Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design (University Park only) (120 min. credits)

Effective Spring 2011 (last Senate update)

Semester 1

Credits

Semester 2

Credits

GD 001S First-Year Seminar in GD

1

GD 102 Introductory Design Studio

3

GD 100 (GA) Intro to Graphic Design

3

PHOTO 100 (GA) Intro to Photography

3

GD 101 Thinking Creatively

2

Natural Science (GN)

3

English 015 or 030*  (GWS) Composition/Honors Composition

3

Humanities (GH)

3

Natural Science (GN)

3

Quantification (GQ)

3

Social/Behavioral Sciences

3

Total Credits:

15

Total Credits:

 15

Semester 3

Credits

Semester 4

Credits

GD 202W History of Graphic Design

3

GD 201 Typography

3

GD 200 Graphic Design Studio

3

Arts (GA)/History of the Arts (may double count for US/IL)

3

PHOTO 200 Photography Studio I

3

Natural Science (GN)

3

CAS 100 (GWS) Effective Speech

3

Social/Behavioral Sciences (GS)

3

 Quantification (GQ)

3

Humanities (GH)

3

Total Credits:

15

Total Credits:

15

Portfolio Review for Entrance to Major at End of Fourth Semester

Semester 5

Credits

Semester 6

Credits

GD 300 Design Photography I

4

GD 302 Applied Communication

4

GD 301 Graphic Design Technology I

4

GD 303 Graphic Design Technology II

4

Arts (GA)/History of the Arts (may double count for US/IL)

3

History of the Arts

3

Additional Graphic Design course from department list

3

English 202 (GWS) Effective Writing

3

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5

Total Credits:

14

Total Credits:

15.5

Semester 7

Credits

Semester 8

Credits

GD 400 Time and Sequence

4

GD 402 Senior Problems

4

GD 495 Internship

3

History of the Arts

3

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5

Additional Graphic Design course from department list

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Elective

3

Total Credits:

14.5

Total Credits:

16

  • Bold type indicates courses requiring a quality grade of C or better.
  • Italics indicate courses that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.
  • Bold Italics indicate courses requiring a quality grade of C or better and that satisfy both major and General Education requirements.
  • GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements.
  • W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes:  

*Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.

Change of Major Requirements:  A minimum grade point average of 2.0 and creative solution to a design problem are required. 

Design Problem Requirements:  http://graphicdesign.psu.edu/prospective/admissions