Graphic Design track — Advising Guide

Suggested courses for student wanting to be a graphic designer or related profession

Art & Design major 

(84 credits)

Foundation courses: (16) [required]

_____ A 115 Beginning Design: 2D

_____ A 116 Beginning Design: 3D

_____ A 120 Foundations of Digital Art

_____ A 130 Beginning Drawing

 

Art History: (12) [required]

_____ A 204 Art History: Prehistoric-Late Antiquity

_____ A 205 Art History: Middle Ages-Renaissance

_____ A 206 Art History: Baroque-Contemporary

 

200-Level courses: (16) 

_____ A 220 Intro to Typography 

_____ A 262 Photo & Digital Images 

_____ A 2XX

_____ A 2XX

 

Upper division courses: (36) 

_____ A 308 History of Graphic Design

_____ A 320 Graphic Design…

_____ A 321 Graphic Design…

_____ A 322 Graphic Design…

_____ A 323 Interactive Media…

_____ A 324 Interactive Media…

_____ A 326 Video & Animation I

_____ A 327 Video & Animation II

_____ A 329 Print Design…

_____ A 421 Print Design…

_____ A 422 Print Design…

_____ A 462 Photo & Digital Images II 

_____ A 315 Intermediate Design: 2D  

 

Capstone course: (4)

 

_____ A429 Portfolio & Professional Preparation

 

 

Recommended General Education courses/electives: 

    • Creative Arts (topics: Theater Production, Fashion, Music/Sound)

  • Communication Studies (topics: Mass Communication, Media, Public Relations, Advertising)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Computer Science
  • Anthropology (ex: Language & Culture)
  • Business – Marketing 
  • Sociology
  • Philosophy (ex: Philosophy of Art)
  • Film Studies

 

 

Art Teacher track—Advising Guide

Suggested courses for student wanting to become Middle/H.S. art teacher 

(MAT candidate who plans to seek Art Endorsement)

 

Art & Design major 

(84 credits)

 

Foundation courses: (16)

_____ A 115 Beginning Design: 2D

_____ A 116 Beginning Design: 3D

_____ A 120 Foundations of Digital Art

_____ A 130 Beginning Drawing

 

Art History: (12)

_____ A 204 Art History: Prehistoric-Late Antiquity

_____ A 205 Art History: Middle Ages-Renaissance

_____ A 206 Art History: Baroque-Contemporary

 

200-Level courses: (16) see advisor

Hint: Check which of these are prerequisites for upper division courses you want to take later. 

Pick four of these. Try to get both 2-D and 3-D experiences

_____ A220 Intro to Typography 

_____ A 230 Intro to Life Drawing

_____ A 250 Intro to Ceramics

_____ A 262 Photo & Digital Images 

_____ A 270 Intro to Printmaking

_____ A 280 Intro to Painting

_____ A 290 Intro to Sculpture

 

Upper division courses: (36) see advisor

Suggestion: You may take multiple classes within a single field but work to get breadth in both 2D and 3D mediums, as well as some additional contemporary art history. 

Pick nine 300- or 400- level classes from these fields. 

_____ Art History: Modernism

_____ Drawing

_____ Ceramics

_____ Printmaking

_____ Painting

_____ Sculpture

_____ Photography & Digital Images 

_____ Interactive Media

_____ Graphic Design

_____ Video & Animation

 

Capstone course: (4)

 

_____ A419 Professional Concerns (4) 

 

Focusing on video & animation in the Art & Design program allows you to build a diverse set of powerful skills while honing your creativity. Through hands-on projects, you gain experience in video editing, camerawork, analog and digital 2D animation, motion graphics, storyboarding, sound design, visual effects, and more.

 

The following guide shows one possible course of study recommended for Art & Design majors who intend to work in video, animation, and related fields. WOU’s Art & Design program is quite flexible — you choose the courses that best fit your own interests and goals. (For example, you might decide to take graphic design instead of illustration, and so on).

 

Bachelor of Arts in Art & Design

Video & Animation

Advising Guide

 

Foundations

A 115 Beginning Design: 2D*

A 116 Beginning Design: 3D*

A 120 Foundations of Digital Art & Design*

A 130 Beginning Drawing*

 

Art History

A 204 Art History: Prehistoric through Late Antiquity*

A 205 Art History: Middle Ages through Renaissance*

A 206 Art History: Baroque through Contemporary*

 

Introductory Studio Electives

A 220 Introduction to Typography

A 230 Introduction to Life Drawing

A 262 Digital Images & Photography 1

A 280 Introduction to Painting

 

Upper Division Electives

A 311 Creativity & Idea Generation

A 315 Intermediate Design: 2D

A 316 Intermediate Design: 3D

A 326 Video & Animation 1

A 327 Video & Animation 2

A 383 Illustration: Technique & Narrative

A 404 Art History: Non-Western Art in Film

A 462 Digital Images & Photography 2

A 468 Digital Media Workshop

 

Capstone

A 429 Portfolio & Professional Presentation*

 

* = course required for all Art & Design majors

 

2018 Advising Guide for students who plan to transfer from Chemeketa Community College to Western Oregon University in Art & Design.  

 

We strongly recommend earning the AAOT degree from CCC before transferring to WOU. The AAOT fulfills all of WOU’s Liberal Arts Core Curriculum (LACC) requirements. * NOTE: Transfer students are still responsible for meeting other general education requirements at WOU (e.g. “D” diversity requirements, “W” writing intensive courses, supplemental language or Math/Science required by BA/BS degrees, 62 Upper Division credits, etc.)

 

Starting in the Fall of 2018, WOU plans to merge their current Art major and Visual Communication Design major into a single, more flexible, hybrid degree called the Art & Design Major. We will also offer a BFA in Art & Design and a Minor in Art & Design.  The redesigned degrees allow students to customize their coursework to better prepare for their chosen career and to graduate sooner.

 

Here’s what students should take at CCC to best prepare to transfer into WOU’s new Art & Design degree:

 

ART 115 Basic Design

ART 117 3-D Design

ART 131: Intro to Drawing I

(take A120 Digital Images for Artists once you get to WOU…no equivalent at CCC)

 

ART 204 Intro to Art History

ART 205 Intro to Art History

ART 206 Intro to Art History

 

Plus choose up to four* classes (16 credits) from the following 200-level classes: 

Choose classes that are the prerequisites for the 300-level areas you plan to study at WOU.

 

ART 234 Figure Drawing

ART 258 (best match for WOU’s A250 Ceramics)

ART 265 (best match for WOU’s A262 Digital Images and Photo I)

ART 276 Intro to Printmaking

ART 281 Painting 1

ART 291 Beginning Sculpture

 

Questions? Email: Rebecca McCannell, Art Dept. Head, mccannr@wou.edu