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Program Requirements

Major Requirements

To fulfill the requirements of the major, all students in this program will take the following coursework in a sequence determined in collaboration with a faculty advisor. All students must also fulfill Liberal Arts Core and University requirements, and some of the following courses may also fulfill those requirements.

  • CMD 100 Introduction to Media Communication (3)
  • CMD 102 Visual Communication and Design (3)
  • CMD 200 Electronic Publishing (3)

  • CMD 203 Photography: Digital Imaging
  • CMD 255 Typography (3)
  • CMD 305 Publication Design (3)
  • CMD 308 Web and Social Media Design (3)
  • CMD 360 Communication and Design Studio (3)
  • CMD 400 Internship (3)
  • CMD 405 Portfolio (1)

Writing and Presentation (6 credits)

  • CMD 209 Contemporary Journalism (WI)
  • CMD 302 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques (3)
  • CMD 307 Broadcast Writing and Delivery (3)
  • CMD 315 Writing for Digital Media (3) (WI)

Specialty Courses

In addition to the required program courses, all majors in Graphic and Media Design are required to choose a specialty within the discipline or a minor approved by advisor. (15 credits)

Graphic Design

  • FA 105 Drawing as the required LAC FA course
  • CMD 202 Illustration (3)
  • CMD 301 History of Graphic Design (3)
  • MKT 301 Principals of Marketing
  • Elective from within the major
  • Elective from within the major

Media Media

  • 
CMD 204 Video Production: Multimedia Communication (3)

  • CMD 205 Video Production: Promotional and Informational Communication (3)
  • CMD 360 Comm. and Design Studio (add'l 3 credits) (6 total credits)
  • Elective from within the major
  • Elective from within the major

Visual Communication

  • 3rd “Writing and Presentation” course
  • 4th “Writing and Presentation” course
  • CMD 204 or 205 Video Production
  • Elective from within the major
  • Elective from within the major

Web Design

  • IT 125 Web Development
  • IT 130 Java Programming
  • IT 225 Advanced Web Development

  • IT 310 Database Technology
  • Elective from within the major

Electives within the major

  • CMD 204 or 205 Video Production
  • CMD 303 Illustration II
  • CMD 360 Comm. and Design Studio (add'l 3 credits) (6 total credits)
  • CMD 404 Performance Media Lab (3)
  • MKT 301 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • MKT 319 Advertising and Integrated Marketing (3)
  • MKT 421 Marketing Research (3)
  • CMD 421 Project – advisor's consent required
  • CMD 433 Research – advisor's consent required

Recommended Electives

  • CMD 103 Photoshop (1)
  • CMD 104 Illustrator (1)
  • CMD 105 Video Editing (1)
  • CMD 106 Motion Graphics (1)
  • CMD 107 Video Editing (1)

Each student entering the sophomore-level Graphic Design curriculum will be required to have a personal computer, color printer, and the software supported by the Graphic and Media Design program.

Technology Requirements

Graphic and Media Design Minor Requirements

  • CMD 100 Introduction to Media Communication (3)
  • CMD 102 Visual Communication and Design (3)
  • CMD 200 Electronic Publishing (3)
  • CMD 202 Illustration I (3)
  • CMD 203 Digital Photography (3) 
  • 9 additional credits in CMD Media Design courses (9)

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