The graphic design major provides individuals with the opportunity to learn the
skills, principles and latest industry-standard tools needed to prepare for a wide
variety of careers in the graphic design industry. The courses focus on the art of
communication and problem solving through the use of type, space, visual
imagery and computer software. This rigorous curriculum merges creative visual
aesthetics with modern technology, which is necessary for mastering print, illustration or web media production.
Completion of this program will result in a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design
with a concentration in illustration, print design or web design awarded by Fairleigh
Dickinson University. Admission decisions are made in accordance with criteria, policies and procedures established by FDU.
Students must maintain a grade point ratio of 2.00 in their courses at FDU subsequent 
to admission.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Illustration Concentration

Illustration allows for a personal style, giving students a competitive edge in their
design careers. The illustration concentration gives students the opportunity to
develop their abilities in a wide range of marketing, advertising and editorial-art
arenas, through the development of critical-thinking skills in visual communication. Students will learn a variety of digital
and real-media techniques, with an emphasis on design principles and concept development.

 Required Theory and Production (33 credits) 
    CGD 1212    Intro to Graphic Design
    CGD 1313    Creative Imagery with Photoshop
    CGD 1314    Illustrator Graphics and Design
   CGD 1552    The Digital Children’s Book
    CGD 2212    Typography I
    CGD 2213    Visual Principles in Design
    CGD 3303    Web Design
    CGD 2370    Print Layout
   CGD 3351    Illustration Design
    CGD 4420    Thesis
    CGD 4500    Portfolio Preparation
 Concentration Electives (12 credits) 
 Choose from the Following: 
    CGD 1050    Creative Concept Drawing
    CGD 2170    Branding Design
   CGDH 2020    History of Graphic Design
    CGD 2214    Digital Prepress
    CGDH 2216    Design for Social Responsibility
    CGD 2243    Prelude to Publishing
    CGD 3303    Web Design
    CGD 3315    Wordpress
    CGD 3352    Typography 2
   CGD 3355    Logo and Package Design
    CGD 3358    Project Based Web Design
    CGD 3360    Freelance Practices
    CGD 3361    Mobile Web Design
    CGD 3362    Mobile App Design
    CGD 3363    Interactive Publishing
    CGD 3370    Computer Illustration & Design
    CGD 3373    Email Blast Design and Implementation
    CGD 3374    Online Ad Design and Implementation
    CGD 3377    Web Design II
    CGD 3380    Social Media Marketing Design
    CGD 3385    Ecommerce Design
    NOTE:    Six credits in Internship experience may be used
   to fulfill Major Elective requirements.
    CGD 4422    Graphic Design Internship I
    CGD 4423    Graphic Design Internship II
    CGD 4900    Faculty/Student Research I
    CGD 4901    Faculty/Student Research II
 Required Cognates (9 credits) 
   ART 1201    Drawing I
   ART 1153
   ART 2236
   ART 1169
   ART 1225
   ART 3350
   Life Drawing I  or
   Introduction to Color  or
   Watercolor Painting I or
   Painting I or
   Illustration

Print Design Concentration

The print design concentration teaches the creative process of producing visual communications and presentations in order to
convey a specific message to a targeted audience, specifically intended for printing.
The most common types of print-design products are publications, brochures, business cards, posters, product labels and
packaging.

Required Theory and Production (33 credits) 
    CGD 1212    Intro to Graphic Design
    CGD 1313    Creative Imagery with Photoshop
    CGD 1314    Illustrator Graphics and Design
    CGD 2020    History of Graphic Design
    CGD 2212    Typography 1
    CGD 2213    Visual Principles in Design
    CGD 2370    Print Layout
    CGD 3355    Package Design
    CGD 3363    Interactive Publishing
    CGD 4420    Thesis
    CGD 4500    Portfolio Preparation
 Concentration Electives (12 credits) 
 Choose from the Following: 
   CGD 1050    Creative Concept Drawing
   CGD 2170    Branding Design
   CGD 1552    The Digital Children’s Book
   CGD 2214    Digital Prepress
   CGD 2215    Editorial Design and Illustration
   CGD 2216    Design for Social Responsibility
   CGD 2243    Prelude to Publishing
   CGD 3300    Illustration Special Topics
   CGD 3303    Web Design
   CGD 3315    Wordpress
   CGD 3351    Illustration Design
   CGD 3352    Typography II
   CGD 3358    Project Based Web Design
   CGD 3360    Freelance Practices
   CGD 3361    Mobile Web Design
   CGD 3362    Mobile App Design
   CGD 3370    Computer Illustration & Design
   CGD 3373    Email Blast Design and Implementation
   CGD 3374    Online Ad Design and Implementation
   CGD 3377    Web Design II
   CGD 3380    Social Media Marketing Design
   CGD 3385    Ecommerce Design
    NOTE:    Six credits in Internship experience may be used
   to fulfill Major Elective requirements.
   CGD 4422    Graphic Design Internship I
   CGD 4423    Graphic Design Internship II
   CGD 4900    Faculty/Student Research I
   CGD 4901    Faculty/Student Research II
 Required Cognates (6 credits) 
   ART 1201    Drawing I
   ART 2236
   ART 2233
   ANIM 1850
   ANIM 1750
   Introduction to Color or
   3-Dimensional Design or
   Computer Modeling or
   Motion Graphics with After Effects

Web Design Concentration

The web design concentration encompasses a variety of skills in the design and production of websites and other internet
products including interface design, authoring and coding through the use of
proprietary software. Students study how websites work in order to produce the
front-end user interface as well as developing the functionality, navigation and interactivity of web-based products.

Required Theory and Production (33 credits) 
    CGD 1212    Intro to Graphic Design
    CGD 1313    Creative Imagery with Photoshop
    CGD 1314    Illustrator Graphics and Design
    CGDH 2020    History of Graphic Design
    CGD 2212    Typography 1
    CGD 3303    Web Design
    CGD 3315    WordPress
    CGD 3358    Project Based Web Design
    CGD 3377    Web Design II
    CGD 4420    Thesis
    CGD 4500    Portfolio Preparation
 Concentration Electives (12 credits) 
 Choose from the Following: 
   CGD 1050    Creative Concept Drawing
   CGD 1552    The Digital Children’s Book
   CGD 2213    Visual Principles in Design
   CGD 2214    Digital Prepress
   CGD 2215    Editorial Design and Illustration
   CGDH 2216    Design for Social Responsibility
   CGD 2243    Prelude to Publishing
   CGD 2370    Print Layout
   CGD 3300    Illustration: Special Topics
   CGD 3351    Illustration Design
   CGD 3352    Typography 2
   CGD 3355    Logo and Package Design
    CGD 3363     Interactive Publishing
   CGD 3360    Freelance Practices
   CGD 3361    Mobile Web Design
   CGD 3362    MobileDesign
   CGD 3370    Computer Illustration & Design
   CGD 3373    Email Blast Design and Implementation
   CGD 3374    Online Ad Design and Implementation
   CGD 3380    Social Media Marketing Design
   CGD 3385    Ecommerce Design
    NOTE:    Six credits in Internship experience may be used
   to fulfill Major Elective requirements.
   CGD 4422    Graphic Design Internship I
   CGD 4423    Graphic Design Internship II
   CGD 4900    Faculty/Student Research I
   CGD 4901    Faculty/Student Research II
 Required Cognates (9 credits) 
   ART 1201    Drawing I
   ANIM 1750
   ANIM 1800
   ANIM 2236
   Motion Graphics with After Effects or
   Vector Anim Using Animate Cc or
   Introduction to Color

Concentrations

We offer three areas of concentration; Print Design, Web Design and Illustration.

The Print Design Concentration places a strong emphasis on concept development, technical skills, and aesthetics, in problem solving.

The Web Design Concentration blends technical skill with design expertise, preparing students for a variety of careers in the interactive industry.

The Illustration Concentration allows students to focus on developing a personal style, while practicing their craft.  Imagination and experimentation are encouraged, as students learn technique in traditional and digital media.

All programs emphasize individual discovery, as students work on collaborative projects that are showcased in a variety of exhibits and displays at the University.  Career and freelance skills are taught in upper level classes. No matter which concentration is chosen, all three instill the creative, technological and philosophical skills necessary to be competitive in today’s market. Creativity and concept are key in the FDU Design Programs.