Course of Study

Graphic Design at ArtCenter cultivates innovative designers with leadership skills.

Students develop sophisticated typographic and image-making skill sets working across both emerging and traditional media—everything from letterpress to data visualization and packaging to spatial experiences—to create emotionally resonant messages.

Curriculum is subject to change.

Graphic Design

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Communication Design 1: Primer 3
Type 1: Fundamentals 3
Digital Basics: Linkedin Learning 1.0 1
Design 1 3
Narrative Sketching 3
Materials of Art and Design 3
TERM 2
Art of Research 3
Motion Design 1 3
Communication Design 2: Information and Context 3
Typography 2: Structure 3
Design 2: Structure and Color 3
Narrative Imaging 3
TERM 3
Intro to Modernism 3
Package Design 1: Design Principles 3
Communication Design 3: Narrative and Scale 3
Type 3: Context 3
Visual Interaction Design 1: Intro to UI 3
TERM 4
Graphic Design History 1 3
Communication Design 4: Identity Systems 3
Mid-level Portfolio Review 0
Type 4 3
Intro to Transmedia 1 3
TERM 5
Graphic Design History 2 3
Information Design 3
Communication Design 5: Transmedia 3
Type 5: Transmedia 3
Area-of-Emphasis Studio Elective 3
TERM 6
Transdisiplinary Studio 3
Area-of-Emphasis Studio Elective 6
TERM 7
Business 101 OR Business and Professional Practice electives 3
Final Portfolio Review 0
Area-of-Emphasis Advanced Studio 3
Area-of-Emphasis Studio Elective 3
TERM 8
Portfolio and Career Preparation 3
Area-of-Emphasis Advanced Studio 3
Area-of-Emphasis Studio Elective 2
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Humanities & Sciences electives:
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 3
Science & Technology 3
Business & Professional Practice 3
Any of the above 15
Studio electives 0
TOTAL
Total H&S units 45
Total Studio units 87
Total Required Units 132

Designmatters Minor

TERM 1
Critical Practice 1 3
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Communication Design 1: Primer 3
Type 1: Letterforms 3
Digital Basics: Lynda.com 1
Design 1 3
Narrative Sketching 3
TERM 2
Art of Research (DM) OR Art of Research 3
Motion Design 1 3
Communication Design 2: Information & Context 3
Typography 2: Structure 3
Design 2: Structure & Color 3
Narrative Imaging 3
TERM 3
Intro to Modernism 3
Package Design 1: Design Principles 3
Communication Design 3: Narrative & Scale (DM) 3
Type 3: Context 3
Visual Interaction Design 1: Generative Design 3
TERM 4
Graphic Design History 1 3
Package Design 2: Branding Systems 3
Communication Design 4: Identity Systems (DM) 3
Type 4: Editorial Print OR Type 4: Editorial Print for iPad OR Type 4: Editorial Space 3
4th Term Review 0
Visual Interaction Design 2: Web OR Motion Design 2 3
TERM 5
Graphic Design History 2 3
Communication Design 5: Transmedia 3
Information Design 3
Visual Interaction Design 3: Advanced Interaction OR Advanced 3D Motion Graphics OR Package Design 3: Interactive Systems 3
Type 5: Transmedia OR Type 5: Motion 3
TERM 6
Mediatecture 3
Studio Elective 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 7
Business 101 3
7th Term Review 0
Advanced Transmedia Studio 7 OR Advanced Print Studio 7 OR Sequential Design 3 OR Advanced Package Studio 7 OR Advanced VxD Studio 7` 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 8
Portfolio & Career Preparation 3
Advanced Transmedia Studio 8 OR Advanced Print Studio 8 OR Advanced Motion Studio 8 OR Advanced VxD Studio 8 3
Studio Elective 2
STUDIO ELECTIVES – HUMANITIES & SCIENCES
Humanities (3 units must be DM) 9
Social Sciences (DM) 3
Science & Technology 6
Business & Professional Practice 6
TOTAL
Total Required Units 132

One of the greatest gifts we get as instructors is the ability to learn from students as well.

Ty Drake Graphic Design Faculty