Academics | Concentrations

Graphic Design

Welcome to the Graphic Design page. This program focuses on the development of a series of rigorous, problem-solving, experiential educational opportunities in tandem with the development of technological skills in order to grow a range of abilities ( including flexibility ) which respond to the ever-changing, ( and unforeseeable ) challenges of the millennium's communication design needs.

There has never been a more exciting time to be a graphic designer. At the forefront of a visually engaged culture, designers complement the written word to inspire and persuade, bring organization and structure to data, and make clear the obscure. In the School of Art's Graphic Design program, we train designers to be equally at home combining words and images so that they can use both in tandem to form powerful new messages.

Using a combination of theoretical projects and real client interaction, students are encouraged to take an expansive view of design's possibilities as they partner with other artists, writers and clients; as well as work independently to shape communication.

Graphic Artists are--first and foremost--Artists. Designers receive extensive training in both fine art and publication design techniques. Additionally, they receive the benefits of leaving the University prepared for an ever expanding choice of careers in publishing, graphic design, advertising, and other aligned industries.

SOA Graphic Design BA Eight Semester/Four Year Planning Guide
(Course prerequisites are in parentheses)

Fall Spring
AVT 104 AVT 105
AVT 222
Fall Spring
AVT 180 = IT GenEd + 1 credit Ethics course AVT 215 B&E (104, 105, 222)
AVT 252 B&E
Fall Spring
AVT 311 (215) AVT 313 (215, 311)
Fall Spring
AVT 414 (215, 311, 313, 252) AVT 498 (AVT 215, 311, 313, 414)
Senior Synthesis Requirement
1 AVT 414 required for students beginning under GMU Catalog 2003-04

SOA Graphic Design BA Four Semester/
Two Year Planning Guide for
VCCS Transfer Students with appropriate ART transfer credits

(Course prerequisites are in parentheses)

Fall Spring
AVT 311 (215 or transfer equivalent) AVT 313 (215, 311)
AVT 252 (or upcoming spring) AVT 252
Fall Spring
AVT 4141 (215, 311, 313, 252) AVT 498 (AVT 215, 311, 313, 4141)
Senior Synthesis Requirement
1 AVT 414 required for students beginning under GMU Catalog 2003-04

For more information on the web, as well as professional resources, contact the following links:

American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
The Art Directors Club of Metropolitan DC