Graphic Design

The print and digital environment is limitless with a graphic design degree.

At Park University, our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree program provides students with the opportunity to learn visual communication, identity and branding, typography, layout, illustration, 3D animation and photography, while building professional design portfolios. If you are interested in pursuing a career in art and design, graphic designers are in demand to create visual materials for a wide variety of products and services.

Locations & Learning Options

As a student in our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program, you will be required to take face-to-face classes at our Parkville, Missouri campus.

The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree requires a minimum of 122 completed credit hours, including 66 hours of degree-specific core curriculum and approved electives in your area of concentration (listed below). Refer to your catalog for a complete listing of coursework for this degree.

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B.F.A. MAJOR – 66 HOURS, 2.0 GPA

AR 115 Introduction to the Visual Arts ……………… 3 cr.

AR 140 Drawing I ………………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 142 Two-Dimensional Design: Black & White . 3 cr.

AR 143 Three-Dimensional Design …………………… 3 cr.

AR 144 Color Theory ……………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 216 Art History II ……………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 218 Graphic Design Software………………………. 3 cr.

AR 231 Graphic Design Studio I ………………………. 3 cr.

AR 240 Drawing II …………………………………………. 3 cr.

AR 241 Photography I …………………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 280 Painting I …………………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 300 Graphic Design Principles II: Typography and Design ……………………….. 3 cr.

AR 316 Modern Art ………………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 319 History of Graphic Design ……………………. 3 cr.

AR 328 Graphic Design Principles I: Identity ……… 3 cr.

AR 331 Graphic Design Studio II: Computer Imaging ……………………………… 3 cr.

AR 418 Graphic Design Studio III: Advanced Typography ………………………….. 3 cr.

AR 427 Web Page Design: Digital Environment ….. 3 cr.

AR 496 Graphic Design Studio VI: Senior Studio/Portfolio …………………………… 3 cr.

AR 313 Independent Study in Design (1-3 cr.)

AR 315 Special Topics in Design (1-3 cr.)

AR 341 Photography II (3 cr.)

AR 415 Internship in Graphic Design (3-6 cr.)

MK/CA 380 Advertising (3 cr.)

CS 144 Beginning Programming

with Multimedia Projects (3 cr.)

– OR –

CS 151 Introduction to Programming (3 cr.)

TOTAL ……………………………………………. 66 cr.

MINOR – 21 HOURS , 2.0 GPA

AR 142 Two-Dimensional Design: Black & White… 3 cr.

AR 143 Three-Dimensional Design …………………… 3 cr.

AR 144 Color Theory ……………………………………… 3 cr.

AR 218 Graphic Design Software ……………………… 3 cr.

AR 231 Graphic Design Studio I ………………………. 3 cr.

AR 300 Graphic Design Principles II:

Typography and Design ……………………….. 3 cr.

and select one of the following:

AR 328 Graphic Design Principles I: Identity ……… 3 cr.

– OR –

AR 427 Web Page Design: Digital Environment ….. 3 cr.

*Students required to pass any of these courses as part of their major must substitute them with other ART courses with the approval of the Art & Design department Chair.

Additional Information

All graduating art and design majors are required to individually document (either by means of color slide photography or digital photography) selected examples of their best work. These final portfolios are to be submitted to their major advisors as part of their Senior Seminar. These slides, CDs, zip disks, etc. will remain the property of the Department of Art, Design and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Art and Design majors must plan, when preparing their yearly educational budgets, to spend at least $250 per semester on art supplies. All studio art courses require varying amounts of personal equipment and supplies. Studio fees collected at registration for some art courses provide only a portion of the supplies needed. Supply lists will be provided on the first day of classes.

Gain skills in graphic design concept, software and techniques, and prepare for your career in visual communications.

The courses within the graphic design program model the conditions of a professional work environment. The graphic design program is a laboratory-like studio setting—where an active community, formal and informal peer-interaction, and opportunities for collaborative output help inform students’ preparation for professional practice. A small program within a large university, students receive individualized attention from design faculty daily. Student will develop design strategies and tactical approaches to meet a large spectrum of needs and challenges across business, social, and cultural territories. Through a mixture of training and experience in visual communications design, the program develops students’ creative ingenuity and problem-solving capabilities, while expanding technical and visual skill sets across industry-relevant media, materials, and environments. Students strive to develop strong, individualized portfolios that demonstrate risk-taking and inventiveness in form and concept.

As a student pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree, you will be required to individually document selected examples or your best work. These final portfolios will then be submitted to your major advisor as part of your senior seminar.

At Park University, we prepare you by offering a fully-equipped Macintosh studio, as well as internship opportunities in graphic design firms and other professional settings to provide you with the real-world experience that will help you succeed in your career.

Careers

The curriculum incorporates experience in the following areas:

  • Communication Design
  • Corporate Identity / Branding
  • Editorial Design
  • Motion Design
  • Environmental Graphic Design
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Program Highlights

While pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design degree, you will be required to learn the basics of art history, drawing, photography and painting, which will all lay the foundation for acquiring an extensive graphic design skill set. You may also choose to pursue internships between their junior and senior years, independent study and special topics. At Park University, our graphic design degree program can help grow your knowledge and skills, so you can pursue a career in the vast digital environment.

Faculty

At Park University, our faculty members are experts in graphic design and are committed to helping you build your professional-quality design portfolios, so you can pursue your own graphic design career.


 

Dr. Andrea K. Lee

Assistant Professor of Art
alee@park.edu

Jeff Smith

Associate Professor of Graphic Design
jeff.smith@park.edu

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Park University’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Park University is a private, non-profit, institution of higher learning since 1875.