Graphic Design

Major: Graphic Design
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 183.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 50.0409
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
27-1024

About the Program

Westphal College's Graphic Design curriculum provides a balance of traditional and technical artistic studies enhanced by general education coursework in the humanities and the physical and social sciences. Students develop a sophisticated approach to creative problem solving and hone skills in typography, image generation, corporate identity, web design, information graphics, three-dimensional design, and motion graphics. Working in both two and three-dimensional projects, students utilize the latest electronic applications and emerging technologies to stay current with the industry.

Graphic Design students can also pursue advanced elective coursework in web & motion graphic design, environmental graphic design (wayfinding systems, exhibition design, identity graphics), experimental publication design and other interdisciplinary special topics projects.

Additional Information

For more information about the major, visit the Graphic Design program web page.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience2.0
Required Arts and Humanities-students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Required Natural Science-students elect a minimum of 4.0 credits4.0
Required Social Science-students elect a minimum of 9.0 credits9.0
Free electives23.0
Co-operative education (two terms)0.0
Visual Studies Requirements
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
PHTO 110Photography3.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
VSST 301Painting I4.0
VSST 321Screenprint I4.0
Visual Studies (VSST) elective4.0
Graphic Design Requirements
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
PHTO 210Intermediate Photography3.0
VSCM 100Computer Imaging I3.0
VSCM 200Computer Imaging II3.0
VSCM 230Visual Communication I4.0
VSCM 231Visual Communication II4.0
VSCM 232Visual Communication III4.0
VSCM 240Typography I3.0
VSCM 241Production3.0
VSCM 242Typography II3.0
VSCM 330Visual Communication IV4.0
VSCM 331Visual Communication V4.0
VSCM 340Typography III3.0
VSCM 350 [WI] Graphic Design: 20th Century and Beyond3.0
VSCM 430Visual Communication VI4.0
VSCM 440Book Design4.0
VSCM 450Professional Portfolio3.0
VSCM 460Professional Practice3.0
VSCM 496Senior Thesis Graphic Design3.0
WMGD 210Motion Graphics I4.0
WMGD 220Web Graphics I4.0
WMGD 330Web Graphics II4.0
Total Credits183.0

 

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Sample Plan of Study  

BS in Graphic Design: General Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
PHYS 121Physical Science for Design I4.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 101Design I4.0
VSST 110Introductory Drawing3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
UNIV A101The Drexel Experience1.0
VSST 102Design II4.0
Natural science elective4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 3
ARTH 102History of Art II: Renaissance to Romanticism3.0
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 119Mathematical Foundations for Design4.0
VSCM 100Computer Imaging I3.0
VSST 103Design III4.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 4
ARTH 103History of Art: Modern Art3.0
PHTO 110Photography3.0
VSCM 200Computer Imaging II3.0
VSCM 230Visual Communication I4.0
VSCM 240Typography I3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 5
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
PHTO 210Intermediate Photography3.0
VSCM 231Visual Communication II4.0
VSCM 242Typography II3.0
VSST 111Figure Drawing I3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 6
VSCM 232Visual Communication III4.0
VSCM 241Production3.0
WMGD 220Web Graphics I4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 7
ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design3.0
VSST 321Screenprint I4.0
WMGD 330Web Graphics II4.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
Social Science elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 8
VSCM 330Visual Communication IV4.0
VSCM 340Typography III3.0
WMGD 210Motion Graphics I4.0
Visual Studies (VSST) elective*4.0
Arts and Humanities elective 3.0
 Term Credits18.0
Term 9
VSCM 331Visual Communication V4.0
VSCM 350 [WI] Graphic Design: 20th Century and Beyond3.0
VSST 301Painting I4.0
Social science elective 3.0
Arts and Humanities elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 10
VSCM 430Visual Communication VI4.0
VSCM 440Book Design4.0
Social science elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits14.0
Term 11
VSCM 450Professional Portfolio3.0
Free electives9.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 12
VSCM 460Professional Practice3.0
VSCM 496Senior Thesis Graphic Design3.0
Free electives8.0
 Term Credits14.0
Total Credit: 183.0

 See degree requirements for list of Graphic Design electives.

*

 Visual Studies (VSST) elective: choose from any upper-level VSST course.


Co-op/Career Opportunities

Potential employers include advertising agencies, publishers, printers, independent and in-house design studios, museums and galleries, magazines and newspapers, and television. Training in visual communication prepares an individual for careers in many fields because the problem-solving methods and organizational skills it builds are widely applicable.

Co-op Experiences


Some past co-op employers of graphic design students include:

  • The Franklin Institute
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Quirk Books
  • Esquire
  • Intuitive Company
  • Electronic Ink
  • Razorfish
  • WebLinc
  • Happy Cog
  • Philadelphia Union
  • Hasbro
  • Comcast
  • National Constitution Center

Career Opportunities

Our Graphic Design alumni go on to successful careers in a range of positions including Lead Designer, Creative Director, Art Director, Interaction Designer, and Owner or Partner of firms. Some of the companies where our alumni can be found include:

  • Facebook
  • Ann Taylor Inc
  • ESPN
  • America’s Test Kitchen
  • Apple
  • ex;it
  • Comcast Corporation
  • Intuitive Company
  • Blue Cadet
  • Time Inc.
  • Hasbro
  • Michael Graves Design Group
  • Brooks Brothers
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Longwood Gardens
  • Under Armour
  • AgileCat
  • Marvel Entertainment
  • eCity Interactive
  • Sesame Workshop
  • National Constitution Center
  • Bloomberg
  • Saatchi & Saatchi
  • Vera Bradley
  • Kikkerland
  • The Franklin Institute
  • QVC


Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.  

Facilities

The Graphic Design studios are located on the fourth floor of the URBN Center in the Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. There are five dedicated studios equipped with up-to-date electronic and traditional tools. Studios have work surfaces for traditional practices that will accommodate 15 students, and wall surfaces for critiques or posting examples of printed work. In addition, students have access to a dedicated, non-scheduled Graphic Design “Open Lab” equipped with all necessary technology and work surfaces.

Graphic Design Faculty

Jack Cliggett, MFA (Syracuse University). Associate Professor. Graphic design; logo design, corporate identity, Chinese propaganda, and thesis.
Joshua Gdovin, BS (Drexel University). Visiting Teaching Professor. Graphic design; web graphics; motion graphics, and thesis.
Jody Graff, BS (Drexel University) Program Director, Graphic Design. Associate Professor. Graphic design; publication design, annual report design, three-dimensional graphics and packaging, environmental graphic design (exhibition and wayfinding), and thesis.
Eric Karnes, MFA (Virginia Commonwealth University). Assistant Professor. Graphic design; logo design, corporate identity, typography, advanced typography, publication design, book design, professional portfolio, thesis.
David Raizman, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Professor. Graphic design; History of Modern Design, Graphic Design; 20th Century & Beyond
William Rees, BS (Drexel University) Associate Program Director, Graphic Design. Associate Teaching Professor. Graphic design; logo design, corporate identity, publication design, electronic imaging, print production, professional portfolio, and thesis.
Sandra Stewart, BFA (Tyler School of Art, Temple University) Academic Associate Dean, Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design. Associate Professor. Graphic design; logo design, corporate identity, publication design, three-dimensional graphics and packaging, and thesis.
Mark Willie, MFA (Boston Museum School of Fine Arts). Teaching Professor. Graphic design; typography, logo design, corporate identity, publication design, book design, professional portfolio, and thesis.
Shushi Yoshinaga, BFA (Philadelphia College of the Arts). Associate Professor. Graphic design; letterform, typography, and thesis.
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