The Graphic Design Major is a comprehensive and balanced program that illuminates the basic principles of effective visual communication. Students develop professional skills and a personal esthetic that form a foundation for successful graphic design careers. Theoretical and practical studio experience in illustration, animation, photography, typography, and digital design for the web and other forms of multimedia are at the core of the Graphic Design Major.
Graphic design courses fully embrace Lasell's educational philosophy of Connected Learning by challenging students with "real world" design projects. Students learn essential business practices, become fluent in the necessary terminology, address a client's needs through conceptual drawings, and bring the project through to a successful solution. They are introduced to a modern graphic design studio environment, using the latest and most powerful digital hardware and software. As a capstone experience, each student in the Graphic Design major develops an electronic portfolio that documents his or her educational experiences from the first year through graduation. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from the Art and Graphic Design Department.
Graphic Design Major Curriculum
|COM 101||Understanding Mass Media||3|
|ARTS 101||Studio Drawing I||3|
|ARTH 103||Art History AI (A)||3|
|ARTS 120||Three-Dimensional Design||3|
|ARTS 126||Principles of Color and Design||3|
|ARTS 201||Studio Drawing II||3|
|GRAP 105||Digital Design Essentials||3|
|COM 318||Internet and the World Wide Web||3|
|GRAP 201||Drawing for Graphic Design||3|
|GRAP 204||Graphic Design I||3|
|GRAP 205||Graphic Design II||3|
|GRAP 301||Typography I||3|
|GRAP 302||Typography II||3|
|GRAP 305||Graphic Media/Photographics||3|
|GRAP 306||Poster and Image Design||3|
|GRAP 307||Sequencing of Motion||3|
|GRAP 309||Graphic Design for the Marketplace||3|
|GRAP 401||Publication Design||3|
|GRAP 403||Senior Portfolio Development||3|
|GRAP 404||Senior Thesis Project||4|
|GRAP 406||Senior Practicum Assignment||4|
|MATH 107||College Geometry AI(Q)||3|
|FYS 101||First Year Seminar||3|
Arts and Sciences Electives
This requirement may be fulfilled by any combination of Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Foreign Language, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Science, or Sociology courses. In addition to all courses in the above disciplines, courses that are marked with an asterisk (*) in the course descriptions section of the Catalog meet the Arts and Sciences Elective requirement.
Minimum credits required for graduation - 120
General Education Core Requirements and remaining unrestricted electives**
* Courses marked with an AI code fulfill Area of Inquiry requirements in the General Education Core.
Each Graphic Design student is charged a program fee for each semester. This program fee is used to pay for hardware, software, guest speaker honorariums and miscellaneous materials/supplies that are necessary to maximize student learning.