COURSE REQUIREMENT:
  • PHIL 330 - Ethics 3 hours

Foreign Language Requirement: 6 sem.

Multicultural Requirement 3 sem. hrs

Core Requirements 63 sem. hrs

  • All must be completed with a grade of C or higher. Courses cannot be taken as Pass/Fail (with the exception of ARTS 399 and ARTS 499 ). Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in all ARTS courses.
  • ARTS 111 - Art and Ideas I 3 hours
  • ARTS 112 - Art and Ideas II 3 hours
  • ARTS 120 - Drawing I 3 hours
  • ARTS 130 - Painting I 3 hours
  • ARTS 140 - 2-D Design 3 hours
  • ARTS 141 - 3-D Design 3 hours
  • ARTS 216 - Graphic Design I 3 hours
  • ARTS 217 - Typography 3 hours
  • ARTS 262 - Printmaking I 3 hours
  • ARTS 271 - Ceramics I 3 hours
  • ARTS 292 - Jewelry I 3 hours
  • ARTS 317 - Web Design I 3 hours
  • ARTS 403 - 20th-Century Art History 3 hours
  • ARTS 496 - Senior Portfolio 3 hours
  • ARTS 499 - Advanced Art/Design Internship 1-3 hours
  • SELECT ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING:
  • ARTS 152 - Digital Photography 3 hours
  • ARTS 244 - Digital Media: Adobe Photoshop 3 hours
  • SELECT ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING:
  • ARTS 222 - Drawing II 3 hours
  • ARTS 302 - Illustration 3 hours
  • SELECT ONE COURSE FROM THE FOLLOWING:
  • ARTS 310 - Renaissance Art History 3 hours
  • ARTS 312 - 17th- and 18th-Century Art History 3 hours
  • ARTS 314 - 19th-Century Art History 3 hours
  • ARTS 370 - History of Photography 3 hours
  • ARTS 406 - American Art History 3 hours
  • 9 upper-level studio electives (see below for options)

Art Studio Electives 9 sem. hrs

  • Candidates must complete 9 upper-level studio electives. Possible electives are:
  • ARTS 416 - Graphic Design III 3 hours
  • ARTS 417 - Web Design II 3 hours
  • ARTS 374 - Video Art 3 hours
  • ARTS 316 - Graphic Design II 3 hours
  • ARTS 318 - Corporate Identity 3 hours

Final Evaluation

  • Completion of a final evaluation by satisfactorily passing ARTS 496, Senior Portfolio 3 hours , a course designed to assess the outcomes of the program.

Notes:

  • ARTS 111: Art and Ideas I meets Multicultural graduation requirement.

Locations

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