Visual and Creative Arts majors in graphic design receive instruction in the foundations of studio art. Building upon this foundation, students engage in specialized studies in print and digital media grounded in an understanding of the social impact of the arts. The program is designed to prepare students for entry into either graduate school or a position in the profession. For qualified students, internships are arranged during the senior year. Graphic design students work in a stat-of-the-art computer design studio dedicated solely to the department.
Major for Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) in Visual Creative Arts: Graphic Design
All Visual and Creative Arts majors experience a set of core courses that provide the foundations of visual understanding and the creative impulse. The core courses include: ARH 240, ART 110, ART 120, and ART 255. VCA majors can then choose from four programs within the Department of Visual and Creative Arts. These four programs include art history, documentary studies, graphic design, and studio art (with or without a concentration in art therapy).
The graphic design program requires 33 credits including ART 206, ART 226, ART 229, ART 326, ART 327, ART 426, ART 427, ART 490, ART 491, and three credits of a studio arts course. The program is completed with six hours of 300-level ARH courses. Students enter the department as B.A. visual and creative arts majors. There is a portfolio review after the completion of 110, 120, 206, and two graphic design courses. The average GPA for the above listed courses must be a “B” or better along with a favorable review rating in order to be accepted into the graphic design program. Only students accepted into the program are eligible for the ART 460 Art Internship.
Minor in Graphic Design
22 credits minimum in art and art history including ART 110, 120, 206, 229, ARH 240, and two additional art courses from 226, 255, 326, 327, 329, or 380 on a graphic design topic.
Accredited Off-Campus Courses
Marian University Visual and Creative Arts majors may take up to 12 credits of pre-approved activities courses at the Indianapolis Art Center for application to their degree at Marian University. These are courses not normally offered at Marian University.