Graphic Design Program

About our Graphic Design program

At SUVA our Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design program is committed to helping students excel in traditional and contemporary graphic design concepts, while learning the creative process of combining their imagination with new uses of technology. While attending graphic design school students will learn how to balance creativity with client need and use their design skills to create a range of print and web based design work.

Our graphic design program also provides SUVA students experience the design flow and processes in a hands-on environment to develop problem solving skills that are essential to fostering a great career in this industry. Upon completion of the graphic design program our graduates are qualified to seek employment as:

  • Graphic artists
  • Production artists
  • Graphic designers
  • Web designers
  • UX/UI designers

Cover image: Roman Urias

Duration:

4 years

Minoring:

Summer programs available

Core Faculty:
Support Faculty:
Contact:

800.825.8753 (toll free) or email us

SUVA has connected the dots for me. I tried other schools and felt a disconnect with their curricula and how it relates with my major. SUVA teaches you the relationship between the curricula and your chosen major. This approach has made my art more meaningful and impactful.

Roman Urias

  • Overview

    As a Graphic Designer, you combine your creativity with the power of art and technology to impact how an audience thinks, feels and responds to your work. Graphic Designers can work with a wide range of clients and professionals on many different challenging and interesting projects. Imagine creating an iconic logo that people remember and helps build your client’s business.

    Think of what it would feel like working with an advertising agency to create a dynamic, interactive website for an international event. Imagine the freedom of being able to work from home or on the go as a freelance Graphic Designer.


    Courses

    Credits

    Universal Foundation Courses

    39

    General Education Courses

    27

    Graphic Design Courses

    53

    Elective Courses

    6

    Total credits

    125

  • Year 1

    Academic calendar for first year students:


    Freshman Modules

    Credits

    A/D101 Concepts through History I

    Students learn how light, color, perspective, space, sight, sound, touch, etc. reflect culture and ideas.

    3

    A/D102 Spatial Dynamics

    Students learn how space can be manipulated to develop impactful designs.

    4

    A/D103 Design Solutions I

    Students complete a variety of projects that demonstrate the principles and elements in 2D and 3D formats.

    3

    A/D104 Drawing I

    Students begin to develop eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design.

    4

    A/D105 The Power of Why I

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    A/D115 Concepts through History II

    Students continue learning how artists and designers throughout history use concepts to make art.

    3

    A/D116 Narrative Design

    Students learn how to connect parts of a story to create a purposeful experience.

    3

    A/D117 Design Solutions II

    Students continue learning the principles and elements of design with the addition of color, light and time. Prereq. A/D-U 103.

    3

    A/D118 Drawing II

    The students practice eye, mind and hand coordination in order to accurately depict light, form and space to create art and design. Prereq: A/D-U104

    4

    A/D119 The Power of Why II

    Students learn to use the power of their decisions to create meaningful art. This course includes inspiring discussions, research and inquiry.

    1

    Total credits

    29

    After the Freshman year, students enhance their learning by taking 6 credits of elective courses to explore and develop understanding in subjects of conceptual, or technical interest.

  • Year 2

    Academic calendar for second year students:


    Sophomore Modules

    Credits

    A/D203 Creative Thinking

    Students take what they learn in Creative Thinking and begin learning the Illustration process. Students understand the concept and idea development process required for creating images that have meaning for the viewer.

    4

    GDS200 Into the Studio: Intro to Typography, Layout, Production

    Students discover the concept and idea development process required for creating design that has meaning for the consumer.

    5

    A/D201 Voice and Vision (Required)

    Students learn how simplicity, metaphors and analogies keep their message clear and concise.

    3

    A/D202 English Composition (Required)

    Students learn to compose an essay and organize a thesis to use in academic environments.

    3

    GDC210 Creating Concepts I: History of Graphic Design I, Intro to Graphic Design

    Students demonstrate an understanding of the interdependent relationship between concept, design and human experience.

    4

    GDS210 Graphic Design Studio I: Typography II, Print and Online Production I

    Students complete a variety of engaging individual and collaborative projects at the introductory level to produce designs that communicate ideas.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 3

    Academic calendar for third year students:


    Junior Modules

    Credits

    GDC300 Creating Concepts II: Creating an Experience

    Students create deeper experiences they execute in studio courses. Students build on concepts learned in Creating Concepts I to develop engaging designs.

    4

    GDS300 Graphic Design Studio II: Layout II, Print and Online Production II

    Students learn through different challenges and hands-on experience new ways of creating designs that communicate ideas and influence the consumer.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    GDC310 Creating Concepts III: Influencing Target Audiences

    Students develop concepts used to create original, effective designs that have meaning and demonstrate the ability to influence the consumer.

    4

    GDS310 Graphic Design Studio III: Print and Online Production III

    Students challenge themselves and are challenged by their peers and instructors to learn advanced graphic design skills.

    5

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Year 4

    Academic calendar for final year students:


    Senior Modules

    Credits

    GDC400 Senior Seminar I: Advanced Concept Design I

    Students develop an original and independent body of work that engages consumers at a deep, experiential level.

    4

    GDS400 Senior Studio I: Advanced Digital and Print Production

    Students learn to research concepts and advanced techniques to generate an internal reaction in the consumer.

    5

    GE329 Professional Practices

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    GDC410 Senior Seminar II: Advanced Concept Design II

    Students go into further depth developing an original and independent body of work that engages consumers at a deep, experiential level.

    4

    GDS410 Senior Studio II: Portfolio Preparation

    Students in their senior year complete a body of work that unifies the subjects learned in previous semesters.

    5

    GDC420 Internship: Reality Graphic Design

    Students work directly with professionals to develop, apply and evaluate their skills within the Graphic Design field.

    3

    General Education (Elective)*

    3

    Total credits

    30

    * General Education Electives:

    • Art/Humanitites (12 cr./6 cr. AH/3 cr. HM min.)
    • Social/Behavioral Science (6 cr.)
    • Math/Science (3 cr.)
    • Diversity/Global Studies (3 cr.)
  • Minoring

    Experience the design process and develop problem solving skills essential to graphic design. Students learn to create the design and layout of websites, brochures, advertisements and more.


    Courses

    Credits

    GDM101 Graphic Design Minor (Summer 1)

    8

    GDM102 Graphic Design Minor (Summer 2)

    8

    Total credits

    16

Interested in studying Graphic Design at SUVA?

Our next academic year commences Fall 2020

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