Graphic Design at ArtCenter cultivates innovative designers with leadership skills.

Students develop sophisticated typographic and image-making skill sets working across both emerging and traditional media—everything from letterpress to data visualization and packaging to spatial experiences—to create emotionally resonant messages.

Graphic Design

TERM 1
Critical Practice 1 3
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Communication Design 1: Primer 3
Type 1: Letterforms 3
Digital Basics: Lynda.com 1
Design 1 3
Narrative Sketching 3
TERM 2
Art of Research 3
Motion Design 1 3
Communication Design 2: Information & Context 3
Typography 2: Structure 3
Design 2: Structure & Color 3
Narrative Imaging 3
TERM 3
Intro to Modernism 3
Package Design 1: Design Principles 3
Communication Design 3: Narrative & Scale 3
Type 3: Context            3
Visual Interaction Design 1: Generative Design 3
TERM 4
4th Term Review 0
Graphic Design History 1 3
Package Design 2: Branding Systems 3
Communication Design 4: Identity Systems 3
Type 4: Editorial Print OR Type 4: Editorial Print for iPad 3
Visual Interaction Design 2: Web OR Motion Design 2 3
TERM 5
Graphic Design History 2 3
Communication Design 5: Transmedia 3
Information Design 3
Visual Interaction Design 3: Advanced Interaction OR Advanced 3D Motion Graphics OR Package Design 3: Interactive Systems 3
Type 5: Transmedia OR Type 5: Motion 3
TERM 6
Mediatecture 3
Studio Elective 3
Transdisciplinary Studio 3
TERM 7
7th Term Review 0
Business 101 3
Advanced Transmedia Studio 7 OR Advanced Print Studio 7 OR Sequential Design 3 OR Advanced Package Studio 7 ORAdvanced VxD Studio 7 3
Studio Elective 3
TERM 8
Portfolio & Career Preparation 3
Advanced Transmedia Studio 8 OR Advanced Print Studio 8 OR Advanced Motion Studio 8 ORAdvanced VxD Studio 8 3
Studio Elective 2
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Studio Electives  
Humanities & Sciences electives:
Humanities 9
Social Sciences 3
Science & Technology 6
Business & Professional Practice 6
TOTAL
Total Required Units 132

Designmatters Minor

TERM 1
Critical Practice 1 3
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Communication Design 1: Primer 3
Type 1: Letterforms 3
Digital Basics: Lynda.com 1
Design 1 3
Narrative Sketching 3
TERM 2
Art of Research (DM) OR Art of Research 3
Motion Design 1 3
Communication Design 2: Information & Context 3
Typography 2: Structure 3
Design 2: Structure & Color 3
Narrative Imaging 3
TERM 3
Intro to Modernism 3
Package Design 1: Design Principles 3
Communication Design 3: Narrative & Scale (DM) 3
Type 3: Context 3
Visual Interaction Design 1: Generative Design 3
TERM 4
Graphic Design History 1 3
Package Design 2: Branding Systems 3
Communication Design 4: Identity Systems (DM) 3
Type 4: Editorial Print OR Type 4: Editorial Print for iPad OR Type 4: Editorial Space 3
4th Term Review 0
Visual Interaction Design 2: Web OR Motion Design 2 3
TERM 5
Graphic Design History 2 3
Communication Design 5: Transmedia 3
Information Design 3
Visual Interaction Design 3: Advanced Interaction OR Advanced 3D Motion Graphics OR Package Design 3: Interactive Systems 3
Type 5: Transmedia OR Type 5: Motion 3
TERM 6
Mediatecture 3
Studio Elective 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 7
Business 101 3
7th Term Review 0
Advanced Transmedia Studio 7 OR Advanced Print Studio 7 OR Sequential Design 3 OR Advanced Package Studio 7 OR Advanced VxD Studio 7` 3
Transdisciplinary Studio (DM) 3
TERM 8
Portfolio & Career Preparation 3
Advanced Transmedia Studio 8 OR Advanced Print Studio 8 OR Advanced Motion Studio 8 OR Advanced VxD Studio 8 3
Studio Elective 2
STUDIO ELECTIVES – HUMANITIES & SCIENCES
Humanities (3 units must be DM) 9
Social Sciences (DM) 3
Science & Technology 6
Business & Professional Practice 6
TOTAL
Total Required Units 132

One of the greatest gifts we get as instructors is the ability to learn from students as well.

Ty Drake Graphic Design Faculty