Effective Fall 2019

This major prepares students for careers in graphic design, including advertising, branding, editorial design, environmental graphic design, and interactive and web design. Students build design expertise through an emphasis on process, technique, and concept development. The senior capstone integrates a broad range of learning experiences and skills in preparation for entry into the job market or graduate school.

Career Opportunities

Graphic designer, interactive/digital/UI designer, art director, and creative director for in-house, studio, and agency settings. Students may also choose to pursue an advanced degree in art or design.

Special Equipment Needs

See program Tool List for major.

Remediation Strategies

All incoming students must meet placement requirements in math. Students are expected to remediate any deficiencies as explained in the College Catalog (see https://www.pct.edu/catalog/admissions-policy).

Transfer Procedures

Graduates of Penn College's two-year Advertising Art major can transfer all courses into the Graphic Design major; however, major courses (defined as those with ART, PHO designators) must have been completed with a grade of 'C' or better. Internal and external transfers with fewer than 61 credits can carry parallel courses into the baccalaureate when grades are 'C' or better. 

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate advanced graphic design skills in both interactive media and print media.
  • create design projects with attention to concept, form, and function.
  • create designs that demonstrate image making, editing, and production formatting. 
  • create designs that demonstrate display and publication typography.
  • present concepts and design using verbal and visual skills. 
  • apply problem-solving skills and concept development to all stages of the design process.
  • design, and create print and digital projects in the areas of branding, editorial, environmental, package, and web design for a diverse range of audiences and demographics.
  • demonstrate proficiency with industry-standard software, hardware, and other technologies.
  • demonstrate the ability to collaborate and critique through the design process.
  • apply research, theory, and formal design principles to the creation of graphic design.

Performance Standards

Students must earn a grade of 'C' or better in all courses with an ART and PHO course designator to receive credit for their completion. Students earning a 'D' or below must retake courses in which they are deficient before those courses can be considered as meeting the prerequisite requirements for more advanced courses. Failure to achieve a grade of 'C' or above in a course, after the maximum attempts allowed by College policy, results in withdrawal from the major in which the course is required.


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
FYE101First Year Experience 1.50 1.50 SREQ
ART107Visual Literacy for Designers 32 3 MREQ
ART180Drawing 32 3 MREQ
PHO150Digital Photography 32 3 MREQ
ENL111English Composition I 33 SREQ
CSC124Information, Technology & Society 33 SREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ART102Two-Dimensional Design 32 3 MREQ
ART109Design & Color 32 3 MREQ
ART125Art History: Ancient through 15th Century 33 MREQ
BWM150Introduction to Web Page Development 33 MREQ
MMMMath Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3 SMMM
ENL201Technical & Professional Communication 33 SREQ
ENL121English Composition II 33 SREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ART145History of Graphic Design 33 MREQ
ART202Introduction to Three-Dimensional Design 32 3 MREQ
ART225Type Design I 32 3 MREQ
ART270Computer Graphics I 32 3 MREQ
BIM120Social Media in Business & Society 33 MREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ART210Introduction to Graphic Design 32 3 MREQ
ART235Type Design II 32 3 MREQ
ART275Computer Graphics II 32 3 MREQ
ART285Introduction to Graphic Design for the Internet 32 3 MREQ
SPC101Fundamentals of Speech 33 SREQ
Fifth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ART320Environmental Graphic Design 32 3 MREQ
ART361Advanced Graphic Design for the Internet 32 3 MREQ
ART340Illustration 32 3 MREQ
MTH172Introduction to Geometry 32.50 1.50 MREQ
SCIScience Elective 3 SSCI
Sixth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ART311Package Design 32 3 MREQ
ART330Modern Art & the Contemporary Image 3Writing Enriched Requirement3 MREQ
HIS116World History I 3Cultural Diversity Requirement3 SREQ
HIS126World History II 3Cultural Diversity Requirement3 SREQ
OEEExploration Elective 3 SOEE
PHO230Commercial Photography 32 3 MREQ
Seventh SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ART411Branding 32 3 MREQ
BGDSpecified Graphic Design Elective 3 MBGD
PHL110Introduction to Philosophy 33 SREQ
SCLScience Elective with lab 4 SSCL
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA
Eighth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
ART420Portfolio Design 32 3 MREQ
ART496Senior Project 32 3 MREQ
OEEExploration Elective 3 MOEE
OEAOpen Elective 3 SOEA

Note: Internship may replace one specified BGD elective.