Texas Tech University

Graphic Design Curriculum

Art Foundations/Core

Art 1100 :: Intro To Art
Art 1303 :: Drawing 1
Art 2304 :: Drawing 2
Art 1302 :: Design 1
Art 2303 :: Design 2
ARTH 1301 (Art 1310) :: Art History Survey I (25,000 BC - AD 1300)
ARTH 2302 (Art 2311) :: Art History Survey II (AD 1300 - AD 1900)
ARTH 3303 (Art 3312) :: Art History Survey III (20th - 21st Century Art)

Art History course prefix and numbers have changed effective Fall 2011.

Area of Emphasis

Art 2388 :: Design Process {offered spring only; portfolio acceptance review}
Art 3385 :: Computer Design Methods 1 {offered fall only}
Art 4359 :: Design History {offered spring only}
Art 3386 :: Computer Design Methods 2 {offered spring only}
Art 3381 :: Typography {offered fall only}
Art 3382 :: Symbols {offered spring only}
Art 3384 :: Visual Systems {offered fall only}
Art 4357 :: Web Design Media {offered fall only}
Art 4360 :: Advanced Visual Systems {offered spring only}
Art 4380 :: Publication {offered spring only}
Art 4365 :: Advanced Design Process {offered fall only}
Art 4370 :: Advanced Publication {offered fall only}
Art 4379 :: Professional Practices in Graphic Design {offered spring only}
Art 4382 :: Portfolio Development {offered spring only}
Student Choice:: a student may select one of the following to satisfy the required credit hours: one additional art history course, one additional studio course, or a graphic design internsip (Art 4355:: Professional Internship)
*See course sequencing chart below.

Studio Art Electives

{Four of the following, student choice}
Art 3308 :: Printmaking 1: Intro
Art 3328 :: Advanced Printmaking
Art 4328 :: Experimental Printmaking
Art 3325 :: Photographic Arts 1: Intro
Art 3326 :: Advanced Photographic Arts
Art 4326 :: Experimental Photographic Arts
Art 3329 :: Digital Imaging: Intro
Art 4329 :: Advanced Digital Imaging
Art 3336 :: Sculpture: Metal Fabrication
Art 3337 :: Sculpture: Mixed Media/Wood
Art 3338 :: Advanced Sculpture: Intermedia
Art 3339 :: Fabrication
Art 4338 :: Advanced Sculpture: Intermedia
Art 3321 :: Painting 1: Intro
Art 3322 :: Advanced Painting
Art 4322 :: Experimental Painting
Art 3333 :: Metals + Jewelry Design: Intro
Art 3334 :: Advanced Metals + Jewelry Design
Art 4334 :: Advanced Metals + Jewelry Design: Senior Studio
Art 3323 :: Drawing 3: Life Drawing
Art 3324 :: Advanced Life Drawing
Art 4320 :: Experimental Drawing
Art 3300 :: Ceramics: Introduction to Wheel
Art 3301 :: Ceramics: Introduction to Hand Building
Art 3330 :: Advanced Ceramics: Wheel
Art 3331 :: Advanced Ceramics: Hand Building
Art 4330 :: Ceramics: Senior Studio

Upper Level Art History

{one of the following, student choice}
ARTH 3320 (Art 4313) :: Medieval Art of Europe
ARTH 3333 (Art 3311) :: Native American Arts
ARTH 3345 (Art 3317) :: Baroque Art
ARTH 3350 (Art 3313) :: Latin American Art
ARTH 3364 (Art 3314) :: Art of the United States
ARTH 3366 (Art 3316) :: 18th and 19th Century Art
ARTH 3380 (Art 3319) :: Photographic Arts of the 19th and 20th Centuries
ARTH 4307 (Art 4314) :: History of the Book as Art
ARTH 4308 (Art 4310) :: Seminar in Art History
ARTH 4335 (Art 4315) :: The Arts of Pre-Columbian America
ARTH 4340 (Art 3318) :: Art of the Renaissance
ARTH 4389 (Art 4312) :: Topics in 20th and 21st Century Art

General Studies

English :: 6 Credit Hours
Oral Communication :: 3 Credit Hours
Foreign Language :: 0-10 Credit Hours
Individual + Group Behavior :: 3 Credit Hours {satisfied with 3311 or 4315}
Multi-cultural :: 0 Credit Hours {satisfied with 1310 or 2311}
Technology + Applied Science :: 3 Credit Hours {2309}
Mathematics + Logical Reasoning :: 6 Credit Hours
Natural Science + Lab :: 8 Credit Hours
US History :: 6 Credit Hours
Political Science :: 6 Credit Hours
Humanities :: 3 Credit Hours

Graphic Design Course Sequencing
First year | Spring semester (portfolio acceptance review)

2388 design process

prerequisite :: art 1303 and 1302 (and enrolled in art 2304 and 2303 if not completed) 
preparation of application materials for submission to the faculty in consideration of communication design program acceptance.

Second year | Fall semester

3385 computer design methods 01

prerequisite :: art 2388 and program acceptance
technical aspects of digital imaging. stresses use of digital peripherals to capture and construct images, vector drawing, file integration, and digital production.

3381 typography

prerequisite :: art 2388 and program acceptance
theoretical and practical survey of visual typography. typographic fundamentals, historical contexts, visual organization, meaning and expressive qualities of type as visual form and visible language.

Second year | Spring semester

3386 computer design methods 02

prerequisite :: art 3385 and 3381
technical aspects of page layout, file integration and digital production will be introduced including digital peripherals.

3382 symbols

prerequisite :: art 3385 and 3381
exploration of symbols in design communication. meaning, concept development, process, research and problem solving are emphasized including appropriateness and responsibility to communicate effectively.

4359 design history (lecture)

prerequisite :: art 3385 and 3381 
examination of the evolution of the graphic arts. discusses design innovators as well as styles and movements. emphasis placed on the 20th century.

Third year | Fall semester (third yr review)

3384 visual systems

prerequisite :: art 3382, 3386 and 4359
development of integrated design systems and their systematic application of visual continuity. emphasis on concept and the relationship between content and form.

4357 web media

prerequisite :: art 3382, 3386 and 4359
fundamentals of website design and authoring tools applied to information structure, project work flow, functionality and interface experience related to the professional field of communication design.

Third year | Spring semester

4360 advanced visual systems

prerequisite :: art 3384 and 4357
development of integrated deign systems combining print and screen-based media. emphasis on visual and concept continuity

4380 publication

prerequisite :: art 3384 and 4357
sequential design and structural systems dealing with experimentation of type, image, pacing, and form. emphasis on concept development, research, writing, and presentation skills.

Fourth year | Fall semester

4365 advanced design process

prerequisite :: art 4360 and 4380
alternative methods of ideation and concept development will be explored as they relate to project development

4370 advanced publication

prerequisite :: art 4360 and 4380
an experimental and concept driven investigation into print, and screen-based publication. emphasis on creativity, authorship, and production

Fourth year | Spring semester

4382 portfolio

prerequisites :: art 4365 and 4370
final portfolio preparation and refinement.

4379 professional practices in graphic design (lecture)

prerequisites :: art 4365 and 4370
examines the process of career development and planning that includes self-assessment, job search strategies and awareness of workplace issues. variety of topics necessary for successful transition from academia to the workplace covered

Student choice

a student may select one of the following to satisfy the required credit hours: one additional art history course, one additional studio course or a graphic design internship (art 4355 :: Professional Internship) *123 total credit hours

IMPORTANT: Consult undergraduate catalogue for general education requirements.

Sequencing of the Art History courses, the Graphic Design electives, Studio electives, and general education requirements will vary based and availability, summer offerings, and individual decisions and acceptance of transfer credits.