Graphic Design Department Course Offerings

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The Graphic Design Department recommends that each student have an Apple MacBook Pro (insurance recommended). A subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud is required of all Graphic Design majors. Educational discounts are available on both from their respective companies.

Students receive a broad liberal arts education, and studies in not only Graphic Design but with components in Art and Business as well. All of which are keys to preparing them for careers in Design, and/or continued studies at graduate school. Graphic Design students will have real-world experience through internships (GDS312, 412, and 417).

50 hours total

  • From the Graphic Design Department
    • GDS 110 Computer Graphics (3)
    • GDS 200 Elements of Graphic Design (3)
    • GDS 210 Graphic Design Lab I (2)
    • GDS 211 Graphic Design Lab II (2)
    • GDS 235 Web Design and Development (2)
    • GDS 300 History of Graphic Design (3)
    • GDS 330 Digital Imaging (3)
    • GDS 350 Typography (2)
    • GDS 440 Portfolio and Resume Development (3)
    • GDS 488 Special Topics in Graphic Design (3)
    • Placement into one of the following with Department Chair approval:
      • GDS 490 Directed Study in Print & Digital Media (3)
      • GDS 495 Directed Study in Web & Interactive Media (3)
      • GDS 312 Junior Internship
      • GDS 412 Senior Internship
  • From the Art Department
    • ART 120 Drawing I (3)
    • ART 125 Perspectives on Creativity and Art (3)
    • ART 130 Design I (3)
    • ART 131 Design II (3)
    • ART 240 Photography I (3)
  • From the Business Department
    • BUS 320 Introduction to Marketing (3)
    • BUS 327 Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship (3)

A transfer student is required to take:

  • At least 12 credit hours of GDS and 3 credit hours of ART courses from Belhaven which must include
    • GDS 350
    • GDS 440
    • ART 120

*Courses from other departments may be necessary to fulfill a particular major/minor.

110 Computer Graphics (3).
A studio introduction to Graphic Design software with an emphasis on learning the tools, functions, and basic processes involved in using this software within your creative process in order to solve design problems. (Fall only)
200 Elements of Graphic Design (3). Prereq: GDS 110.
An introduction to key concepts and aspects of Graphic Design including but not limited to the ideas of Branding/Logo creation, Colour Theory & Schemes, Typography, & Print processes & Methods. (Fall only)
210 Graphic Design Studio I (3). Prereq: GDS 110.
A studio or lab setting class, where projects and lectures are interspersed in order to explore and introduce students to the topics and challenges Graphic Designers face. Topics & projects will incorporate a variety of Graphic Design elements such as, but not limited to, typography, print technology, design principles, colour theory, presentation skills, & 'client-creatives' collaboration. Students will begin to use their design, computer, and communication skills in order to successfully complete the projects. Discussions will also include operating in a professional environment while maintaining the Christian worldview. (Fall only)
211 Graphic Design Studio II (3). Prereq: GDS 110, GDS 200.
A studio class, that builds upon the knowledge & experiences from GDS 210 It will cover topics not touched upon in GD Studio I or expand upon the design challenges encountered. It is again a setting where projects and lectures are punctuated with projects in order to explore and introduce students to the topics and challenges Graphic Designers run into. Topics & projects will incorporate, but are not limited to, typography, print technology, design principles, colour theory, presentation skills, & 'client-creatives' collaboration. Students will continue to use their design, computer, and communication skills in order to successfully complete the projects. Discussions will also include operating in a professional environment while maintaining the Christian worldview. (Spring only)
220 Print Design & Layout (4). Prereq: GDS 110.
An Introduction to the process, techniques, & materials used in designing & producing effective print media, through lectures, projects, and presentations. (Fall only)
235 Web Design & Development (4).
An Introduction to web development & authoring software with an emphasis on learning the tools, functions, and basic processes involved in using this software within your creative process. (Spring only)
300 History of Graphic Design (3). Prereq: GDS 200 and Junior level standing.
This course explores and develops an understanding of the historical significance of Graphic Design. It will survey past practices and theories behind Graphic Design, as well as discuss how these practices relate to today, and how they impact a Christian worldview. (Fall, even years)
310 Graphic Design Studio III (3). Prereq: GDS 210 or 211.
Designed to stimulate a professional working environment, through design opportunities from (the surrounding) communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and within the college at large, which will enable students to start applying the knowledge and theory they have been accumulating up to this point. This class will build team unity and servant artistry while maintaining a professional working environment. Students will begin building a portfolio from their projects assignments. All project assignments will be determined by the professor. (Fall only)
311 Graphic Design Studio IV (3). Prereq: GDS 210 or 211.
Designed to stimulate a professional working environment, through design opportunities from (the surrounding) communities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and within the college at large, which will enable students to start applying the knowledge and theory they have been accumulating up to this point. This class will build team unity and servant artistry while maintaining a professional working environment. Students will begin building a portfolio from their projects assignments. All project assignments will be determined by the professor. (Spring only)
312 Junior Internship (6). Prereq: Junior level standing.
These internships with a professional company will be significant to the student's development in Graphic Design. All internships require the approval of the Chair of Graphic Design and will take place directly prior to, during, or directly after their Junior year.
330 Digital Imaging (3). Prereq: GDS 110 recommended.
Exploration of the creation of images through a digital process, by working through an understanding of the digital camera and it's proper usage, moving into the digital workflow of a digital darkroom, & then finishing with the actual print practices of producing prints from the digital file. (Spring, even years)
350 Typography (3).  Prereq: GDS-110.
Exploration of the topic of Typography. It's history, it's importance to design, theories about it's use in design, and it's overall impact in your work as a Graphic Designer in conveying a message. (Fall, odd years)
412 Senior Internship (6).  Prereq: Senior level standing.
These internships with a professional company will be significant to the student’s development in Graphic Design.  All internships require the approval of the Chair of Graphic Design and will take place directly prior to, during, or directly after their Senior year.
440 Portfolio and Resume Development (3). Prereq: Senior level standing.
This class will demand a portfolio and resume upon its completion of a quality that allows the student to pursue job opportunities in their field.  Successful interviewing and portfolio presentation skills will be assessed, discussed, and honed.  Discussion and projects will also focus on identifying your worldview and how it relates too your career/calling.  (Fall and Spring)
488 Animation (3).  Prereq: Junior level standing.
This course is designed to introduce students to 2D and 3D animation. Students will work through a creative process to bring their artwork to life. The student will be introduced to opportunities to use this skill set in their career.
490 Directed Study in Print & Digital Media (4). Prereq: Junior standing.
Opportunity for students or instructors to propose a topic of importance to Print & Digital media not specifically covered already in the curriculum and allow for in depth examination of the topic.  This course requires Instructor and Graphic Design Chair approval for admittance into the class.
495 Directed Study in Web & Interactive Media (4). Prereq: Junior standing.
Opportunity Opportunity for students or instructors to propose a topic of importance to Web & Interactive media not specifically covered already in the curriculum and allow for in depth examination of the topic.  This course requires Instructor and Graphic Design Chair approval for admittance into the class.