Graphic arts

Graphic Arts

Inspired visual design.

The attractive visuals found in magazines, posters and websites feed your imagination, especially the imagery that can make a statement. Be inspired to explore your own creative design through Marian University’s graphic arts program.

The Program
Marian University’s graphic arts program actively integrates knowledge in the graphic design profession with the vision of a traditional studio artist. Students reflect upon the trends in graphic design technology and emerging media forms in a visually sophisticated society. Throughout their coursework, graphic arts students define a personal artistic style and develop a consistent body of work in the form of a professional portfolio.

The Possibilities
As a student in the graphic arts program, you’ll have numerous opportunities to develop the technical design skills and broad-based liberal arts perspective necessary to design creatively in a collaborative environment. You’ll be equipped to adapt to emerging technologies and the ever-changing design world. Students gain experience in a variety of areas, including desktop publishing, digital imaging, illustration, typography, animation, motion graphics, interactive interface design and web design. Students also develop skills in design theory, brainstorming, conceptual development and printing methods.

The Results
Marian’s graphic arts program prepares students for personal and professional success after graduation through applied learning experiences. Through hands-on internship experiences, Marian’s graphic arts graduates stay one step ahead of the competition. Employers and graduate programs look for students who have field experiences, many of which lead to professional employment. Graduates can find career success in graphic design, advertising, illustration, typography, creative direction, animation, multimedia and web design.

The Marian Difference
At Marian University, you’ll be inspired by our focus on personalized support and quality hands-on experiences. You’ll find faculty who are experts in art and design, bringing with them decades of experience and a passion to share the graphic arts.

Program Information

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements

Foreign language requirement
12 credits or equivalent:
Language requirement for Bachelor of Arts degree

Art history courses
6 credits:
ART 230 Survey of Art History I, 3 cr.
ART 240 Survey of Art History II, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:
ART 235 Women Artists through History, 3 cr.
ART 236 Contemporary Art History, 1-3 cr.
ART 237 American Art History, 3 cr.

Studio art courses
15 credits:
ART 111 Basic Drawing, 3 cr.
ART 201 Design, 3 cr.
ART 202 Basic Painting, 3 cr.
ART 250 Printmaking, 3 cr.
ART 303 Life Drawing, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:
ART 211 Basic Sculpture, 2-3 cr.
ART 212 Basic Ceramics, 2-3 cr.

Graphic arts courses
16-18 credits:
ART 203 Introduction to Graphic Arts, 3 cr.
ART 205 Digital Imaging, 3 cr.
ART 207 Computer Illustration, 3 cr.
ART 305 Introduction to Photography, 3 cr.
ART 340 Web Design, 3 cr.
ART 397 Internship, 1-3 cr.

3 credits from the following:
ART 401 Advanced Design, 3 cr.
ART Graphic Arts elective, 3 cr.

Additional requirements
18 credits:
ART Art elective, 3 cr.
COM 202 Writing for Media, 3 cr.
COM 333 Computer Applications for Communication, 3 cr.
MKT 201 Principles of Marketing, 3 cr.
MKT 302 Principles of Advertising, 3 cr.
TEC 102 Computer Software Applications, 3 cr.

0 credits:
ART 010, 020, 030, 040 Art Exhibition Attendance, 0 cr.

10-12 credits:
University electives (6 credits must be non-art)

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

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Fun Fact

83% of adult students at Marian self-report that faculty are available outside of the classroom (Source: Noel-Levitz Adult Student Priorities Survey, April 2014).

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Fond du Lac, WI 54935-4699


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