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Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design (Graphic Design & Media Arts)

Visionary Design for Positive Change

We'll help you prepare to become a leader in the visual communications industry and beyond.

Why choose graphic design & media arts at Marian?

From start to finish, you will experience real-world design opportunities from visual identity branding to web design. You will learn how to create visual communication solutions for print and digital media with an emphasis in creative strategy formation, design thinking, visual prototyping, and craft development.

Internship experiences are available within the Indianapolis metropolitan area that compliment your classroom learning. Your work as a student designer is supported by a dedicated department design lab featuring seventeen iMac workstations and high-quality large format printing and scanning.

As a Marian graduate, you will not only be job-ready with a professional portfolio and design experiences but will have developed a personal mission for how your gifts as visual communicator can make a positive contribution to our world.

What will you study?

Bachelor of Arts in Art and Design (Graphic Design & Media Arts)

Core Courses (18 credits)
  • ART 106 Foundations of Art & Design
  • ART 255 Photography and the Moving Image
  • ARH 235 Global Art History I
  • ARH 236 Global Art History II
  • ART 490 MDC Capstone: Influence & Impact
 Choose one:
  • ARH 344 The Modern World:  Artist’s Voices Heard
  • ARH 346 The Contem­porary Scene
Studio Art (27 credits)
  • ART 110 Introduction to Drawing
  • ART 130 Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 200 Sculptural Principles
  • ART 221 Introduction to Painting
  • ART 491 Senior Portfolio & Professional Practice
Choose four:
  • ART 137 Printmaking and Book Arts
  • ART 203 Ceramics I
  • ART 210 Intermediate Drawing
  • ART 321 Intermediate Painting
  • ART 331 Art + Design Ideas
  • ART 380 Advanced Special Topics in Art & Design
  • ART 472 Techniques for Teaching Art (Required)
  • ART 480 Advanced Special Topics in Art & Design
The following portfolio reviews are required for continuation in the program:
  • Foundation Process Book (ART 106, ART 110, and ART 130)
  • Junior Review (ART 331)
  • Senior Review (ART 491)


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