Produce a finished portfolio you will be proud to show employers and freelance clients. Produce a finished portfolio you will be proud to show employers and freelance clients. Produce a finished portfolio you will be proud to show employers and freelance clients. Produce a finished portfolio you will be proud to show employers and freelance clients. Produce a finished portfolio you will be proud to show employers and freelance clients.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Art & Theatre

Graphic Design

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Why choose graphic design at North Central College?

Graphic design majors plan and execute the design of visual communication according to the needs of audiences and contexts. Students master a broad range of conceptual, formal and technological skills to create effective visual solutions to communication problems. Students can enhance their studies with an additional major or minor, a study abroad or Chicago term, and internships. Graduates are employed in digital marketing, design services, publishing, advertising, public relations or related services industries.

You can also:

  • Utilize a full-scale lab equipped with the cutting-edge, industrystandard hardware and software required for high-intensity graphic creation.
  • Access Mac and PC graphics labs dedicated exclusively to declared Graphic Design majors and minors.
  • Enroll in community engaged, cross-disciplinary and team-taught courses. • Compete for Art and Design scholarships.
  • Gain hands-on experience by working at our student run Design Agency creating designs for on and off campus organizations.
  • North Central College is part of the University Partner Program offered by the Art Institute of Chicago. As part of this arrangement, all North Central students can gain admittance to the AIC free of charge with their North Central students identification cards, and have access to lectures, educational programs, and other special events.

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Graphic Design, B.A.

Graphic design majors plan and execute the design of visual communication according to the needs of audiences and contexts. Students master a broad range of conceptual, formal and technological skills to create effective visual solutions to communication problems. Students can enhance their studies with an additional major or minor, a study abroad or Chicago term and internships. Graduates are employed in digital marketing, design services, publishing, advertising, public relations or related services industries.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Art and Design.

Major Requirements

  • ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of historical and contemporary theories and practices of visual forms, especially as applied in art and design. Students engage theories in constructing imagery to develop skills of seeing and comprehending visual details, and the ability to understand the meanings of and messages in visual text.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    ARTD 107 - 2D Design: Explorations in Image Making

    4 credit hours

    A foundations course focused on process, study and application of core concepts of visual design - visual elements, principles of design and creative process. Course objectives include creative problem solving through acquisition of technical skills and introduction to a variety of materials.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 160 - 3D Design: Form and Space

    ARTD 160 - 3D Design: Form and Space

    4.00 credit hours

    A studio foundation course focused on process, study, and application of core concepts of art and design through the form and structure of three-dimensional space. Course objectives explore creative problem solving through acquisition and development of conceptual and technical skills by using a variety of materials.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    A creative environment similar to a design agency to develop independent art and design projects. Member students also work with clients including non-profit and campus organizations to offer graphic design and other multimedia related services. This course may be taken twice for credit.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the understanding of type and its use as a design element. Type is explored in relation to page layout, color, importing of graphics and expression, using computer graphics technology.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 244 - Graphic Design II: Methods and Materials

    ARTD 244 - Graphic Design II: Methods and Materials

    4.00 credit hours

    Create and develop visual form in response to communication problems, including an understanding of principles of visual organization/composition, information hierarchy, symbolic representation, typography, aesthetics and the construction of meaningful images.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140 and ARTD 242.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 245 - Web Design

    ARTD 245 - Web Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction the creation of design solutions relating toweb design. The students research, analyze, define objectives and present comprehensive solutions forweb design. Students learn how to create layout for a website, optimize images and graphics for the web and create simple websites using HTML and CSS.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    ARTD 275 - Photography II: Digital

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the basic tools and programs used in the electronic imaging process of digital photography. Students develop their imagery, artistic statements and concepts through the use of DSLR cameras and software.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    ARTD 280 - Animation I: Methods and Story

    4.00 credit hours

    The theory and practice of 2D computer animation, character and story development, the Twelve Principles of animation, including secondary animation, key-framing and anticipation. Topics include character development, narrative creation, time-line based editing, stop frame animation and an introduction to animation programming.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 342 - Graphic Design III

    ARTD 342 - Graphic Design III

    4.00 credit hours

    Experiments in visual communication challenge students to further refine visual thinking through applied problems. Flexibility of approach is important and stressed at this level. Group assignments allow for the integration of various media to better define conceptual and technical solutions to design problems.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 242.

    Schedule Of Classes

    • One additional ARTD 300-level or above
  • ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    ARTD 494 - Professional Practices

    2.00 credit hours

    Development of practical professional skills and materials such as resume, cover letter, artist statement, interview techniques and portfolio. Exploration of common practices in the creative fields through lectures, individual meetings, field trips, discussions, writing and presentations to develop the skills necessary to participate in various existing art and design worlds after graduation.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior or Senior Standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 496 - Exhibition I: Research and Development

    ARTD 496 - Exhibition I: Research and Development

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    Students generate viable exhibition project proposals through research and discussion. The proposals are presented for evaluation to a panel of review. The course forms the basis of projects to be presented at the senior student exhibition, the capstone experience of art and design majors.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior or Senior Standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 498 - Exhibition II: Production and Installation

    ARTD 498 - Exhibition II: Production and Installation

    0.00-1.00 credit hours

    Capstone experience where students produce exhibition projects that demonstrate their ability to design, justify, execute and present the results of original research based projects. Students work closely with an assigned project advisor, in addition to participating in supporting workshops, presenting at the senior student exhibition and defending the work at a final critique panel.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior or Senior Standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 306 - History of Design

    ARTH 306 - History of Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history of design from 1700 to the present. Consideration of the cultural role of major designers in finding creative solutions to human needs, such as shelter, clothing, utilitarian objects, visual communications, transportation and built environments in a variety of social contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:

  • ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of graphics for screen-based animation using image, graphic and typographic elements. Attention given to content development through an examination of motion design processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • MEDI 255 - Social Media

    MEDI 255 - Social Media

    4.00 credit hours

    Examines social media as an evolving, complex system of channels used to communicate, exchange messages and persuade. This class focuses on the crafting of messages for distinct social media channels and audiences. Among the things that we will consider are the uses of social media in advertising, social movements, and political campaigns.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

Additional Requirements for the B.A. Degree

Students must demonstrate elementary competence in a foreign language. For more information, see the B.A. Degree Requirements within the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Graphic Design Minor

Graphic design minors plan and execute the design of visual communication according to the needs of audiences and contexts. Students master a range of conceptual, formal and technological skills to create effective visual solutions to communication problems. The minor complements majors such as marketing, journalism, public relations and business.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Art and Design.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 20 credit hours, including:

Required Courses

  • ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    ARTD 140 - Digital Art and Design

    4.00 credit hours

    An introduction to digital imaging, computer graphics and graphic design to communicate messages using digital visuals. Emphasizes hands-on computer experience with digital image manipulation techniques, drawing and editing tools that allow students to create computer based graphic arts, design and page layout.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency (may be taken more than once)

    ARTD 195 - Practicum: Design Agency

    0.00-2.00 credit hours

    A creative environment similar to a design agency to develop independent art and design projects. Member students also work with clients including non-profit and campus organizations to offer graphic design and other multimedia related services. This course may be taken twice for credit.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Community Engaged Learning.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    ARTD 242 - Graphic Design I: Typography

    4.00 credit hours

    Introduction to the understanding of type and its use as a design element. Type is explored in relation to page layout, color, importing of graphics and expression, using computer graphics technology.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

One of the following:
  • ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    ARTD 100 - Visual Literacy

    4.00 credit hours

    A survey of historical and contemporary theories and practices of visual forms, especially as applied in art and design. Students engage theories in constructing imagery to develop skills of seeing and comprehending visual details, and the ability to understand the meanings of and messages in visual text.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts.
    iCon(s)
    Engaging Civic Life.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 306 - History of Design

    ARTH 306 - History of Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history of design from 1700 to the present. Consideration of the cultural role of major designers in finding creative solutions to human needs, such as shelter, clothing, utilitarian objects, visual communications, transportation and built environments in a variety of social contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Graphic Design Elective

One of the following:

  • ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    ARTD 340 - Motion Graphics

    4.00 credit hours

    Design of graphics for screen-based animation using image, graphic and typographic elements. Attention given to content development through an examination of motion design processes, software techniques and contemporary motion graphics.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 140.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTD 342 - Graphic Design III

    ARTD 342 - Graphic Design III

    4.00 credit hours

    Experiments in visual communication challenge students to further refine visual thinking through applied problems. Flexibility of approach is important and stressed at this level. Group assignments allow for the integration of various media to better define conceptual and technical solutions to design problems.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 242.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • ARTH 306 - History of Design (if not taken as a required course)

    ARTH 306 - History of Design

    4.00 credit hours

    Art history of design from 1700 to the present. Consideration of the cultural role of major designers in finding creative solutions to human needs, such as shelter, clothing, utilitarian objects, visual communications, transportation and built environments in a variety of social contexts.

    Prerequisite(s)

    ARTD 100 or ARTH 102.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Arts, Writing Intensive.
    iCon(s)
    Sustaining Our World.

    Schedule Of Classes

Art Elective

One additional course from ARTD.

Graphic Design Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

Students have interned at the following organizations:

  • Augusta Label and Printing
  • Chicago Humanities Festival
  • Cobalt Photo
  • DuPage Children’s Museum
  • FELD Entertainment
  • Invesco Powershares
  • Kellogg’s
  • Lillian’s House
  • Foundation Mujer
  • FP Mailing Solutions
  • NCTV17
  • Neary Martin
  • New Home Star
  • Pesola Media Group
  • Phoenix Closures
  • Visa Watcher
  • Weblinx

Careers 

Graduates are employed with the following companies:

  • American Auto Guardian, Inc.
  • Boombah
  • CB Jennings Elementary School
  • ENGS
  • Follett
  • Kansas State Football
  • Neary Martin
  • New Home Star
  • Optomi
  • Reflection Software
  • RLD Creative
  • The Design Image Group Inc.
  • Dealer Inspire
  • Launch Digital Marketing

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