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Graphic Design Curriculum
As part of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, the Graphic Design major fits with the interdisciplinary nature of the department. It focuses on an education in the applied arts. The major is professionally geared within the context of a liberal arts education.
The main goal of the Graphic Design major is to teach students how to create technically proficient work that communicates effectively. Over the course of the major, students complete a portfolio with individual career goals in mind. Students apply the skills and language of the discipline to communicate effectively, define their individual roles as designers and interpret how their work fits into a larger context. This helps them build the skills necessary to succeed in future professional endeavors.
The advancing technological environment has brought visual information to a new and important role in many professional settings. A Graphic Design major provides the skills necessary for employment in a wide variety of fields. A few examples are: magazine design; web design; illustration; television graphics design; layout artist/desktop publisher; and type design.
The faculty strongly advises students to seek internships while enrolled in the program. Both Fine and Applied Arts faculty
and the Center for Career Development are able to advise students on internship opportunities in advertising and design
agencies, in graphic design and web design. Various businesses and institutions offer professional mentoring in design as well as hands on experience.
Graphic Design majors should follow the Recommended Sequence of Study, a semester-by-semester guide. The sequence
places the student into courses that help to identify strengths and weaknesses early in the program. This progression fosters self-direction and discipline in advanced courses.
Graphic Design majors should follow the Recommended Sequence of Study, a semester-by-semester guide. The sequence places the student into courses that help to identify strengths and weaknesses early in the program. This progression fosters self-direction and discipline in advanced courses.Prerequisites:
|FA 1000||Introduction to Fine Arts||3|
|VA 1770||Design Fundamentals||3|
|VA 1790||Light and Color||3|
|GD 2970||History of Graphic Design||3|
|GD 1600||Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop Basics||3|
|GD 2770||Design Fundamentals II||3|
|GD 2769||Desktop Publishing: Adobe InDesign||3|
|GD 3775||Typography and Production||3|
|GD 3300||Portfolio and Presentation||3|
|GD 3980||Fine and Applied Arts Seminar (Capstone Course)||3|
|GD 4050||Independent Studio||3|
|Major Elective - Choose three of the following (3 credits each):||9|
|GD 2072||Computer Art|
|GD 2768||Web Page Design|
|GD 2797||Digital Photography|
|GD 3520||Creating Web Pages|
|GD 3740||Elements of Dynamic Media|
Requirements in Related Areas:
|VA 3950||Design Concepts||3|
|Choose two of the following:||6|
|VA 2720||History of Photography|
|VA 2910||History of Visual Arts: Paleolithic to Gothic|
|VA 2920||History of Visual Arts: Renaissance to Contemporary|
|VA 2930||Contemporary Art|
|VA 2935||Modern Art|
|GD 3450||Graphic Design Internship||3-9|
In celebration of the arts, the 'Geometric Eye,' public art in the form of sculpture was recently installed in Westhaver Park, outside of the Curry College Student Center. 'Geometric Eye' is a stainless steel and granite sculpture designed to reflect light, and may look different each time a viewer looks at it.
"During my four years as a graphic design major at Curry, I built up quite a portfolio. I put a lot of time and effort into it and I think it really paid off." - Tyler Collins '14, Jr. Graphic Designer at Gupta Media
Realizing early on he wanted to focus on his education in a major that combined his computer skills with his artistic abilities, Craig Dudley '12 found an excellent fit in the graphic design program at Curry College. He now works as a front end web developer for Boston Logic Technology Partners.
The Curry Arts Journal enlivens artistic expression at Curry in publishing an appealing, professional edition of student writing and artwork each year and in sponsoring workshops, readings, and coffeehouses that celebrate student voices each semester.