Bachelor of Arts inDesign

Majoring in Design involves the study of basic design along with digital art making. What are the techniques and concepts of design using computer technology? What role does color theory play in advertising and marketing? How do you develop a personal artistic voice via graphic design? You’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in the commercial or applied arts world as you take 45 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

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Design Curriculum Overview

Majoring in Design involves the study of basic design along with digital art making. What are the techniques and concepts of design using computer technology? What role does color theory play in advertising and marketing? How do you develop a personal artistic voice via graphic design? You’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in the commercial or applied arts world as you take 45 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

You’ll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom, with access to current industry tools that include the entire Adobe creative suite and large format digital printing. Because our art design program is responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant major if you’re considering a career as a graphic/web designer, illustrator, art director, liturgical artist, community arts organizer, art teacher, or other art-related professional.

 

Prerequisites from General Education
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 111 Drawing I 3

This introductory studio course is designed to familiarize beginning students with fundamental techniques and concepts of drawing. In that basic skill building is the core of this course it is a very approachable class for non-art majors. Although some history of drawing will be presented learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART101 or consent of instructor)

Required: 19 – 22 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 102 2D Design 3
ART - 103 3D Design 3
ART - 105 Color Theory 3
ART - 241 Photography I 3
ART - 282 Graphic Design I 3
ART - 472 19th & 20th Cntry Art & Dsgn 4
ART - 485 Graphic Des Senior Projects 1 4

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for two-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic two-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

This course introduces the foundation design elements and principles for three-dimensional design. Compositional problems are introduced and solved in a studio setting. In addition basic three-dimensional media are introduced and explored during the different units of the course of study.

Traditional and contemporary approaches to color theory will be taught. These ideas will be beneficial for most studio areas and of particular importance to careers in design.

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of photographic practices and processes. The use and operation of the 35mm film camera, experimental and traditional black and white darkroom techniques and new digital technologies will be taught through demonstration and assigned projects. Photographic history and criticism will also be introduced. Portfolio production will be the main form of assessment in this introductory course.

This course lays the foundations of the discipline of graphic design. The course helps students apply concepts of design and color theory into applied arts areas. (Prerequisite: ART102 or ART202)

This course examines the revolutionary developments in painting, sculptural and architectural traditions from the 19th C. as well as the Modernist traditions of the first half of the 20th C. and the initial Post-Modern trends that follow. The course links these artistic developments with world-wide cultural influences. In addition, special attention is given to the history of design. (Prerequisite: ART272)

The advanced culmination of all previously taught graphic design skills and proficiencies. Project work centers on complex applications incorporating a wide spectrum of creative solutions to both practical and experimental design problems. Portfolio development and artistic professionalism is stressed.

Electives to total 45 credits
Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
ART - 202 Digital Art I 3
ART - 241 Photography I 3
ART - 271 Survey of Western Art I 3
ART - 272 Survey of Western Art II 3
ART - 284 Graphic Imagery 4
ART - 291 Adobe Creative Suite 3
ART - 302 Digital Art II 3
ART - 332 Screen Printmaking 3
ART - 334 Lithography 3
ART - 341 Photography II 3
ART - 211 Illustration 3
ART - 382 Graphic Design II 3
ART - 383 Web Design I 3
ART - 384 Typography 1 4
ART - 431 Mixed Media Graphics 3
ART - 441 Advanced Photography 4
ART - 482 Graphic Design III 4
ART - 484 Typography 2 4
ART - 486 Graphic Des Senior Projects 2 4
ART - 491 Theories in Contemporary Art 3
ART - 498 Arts Internship 1
MAN - 101 Introduction to Business 4
MAR - 301 Principles of Marketing 4
THR - 251 Stagecraft 4
THR - 253 Makeup for the Stage 2
THR - 355 Scenic Design 4
THR - 356 Costume Design 4

This introductory course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of design using computer technology as the primary medium. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create designs with a variety of design software programs. Although technological and ethical issues in the field will be addressed, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART102, or consent of instructor).

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of photographic practices and processes. The use and operation of the 35mm film camera, experimental and traditional black and white darkroom techniques and new digital technologies will be taught through demonstration and assigned projects. Photographic history and criticism will also be introduced. Portfolio production will be the main form of assessment in this introductory course.

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. Prehistoric work through the 14th C. will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course. (Prerequisite: ART101)

This course is designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts in art history as well as important masterworks from the western art tradition. 15th C. work through the present will be addressed. Non-art majors can enjoy this course.

This hands-on introduction to graphic design encompasses the fundamentals of design theory, process and practice. Emphasis is placed on the development of creative problem solving skills and processes primarily through the creation of structured iconography and letterforms. Students also explore visual communications-related professions and practices.

Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, Bridge, Flash and much more. This project based course will explore the core print, web and interactive design possibilities within the Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium software package. The course material will be tailored to the experience level and interests of the students enrolled. The course is intended to be a jumpstart for the Graphic Design and other digital art courses offered by CSP.

This course is designed to expand studentsÀ facility in using the computer to solve more complex problems. Students will build on drawing, composition and computer skills to create designs with a variety of design software programs. Students will be encouraged to develop a personal voice with the computer. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART202 or consent of instructor)

This course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of silkscreen printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of silkscreen prints. Techniques covered will include cut, painted and photographic stencils. Although some history of printmaking will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisite: ART111)

This intermediate course is designed to familiarize beginning students with the fundamental techniques and concepts of lithographic printmaking. Students will build on drawing and composition skills to create editions of lithographic prints. Although some history of printmaking will be presented, learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review.

This course expands students' knowledge of the use of the 35 mm camera and black and white darkroom processing and printing. Students learn to control film exposure and development in order to make consistently good prints. Photographic theory is introduced. Students will fully explore their ideas through shooting a lot of film. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review, as well as class participation. (Prerequisite: ART 241 or consent of instructor.)

This course introduces the technical and conceptual skills for successful illustration. It is an important foundation for all design and applied arts fields.

This course develops sophisticated applications in the discipline of graphic design. The course helps students develop their professional portfolio for applied arts areas. (Prerequisite: ART282)

The Web Design course is structured to teach the visual, communication and marketing aspects of a good website. It is a project based course where students will create websites and web content using Adobe Creative Suite software (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash) and other web-related tools. Course material will be tailored to the experience level of students enrolled in the course.

An introductory graphic design study of written communication through the craft and art of letterforms and application of typographic principles. It serves as an introduction to typography as an element in the design process. The course is taught as a skill and an art form. It explores the dynamics of type in context. From the traditions of book design to the frontier of digital and interactive typography, students explore type as a design and communication tool, investigating these contexts through the lens of historical innovation.

This course is designed to familiarize intermediate students with alternative and advanced graphics techniques, in particular photographic and digital applications for printmaking, as well as digital prints and non-silver photography. Contemporary issues and themes in graphics will be discussed. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio production and review. (Prerequisites: ART102, ART111, and one of the following: ART141, 202, 231, 232, 233, or permission)

This course is designed to establish personal style in photography. Traditional treatment of the medium will be investigated along with creative and divergent photographic expressions. Computer applications in photography will be introduced and explored. Significant emphasis will be placed on developing skills in formal and iconographic criticism. Learning will be assessed primarily through portfolio development and review. (Prerequisite: ART 241 or consent of instructor)

This advanced course further develops applications in the discipline of graphic design. Students will work on a series of projects and develop a professional portfolio. (Prerequisite: ART384)

The culmination of all previously taught typographic competencies, this course focuses on developing type skills applicable to the work a designer is assigned at recognized design and advertising firms. Advanced project work addresses functional as well as expressive typography. The class requires students to develop concepts, present and explain their ideas, and bring their solutions to life.

This rigorous studio course is designed to facilitate challenging, individual directions in design and critical thinking. Students map out a plan of study for the semester and work on a series of related ideas that culminate in a cohesive body of work. Students are expected to refine their understanding of contemporary issues and historical approaches related to their specific concept or process, and bring an advanced competency to the technical and formal concerns that inform their work. Through frequently scheduled critiques, and a developed designer statement, an emphasis will be placed on developing a process of self-evaluation to clarify visual choices and express and defend individual artistic points of view. Over the course of the semester students will investigate exhibition design and prepare for the exhibition and presentation of their work.

This seminar style course discusses theories and ideas that underpin the current art world. The approaches of many current artists and critics are examined. (Prerequisite: ART272)

This opportunity is specifically required for Community Arts majors or minors as well as Design Majors. It establishes advanced field study in the discipline in a setting outside the campus context. The internship will be arranged by the student in consultation with the advisor and assessment will be through contractual arrangement with the guiding mentor. (Community Arts majors are encouraged to do this through HECUA.) (Prerequisite: ART301)

This is a survey course intended to give students an overview of accounting, economics, finance, management and marketing.

This course provides an introduction to the study of marketing in business and other organizations. Topics that will be addressed in this course include the marketing environment, marketing ethics, information gathering, product development, pricing strategies, distribution strategies, the promotional mix, decision making, nonprofit marketing, social marketing and international marketing. (Prerequisite: junior standing)

The course provides an introduction to the scope, tools, materials and practices of stagecraft and technical management in the theatre today. The course utilizes formal lectures, group discussion, outside projects, attendance at outside theatre productions and practical lab sessions to cover the material presented.

Fundamentals of two and three-dimensional stage make-up through character analysis, design and application. Extensive practical experience through laboratory and possible crew work on departmental productions. Each student will be required to purchase his or her own makeup materials.

This course is an introduction to the theory and techniques of scenery design. Three subject areas are combined to formulate the scope of the course: literature analysis, aesthetic design techniques and materials, pragmatic design production, and organization. Attendance at area theatre productions is required. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

This course will be an introduction to the art and practice of costume design. Emphasis will be on analysis of the costume design process and organization from script to design concept to the workable costume for the actor. Attendance at area theatre productions is required. Laboratory hours required. (Prerequisite: THR251 or consent of instructor)

Bachelor of Arts degrees at Concordia University, St. Paul consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 128 credits.

Meet Your Professors

Keith Williams Department of Art Chairperson, Professor of Art and Art History

Keith's passion for art and for quality teaching has led him to do workshops across the United States, to jury ceramic exhibition and to exhibit his own work.

Cate Vermeland Term Faculty in Art

Cate has a passion for making art accessible to all and has created numerous Community Art activities on campus.

John DuFresne Term Faculty of Graphic Design Art

DuFresne brings 25 years of higher education experience in visual communications, including the development of award-winning design programs at two previous academic institutions.

Stephanie Hunder Professor of Art

Stephanie Hunder teaches printmaking and digital media at Concordia where she is Department Chair, Gallery Director and Professor of Art.

Career Potential

You’ll be prepared for a variety of careers in the commercial or applied arts world as you take 45 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Art Director
  • Art Professor
  • Art Teacher
  • Art Therapist
  • Community Arts Organizer
  • Exhibitions Curator
  • Gallery Owner
  • Graphic/Web Design
  • Illustrator
  • Liturgical Artist
  • Photographer
  • Studio Artist

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