Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Description of Program

The Department of Art and Design helps students develop their artistic and intellectual potential, explore new ideas and discover career opportunities. Drake offers both intensive experiences in design and a solid liberal arts education. Students are immersed in a professional design environment, develop consummate technical skills and achieve formalistic and conceptual abilities in preparation for a rewarding visual arts career.

Degree Option

The BA degree program allows the student to major in graphic design within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. All students entering the major must first complete the Department’s foundation courses. This program of courses, emphasizes fundamental skills in art history, drawing and 2D and 3D design. Students majoring in graphic design have the unique opportunity to minor in a traditional studio area. It also allows the student considerable flexibility in developing a course of study, as it can accommodate a double major or dual-degree programs. The senior Capstone experience is Art 191 Design Practicum which involves the design and production of a graphic design portfolio, and preparation for entry into the design profession. Number of credit hours required: 52

The BFA in Graphic Design is a specialized four-year undergraduate program, which prepares students specifically in the common body of knowledge and skills required for graphic design careers. It is a professional degree with the majority of credits dedicated to design or design-related course work. Through advising, faculty direct students to general studies that support their studies in design such as mass communication, writing, psychology, sociology, anthropology and business. At the end of the junior year, BFA students take part in BFA reviews with the full-time faculty of the department. The capstone experience, Art 191, involves the design and production of a graphic design portfolio, the option of participation in a senior exhibition, and preparation for entry into the design profession. Number of credit hours required: 85

Academic Requirements

A minimum of 124 credit hours is required for all undergraduate art degrees.

A student is placed on probation if either the cumulative grade-point average or the average in Department of Art and Design Courses falls below 2.00 (a "C" average) during any semester in which a student has earned less than 60 total credit hours. A student may be placed on probation for failing to meet the University’s standards for satisfactory progress toward completion of degree requirements. (See Probation, Suspension and Satisfactory Progress in the General Information section of the Drake University catalog.)

To continue progress toward a Department of Art and Design degree, a student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average and a 2.5 GPA in the Department of Art and Design courses at the end of the academic term in which the student completes the 60th credit hour. For transfer students the 60th-hour GPA must be based upon at least 15 credit hours earned at Drake. Students who achieve the 2.5 GPA at the 60th-hour level are placed on probation if their GPAs fall below 2.5 in a subsequent semester. If the GPA is not raised to 2.5 or better after the probationary semester, the student may not continue in Department of Art and Design or re-enroll later.

Requirements for Major

Number of credit hours required: 52

Required courses or other requirements for B.A. degree:

Art Credit Hours
First-Year Program - Art 13, 14, 15, 21, 75 16
Basic Studio - Painting, Printmaking or Sculpture 3
Graphic Design — Art 51, 52, 102, 114, 115, 116, 191 21
Graphic Design Elective, (one course must be numbered 150 or above) 6
Art History Elective 6
Total Art Hours 52
Drake Curriculum and electives (may include art or art history)  
Total Academic Hours 72

Required courses or other requirements for B.F.A. degree:
Number of credit hours required: 85

Art Credit Hours
First-Year Program- ART Art 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 75 19
Basic Studio - Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture 9
Studio Area of Emphasis, (three courses above basic studio courses) 9
Art History Elective 6
Art Electives (may include art history) 6
Graphic Design - ART 51, 52, 102, 114, 115, 116, 155, 191 24
Graphic Design Electives, (three courses must be numbered 150 or above) 12
Total Art Hours 85
Drake Curriculum and electives (may be art history)  
Academic concentrations can be achieved with careful planning.  
Total Academic Hours 39

Graphic Design Minor

The Graphic Design Minor is a focused exploration of design principles, history, theory and practice. It is composed of the first-year and sophomore year design courses and includes foundation studio courses. This approach gives students a significant introduction to the discipline and the ability to pursue further study in graphic design.

Course Credits
Art 013 2-D Design 3
Art 015 Drawing I 3
Art 021 Digital Media 3
Art 051 Typography 3
Art 052 Form and Concept 3
Art 102 Graphic Design History 3
Art 101 Graphic Design Theory & Practice 3
Art and Art History hours must total: 21
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