About the Major

Graphic fundamentals students learn strong foundational coursework, emphasizing typography and design principles needed to enter the field. Students benefit from instructors who are working professionals, with hands-on experience in the fundamentals of typography and design principles. Students learn the most current industry software to create projects for the real world.

The Graphic Fundamentals Certificate of Achievement is intended to build a design foundation that can be used to expand a student's current or future career options outside the graphic design field. The certificate can be supplemented with elective courses to gain intermediate and specialized skills.

Degree Requirements

Semester One

100 Basic Graphic Design
106 Typography
118 Graphic Design History
125 Digital Media

Semester Two

Optional Elective Courses *

* Elective courses are recommended for building intermediate skills.


ARTG 100
Basic Graphic Design

Develop your skills by learning to use digital tools important to graphic communication.

ARTG 106

Grow your understanding and skills by studying and generating letterforms by hand and computer.

ARTG 118
Graphic Design History

Discover design styles through a comprehensive survey of historical art and design movements.

ARTG 125
Digital Media

Develop your skills by learning to use digital tools used in graphic communication.


ARTG 120

Learn conceptual ideation techniques and creative problem solving.

ARTG 124
Page Layout

A study of design layout for two-dimensional graphic projects in print and digital formats.

ARTG 133
Branding & Packaging

Intermediate level students will create three-dimensional packages and logotypes.

ARTG 143
Interaction Design 1

This course focuses on practices and strategies to deliver effective website experiences.

ARTG 153
Interaction Design 2

This course focuses on practices and strategies to deliver effective mobile experience design.

Book Arts

This hands-on class will teach you the basics of creating unique books.

ARTG 206
Advanced Typography

Students will utilize advanced typographic principles to solve design problems.

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