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Graphic Design: Curriculum

In addition to 120 credit hours, one laboratory course must be completed as a part of the general curriculum requirements. You must also achieve an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher and successfully complete a portfolio review before scheduling the Graphic Design Studio I (ART 227) course.

Get a description of each of Cal U's graphic design courses from our Course Catalog.

Below is a recommended framework of courses for completing the degree in four years.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Graphic Design: 120 Credits

First Semester – 16 credits
CourseCredits

ART 127 Introduction to Graphic Design

3 crs.

ART 212 Art History I

3 crs.

UNI 100 First-Year Seminar

1 cr.

ENG 101 English Composition I

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Second Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

ART 261 Typography

3 crs.

ART 214 Art History II

3 crs.

ART Studio Course (Lower)

3 crs.

ENG 102 English Composition II

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Third Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

ART 262 Color Theory

3 crs.

ART 119 Design 2-D

3 crs.

GCM 180 Multimedia Foundations

3 crs.

COM 230 Argumentation and Debate

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Fourth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

ART Studio Course (upper)

3 crs.

COM 142 Video Production

3 crs.

GCM 331 Web Publishing

3 crs.

PHI 335 Aesthetic Theory

3 crs.

Elective Course

3 crs.

Fifth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

ART 120 Design 3-D

3 crs.

ART 227 Graphic Design Studio I

3 crs.

ART 243 Introduction to Asian Art

3 crs.

COM 331 Radio/TV Commercials

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Sixth Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

ART 110 Drawing I

3 crs.

ART 327 Graphic Design Studio II

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Elective Course

3 crs.

Seventh Semester – 15 credits
CourseCredits

ART 427 Graphic Design Studio III

3 crs.

PHI 220 Ethics

3 crs.

General Education Course

3 crs.

Elective Course

3 crs.

Elective Course

3 crs.

Eighth Semester - 15 credits
CourseCredits

ART 422 Art History: The Art World After Modernism

3 crs.

ART 428 Graphic Design Studio IV

3 crs.

General Elective Course

3 crs.

Elective Course

3 crs.

Elective Course

2 crs.

Note: One Laboratory Component course must be completed as part of the General Education requirements.

Students must achieve an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher and successfully complete a portfolio review before scheduling Graphic Design Studio I (ART 227) – see adviser.