Graphic Design Department Course Offerings

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View Graphic Design Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

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.