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Program Overview

The Graphic Design program at Drake helps students develop their creative and intellectual potential, explore new ideas and discover career opportunities. The program allows students to develop a personally fulfilling approach to design by focusing on critical thinking and process- oriented explorations. Students are immersed in a professional design environment, develop a broad range of technical skills, and initiate formal and conceptual abilities in preparation for a rewarding career as graphic design professionals. Through the study of fine art, craftsmanship, and design theory coupled with practical experiences, students acquire the knowledge to plan and design visual communications creatively and responsibly.


B.A. Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree program allows the student to major in graphic design within the context of a liberal arts curriculum. This degree allows the student considerable flexibility in developing a course of study, as it can, in most cases, accommodate a double major or dual-degree programs. This degree track begins with the development of foundational skills in art history, drawing, and visual design and goes on to emphasize the fundamental skills and concepts of the practice of graphic design. The Senior Capstone experience for the degree is Art 191 Design Practicum. This course involves the design and production of a graphic design portfolio in preparation for graduation and entering a profession.

Course Credit Hours
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Drawing I 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 3
Introductory studio course (Printmaking, Painting, or Sculpture) 3
Art History electives 6
Graphic Design track 21
ART 051 - Typography 3
ART 052 - Form & Concept 3
ART 102 - Theory & Practice 3
ART 114 - Web Design 3
ART 115 - Advanced Typography 3
ART 116 - Content & Audience 3
ART 191 - Design Practicum 3
Graphic Design elective 6
TOTAL 52

In addition to requirements for all undergraduate degrees, which can be found in the “Graduation Requirements” area of the catalog, Art and Design students must meet the following requirements:

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 30 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.

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 30th credit hour. For transfer students, the 30th-hour GPA must be based upon at least 15 credit hours earned at Drake. Students who achieve the 2.5 GPA at the 30th-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 the Department of Art and Design or re-enroll later.


B.F.A. Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is a specialized four-year undergraduate program, which prepares students specifically in the common body of knowledge and skills required for a career in graphic design. It is a professional degree with the majority of credits dedicated to design or design-related course work. BFA Design students become adept in the creation and development of visual form with an understanding of the principles of visual organization and composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, and the construction of meaningful images. They develop an understanding of the tools, technology, and mediums of the design profession and professional design practices. At the end of the junior year, BFA students take part in reviews with the faculty of the department and have the option of participation in a senior exhibition. In their last semester, students take the capstone experience, Art 191 Design Practicum, which involves the design and production of a presentation and digital portfolio and preparation for entry into the design profession.

Course Credit Hours
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 014 - Constructing Space 3
ART 015 - Drawing I 3
ART 016 - Drawing II 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
ART 075 - Themes in Art History 4
Basic Studio (Printmaking) - Select one from the following: 3
ART 056 - Introduction to Printmaking 3
ART 057 - Printmaking: Relief I 3
ART 058 - Printmaking: Intaglio I 3
ART 059 - Printmaking: Lithography I 3
ART 063 - Painting I 3
ART 079 - Sculpture I 3
Studio Area of Emphasis - Select three courses from Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, or Sculpture 9
Art History electives 6
Art & Design electives 6
Graphic Design Track 24
ART 051 - Typography 3
ART 052 - Form & Concept 3
ART 102 - Theory & Practice 3
ART 114 - Web Design 3
ART 115 - Advanced Typography 3
ART 116 - Content & Audience 3
ART 155 - Research & Application 3
ART 191 - Design Practicum 3
Graphic Design electives* 12
TOTAL 85

*Three courses must be numbered 150 or above.

In addition to requirements for all undergraduate degrees, which can be found in the “Graduation Requirements” area of the catalog, Art and Design students must meet the following requirements:

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 30 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.

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 30th credit hour. For transfer students, the 30th-hour GPA must be based upon at least 15 credit hours earned at Drake. Students who achieve the 2.5 GPA at the 30th-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 the Department of Art and Design or re-enroll later.


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 Credit Hours
ART 013 - 2-D Design 3
ART 015 - Drawing I 3
ART 021 - Digital Media 3
ART 051 - Typography 3
ART 052 - Form & Concept 3
ART 101 - Graphic Design History 3
ART 102 - Theory & Practice 3
TOTAL 21
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