Undergraduate Programs in Graphic Design
Major (60 credits; ARTGD-BS)
The Art Department of Queens College offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design that provides students the creative, intellectual, and technical skills to become effective communicators in the new century. Students learn to shape the form and content of media across a variety of formats—from print to digital. In addition to the core requirements, the program includes courses in animation, digital imaging, digital moviemaking, non-linear editing, interactive web design, publication design, advertising design, graphic novel and digital illustration. Students graduate equipped with the skills to succeed in careers, graduate school or both.
Students who wish to major in Graphic Design must meet with an advisor prior to declaring the major. Admission requirements include a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 or approval by portfolio review. Program standards for satisfactory progress require students to maintain a GPA of 2.75 or better within the major and receive no grade lower than C in any requirements for the major. Students accepted into the major are requested to meet with an advisor once each semester to ensure adherence to major requirements. A laptop computer is strongly encouraged for students majoring in graphic design.
Transfer students who want to major in graphic design must present a transcript, or a transcript and portfolio, to the Graphic Design faculty for evaluation. Regardless of which transfer courses are accepted for credit, entering students must be able to demonstrate a current working knowledge of basic page layout and imaging software, or they will be required to complete ARTS 191. Except as specifically exempted by portfolio review, all transfer students must take ARTS 246, 345, and 395, along with three electives chosen from ARTS247 - ARTS387 at Queens College. Up to 15 studio credits may be granted toward the major. In addition, students may receive as many additional blanket studio credits as permitted by the BS degree, which requires that at least half the degree credits be in liberal arts.
The Art Department also offers Minors in Graphic Design, Digital Graphics, Animation and illustration, and in Digital Moviemaking and Imagemaking.
Art History Courses (9 credits): ARTH 101, 102, plus one elective from the following: ARTH 200-299, MEDST 144, 146.
Required Courses (30 credits): ARTS 189, 190, 191, 193, 241, 242, 243, 245, 246, 345, 395.
Elective Courses (21 credits): Seven of the following: ARTS 157, 165, 171, 187, 188, 195, 205, 207, 210, 212, 213, 215, 217, 221, 243, 247, 248, 249, 257, 269, 277, 278, 279, 286, 287, 289, 290, 296, 347, 358, 359, 370, 393. Those needed for the Minors in Digital Graphics, in Animation and Illustration, and in Digital Moviemaking and Imagemaking), but no more than a total of half of their credits for graduation, as limited by the BS degree. Students who elect any of the minors listed above cannot count the same courses for both the graphic design major and the minor. Instead, additional courses must be taken.
Graphic Design majors may take additional studio art courses (including those required for the Minors in Digital Graphics, in Animation and illustration, and in Digital Moviemaking and Imagemaking.
Digital Graphics (ARTDG-MIN) — Required: 21 credits
Seven courses from ARTS 157, 165, 171, 188, 189, 193, 195, 205, 207, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 217, 221, 243, 277, 278, 279, 286, 287, 290. Basic drawing skills (ARTS 151 or equivalent) and a good working knowledge of page layout, image-editing, and drawing software (ARTS 191 or equivalent) are recommended before beginning the minor.
Graphic Design (ARTGD-MIN) — Required: 21 credits
ARTS 171, 191, 241, plus any four from ARTS 189, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 248, 286, 289, 290, 296, 357, 370, 387, 393.
Note: BA in Studio Art or Art Ed. Majors, and all BA students with more than 9 nonliberal arts credits, are not eligible for this minor. (BFA majors are eligible.)
Animation and Illustration (ARTSAI-MIN) — Required: 21 credits
Seven courses from ARTS 171, 187, 188, 193, 207, 210, 213, 215, 221, 247, 259, 279, 286, 290, 347, 359, 393. Students should have previous experience in drawing (ARTS 151, or equivalent).
Note: The following students are not eligible for this minor: BA in Studio Art or Art Ed. majors and any BA student with more than 9 non-liberal arts credits. BFA and BS in Graphic Design majors are eligible.
Digital Moviemaking and Imagemaking (ARTSDM-MIN) — Required: 21 credits
Seven courses from ARTS 157, 165, 205, 207, 210, 217, 221, 225, 235, 279, 287, 290.
Note: The following students are not eligible for this minor: BA in Studio Art or Art Ed. Majors and any BA student with more than 9 non-liberal arts credits. BFA and BS in Graphic Design majors are eligible, but they cannot use courses applied to their major to satisfy this minor. Instead, additional courses must be taken.