Requirements for a Major in Graphic Design and Communication

Major Requirements

Required Core - 42 hours
3 ART 111 Drawing I (gen ed)
3 ART 121 Design I 2D (gen ed)
3 ARTH 121 Introduction to Visual Arts (gen ed)
3 MCOM 161 Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing
3 MCOM 261 Intermediate Desktop Publishing
3 MCOM 265 Basic Photography
3 MCOM 315 Computer Production & Imaging
3 MCOM 350 Digital Photography
3 MCOM 351 Web Publishing I
3 MCOM 361 Advanced Desktop Publishing
3 MCOM 494 Internship
3 MCOM 495 Practicum
3 ARTH 211 History of World Art I OR 3 ARTH 212 History of World Art II
3 ARTH 456 Recent Developments in Visual Arts OR 3 MCOM 210 Basic Newswriting

Take one of the following:
3 ART 211 Drawing III - Figurative
3 ART 330 Painting Techniques
3 ART 430 Watercolor
3 ART 335 Digital Illusion
3 MCOM 365 Advanced Photography
3 MCOM 430 Media Law

A minor is required for this major.

Art Classes

Edit Drawing 1

Title

Drawing I

Section Number

ART-111

Description

Beginning camera and darkroom techniques, including processing, printing, and digitizing black and white photographs. Survey of the field of photography and its uses.

Credits

3.00

Edit Design I 2D

Title

Design I 2D

Section Number

ART-121

Description

Emphasizes the organization of visual elements and principles while exploring creative thought processes through art theory, concepts, materials, and techniques.

Credits

3.00

Edit Intro To Visual Arts

Title

Introduction to the Visual Arts

Section Number

ARTH-121

Description

This required course for all Art majors and minors is designed to provide an introductory understanding of the visual arts from early history to the present.  The course may be used to meet a portion of the humanities general education requirements. 

Credits

3.00

Edit History of World Art I

Title

History of World Art I

Section Number

ARTH-211

Description

Art and architecture in the historical and contextual development of the role of visual arts, including crafts, drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture, in the historical and cultural development of world civilization from prehistory through the 14th century. (Fall)

Credits

3.00

Edit History of World Art II

Title

History of World Art II

Section Number

ARTH-212

Description

Art and architecture in the historical and contextual development of the role of visual arts, including crafts, drawing, painting, sculpture and architecture, in the historical and cultural development of world civilization from the renaissance through the 20th century. (Spring)

Credits

3.00

Edit Recent Developments in Visual Arts

Title

Recent Developments in Visual Arts

Section Number

ARTH-456

Description

This course explores a number of in-depth topics on the visual arts from 1950 to the present.  Awareness of cultural issues on local and international levels will be emphasized.  This will be a writing intensive course with three major research papers.  It also will include a studio component related to the research topics.

Credits

3.00

Edit Drawing III - Figurative

Title

Drawing III- Figurative

Section Number

ART-211

Description

Figurative drawing studied, emphasizing the development of individual ideas and approaches to various drawing media, including the use of multimedia. (Fall)

Credits

3.00

PreRequisite

ART 111

Edit Painting Techniques

Title

Painting Techniques

Section Number

ART-330

Description

This basic course explores the potentials of the painting media with emphasis on color and composition.  Oil and acrylic media will be used in the exploration of the picture surface. (Spring)

Credits

3.00

PreRequisite

ART 111 and ART 122   

Edit Watercolor

Title

Watercolor

Section Number

ART-430

Description

Generates creative experiences in developing and evaluating visual ideas expressed in watercolor through discussion and utilization of master artists' watercolor approaches and techniques. (Fall) 

Credits

3.00

Edit Computer Illustration

Title

Computer Illustration

Section Number

ARTD-335

Description

Computer graphics and illustration students produce professional quality illustrations for a variety of art and publication markets as they master advanced techniques in electronic imaging using computer illustration software. (Spring, Odd Years)

Credits

3.00


Mass Communications Classes

Edit Basic Newswriting

Title

Basic Newswriting

Section Number

MCOM-210

Description

Introduces students to gathering, evaluating, and writing news.

Credits

3.00

PreRequisite

ENGL 101

Edit Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing

Title

Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing

Section Number

MCOM-161

Description

Fundamental design principles, techniques, and technology of electronic layout and production.

Credits

3.00

Edit Intermediate Desktop Publishing

Title

Intermediate Desktop Publishing

Section Number

MCOM-261

Description

Students will continue their study of design principles and desktop publishing procedures, techniques and applications at an intermediate level.  Multiple desktop publishing/page layout programs will be explored through tutorials and
hands-on exercises, with program features being examined beyond the basic level covered in the fundamental course.  Students will demonstrate their learning through individual publishing projects they will develop.

Credits

3.00

PreRequisite

MCOM 161   

Edit Basic Photography

Title

Basic Photography

Section Number

MCOM-265

Description

Beginning camera and darkroom techniques, including processing, printing, and digitalizing black and white photographs.  Survey of the field of photography and its uses.

Credits

3.00

Edit Computer Production & Imaging

Title

Computer Production & Imaging

Section Number

MCOM-315

Description

The student will study various reproduction and printing methods including offset printing to computer publishing.  Course projects will develop creative concepts from the original idea and copy to completed artwork and camera-ready paste-ups.

Credits

3.00

PreRequisite

MCOM 265

Edit Computer Aided Photography

Title

Computer Aided Photography

Section Number

MCOM-350

Description

This course will introduce students to the techniques and software used in the production of digital imagery.  A variety of photo manipulation and graphics programs will be explored as they pertain to image making and printing.  Both conventional and digital cameras will be used to create new and manipulate existing photographs. (Spring, Even Years)

Credits

3.00

PreRequisite

MCOM 161 and MCOM 265

Edit Web Publishing I

Title

Web Publishing I

Section Number

MCOM-351

Description

Basic and intermediate techniques for creating documents for the World Wide Web.  Emphasis will be placed on the principles of design, using the most recent versions of hypertext markup language and enhancements.

Credits

3.00

Edit Advanced Desktop Publishing

Title

Advanced Desktop Publishing

Section Number

MCOM-361

Description

This is an advanced course in design principles and desktop publishing procedures, techniques, and applications. Top-level desktop publishing/page layout programs will be explored through tutorials and hands-on exercises, with advanced program features being examined beyond the transitional level covered in the intermediate course.  Students will demonstrate their learning through sophisticated and complex individual publishing projects they will develop.  The course will also include a study of typography including type families and characteristics, and how to choose appropriate fonts for different styles of documents and projects. 

Credits

3.00

PreRequisite

MCOM 161 and MCOM 261

Edit Advanced Photography

Title

Advanced Photography

Section Number

MCOM-365

Description

Exploration of photojournalism and electronic photojournalism.  Emphasis on putting together a professional photojournalism portfolio including black and white and color.

Credits

3.00

PreRequisite

MCOM 265

Edit Practicum

Title

Practicum

Section Number

MCOM-495

Description

This course provides an experimental environment for students to learn how to produce and publish a newspaper.  The students will apply their electronic newspaper knowledge and put it into practice in this course.  The collective effort of this class results in the production of a tabloid newspaper -- BHSU TODAY.

Credits

1.00-4.00

PreRequisite

MCOM 161, MCOM 228, MCOM 310 and MCOM 311