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    The Graphic Design Program

    The Department of Visual Arts 

    The Department of Visual Arts offers five majors that lead to the Bachelor of Arts degree: Art Education, Art History, Arts Administration (with a concentration in Visual Arts), Graphic Design and Studio Arts. Four different minors are available: Art History, Graphic Design, Photography and Studio Arts. Certification in Art Education is also available through a joint program with the Saint Vincent College Department of Education. 

    There are many opportunities to engage the arts beyond the classroom. The proximity to Pittsburgh allows students access to nationally-recognized artistic organizations. The Saint Vincent Gallery, which hosts temporary exhibitions of regionally and nationally recognized artists and the senior exhibitions of graduating art students, it the home of the art collections of the Archabbey and College; and the Foster and Muriel McCarl Collection of 19th century American coverlets (housed in the Fred Rodgers Center) is an important resource for American craft and history. In addition, students have submitted their work for local and regional exhibitions even while they attend Saint Vincent. This combination of coursework and "hands-on" studio experience is excellent preparation for careers in the arts. 

    Visual Arts Learning Objectives:

    • Students should know and be able to use discipline-based vocabulary.
    • Students should be able to critique their own work as well as the work of others.
    • Students should be able to identify stylistic characteristics.
    • Students should have acquired basic facility in a broad range of media.
    • Students should have acquired advanced facility in one medium.
    • Students should have understanding of possible career paths.

    A portfolio review is not required for admission to this major. Students who successfully complete the graphic design major will have a solid background in traditional as well as contemporary techniques and methods of graphic design. The curriculum reflects the broad skills students must acquire: a foundation in the history of visual art, strong critical thinking and the occupational skills necessary for success in the field. Students focus their time on two-dimensional media, including design, drawing painting, photography, printmaking, and digital-related, web-based media. It is recommended that the student in this major also consider completing a minor in Communication, Computer Science or Business to make the program graduate more marketable. Graduates will be prepared to take internships or entry-level positions in graphic design.

     Graphic Design Major Requirements (42 credits) 

    Required courses (39 credits):
    AR 101   Art History I:  Ancient through Renaissance - 3 credits
    AR 102   Art History II:  Baroque to the Present - 3 credits
    AR 130   Drawing I - 3 credits
    AR 131   Design:  Two-Dimensional - 3 credits
    AR 212   Beginning Black and White Photography - 3 credits
    AR 225   Painting I - 3 credits
    AR 233   Drawing and Illustration for Design - 3 credits
    AR 330   Digital Photography and Post-Production - 3 credits
    AR 334   Typography - 3 credits
    AR 338   Printmaking I - 3 credits
    AR 405   Senior Exhibition and Professional Seminar - 3 credits
    CA 235   *Introduction to Web Design - 3 credits
    CA 285   *Electronic Media - 3 credits

    One course selected from (3 credits):
    AR 145   Introduction to Film Studies - 3 credits
    AR 205   World Art History - 3 credits
    AR 310   American Art and Architecture - 3 credits

    * Course description can be found listed in the Department of Communication.

     Graphic Design Minor Requirements (18 credits) 

    Required courses (6 credits):
    AR 130   Drawing I - 3 credits
    AR 131   Design:  Two-Dimensional - 3 credits

    Four courses selected from (12 credits):
    AR 212   Beginning Black and White Photography - 3 credits
    AR 230   Drawing II - 3 credits
    AR 233   Drawing and Illustration for Design - 3 credits
    AR 330   Digital Photography and Post-Production - 3 credits
    AR 338   Printmaking I - 3 credits
    CA 235   *Introduction to Web Design - 3 credits
    CA 285   *Electronic Media - 3 credits

    * Course description can be found listed in the Department of Communication.