Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (72 Cr)

The Graphic Design major at Cardinal Stritch University recognizes and embodies the importance of educating students for an increasing complex world and across multiple platforms. One of the strengths of the design curriculum at Stritch is that it is embedded in a liberal arts curriculum. In an ever increasingly globalized economy, a liberal arts education supports the expansion and deepening of the designers understanding of their work - and creative practice - within the broader context of a democratic society. This bridge between multiple fields such as technology, business, education, and psychology creates a rich environment for designers to experience how their work shapes the local, regional, and global economy. Creating more perceptive, critical, and creative thinkers, it allows designers to transcend vocational utility to recognize and grapple with challenges that are presented to them in their lives, personally, and professionally.

The Graphic Design majors begins with a comprehensive education in design principles, applications, theories, history, and practice. The curriculum embraces emerging technologies and the convergence of graphic design, photography, studio arts, and digital and time-based media. Students work independently, in teams, and closely with faculty, and are introduced to increasingly complex graphic communication, design problems, and methodologies. This, combined with opportunities to engage in professional "real world" work helps build informed, and innovative professional portfolios, and creates well-rounded designers - who both make things and produce creative solutions - and are ready to enter the job market upon graduation

 

Degree Requirements

Program Credits72
Required Courses

Visual arts core:  (18 cr) ART 101, 115, 123, 131, 147, 150

Graphic Design Core:  (9  cr) ART 202, 211, 239

Graphic Design Major:  (27 cr) ART 205, 302, 305, 405, 406, 413, 447. Choose two courses from ART 309, 311 or CA 318

Art History:  (9 cr) Choose three courses from ART 141,142, 215, 249, 344, 415

Electives:  (9 cr) ART 402 and two courses outside of major. Suggested courses include: BU 105, BU 228, CA 221, CA 318, CS 118,CS 230, EN 216, THR 220 or THR 225.   

Exhibit:  Required

Required Auxiliary Courses

none