2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 20, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design, B.S.

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Bruce Strong, Chair
Department of Multimedia Photography and Design
318 Newhouse 3, 315-443-2304


Mike Davis, Seth Gitner, Ken Harper, Gregory Heisler, Soo Yeon Hong, Lawrence Mason Jr., Renée Stevens, Bruce Strong, David C. Sutherland, Sherri Taylor

The graphic design major emphasizes storytelling, design thinking, and a human-centered approach in interactive, motion, immersive, and print environments.  Students also learn industry-specific communications law and ethics, as well as develop relevant skills in writing, photography, presentation, and business.

Student Learning Outcomes in Graphic Design

In addition to the learning outcomes listed in the Newhouse School mission statement, students in the graphic design major are expected to achieve the following educational goal:

Produce professional quality design work by synthesizing the best practices and current theories of traditional graphic design, motion and emerging media.

Major Requirements

Students majoring in graphic design must complete 38 credits within the Newhouse School of Public Communications. The major requirements follow.


*COM 346 - Race, Gender, and the Media  or COM 348 - Beauty and Diversity in Fashion Media  can be used to satisfy the diversity requirement instead of COM 344  and an approved course in the College of Arts and Sciences.

**Or other Newhouse writing class by petition

Capstone Requirement (3 credits)

Global Experience

Additional Requirements

  • EEE 370   - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises (Whitman School of Management)
  • PHI 293   - Ethics and the Media Professions (College of Arts and Sciences)

Newhouse Electives ( 3 credits)

Graphic Design majors are required to take one Newhouse elective.

Total: 38 Newhouse credits required.

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