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.

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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.

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

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General Education Program: 46–49 University requirements. Major satisfies the art common core and elective core courses.

Foreign Language requirement, 12 credits or equivalent:  Language requirement for BA

Other requirements, 10–12 credits:

University electives (6 credits must be non-art)

64–66 credits as follows:

Art History, 6 credits:

A survey of art history beginning with cave art and moving to the Renaissance. When taken with ART 240 Survey of Art History II, these two courses provide a chronological treatment of world art. Respect for and appreciation of the aesthetic expressions of various cultures develop as students learn about major movements, artists and works through a variety of analytical, interpretive, and evaluative approaches.

A survey of art history beginning with the Renaissance and moving to 1945. When taken with ART 230 Survey of Art History I, these two courses provide a chronological treatment of world art. Respect for and appreciation of the aesthetic expressions of various cultures develop as students learn about major movements, artists, and works through a variety of analytical, interpretive, and evaluative approaches.

3 credits from the following:

An introduction to the accomplishments of women artists throughout history, contributions that are often overlooked in mainstream art history books. The course will survey the entire history of art and will cover female artists who have made a unique, significant contribution to the visual arts.

A study of the history of contemporary art since World War II. The course begins with an overview of modern art and questions the definitions of art, modernity, and self-expression. Students will learn about the earliest contemporary art, such as Abstract Expressionism and Pop, and then rapidly move through the wide variety of movements and theories that replaced them. The course will question the theoretical basis of contemporary art and examine current issues of our post-modern artistic period.

This course is a survey of American art that examines those works and artists that represent the major aspects, trends, qualities, and attitudes revealed in the development of American architecture, painting, sculpture and some other arts from early colonial times to the present, and that suggest the continuing variety of American art. To these ends, the course also will include the art of Native Americans and art that demonstrates America’s cultural diversity.

Studio Art, 15 credits:

A development of the concepts of awareness and perception of form in nature, in the drawings of major artists, in one’s personal life experience and in that coming from diverse cultures. Both a disciplined set of skills and imagination are emphasized. Students use basic drawing tools and materials to apply knowledge of composition with line, value, texture, space relationships, perspective, and the emotional quality of drawing. A studio-intensive course in drawing that will focus on awareness and perception of forms in nature and developing skills needed to render such forms on paper. This is a required course for all art majors. Previous art experience is recommended.

A study of design theory, its evolution, and the elements and principles of design. To apply the theory, students create two-dimensional designs in a variety of media. Fundamental visual communication methods are studied and applied. This is a required course for all art majors, and a preferred art core course for communication majors. Previous art experience is recommended.

Prerequisites:

An introduction to basic painting concepts through varied media: pastels, watercolors, oils, and/or acrylics. Students examine techniques, color theory, composition and the application of these by the masters. They will explore a variety of approaches to painting and use a creative process in expressing ideas in paint.

Service-learning is a credit-bearing educational experience in which students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs and reflects upon the service activity in order to gain a fuller understanding of the course content. Through the service-learning experience the expressive art student acquires a broader appreciation of the application of the arts and their therapeutic value both for themselves and a designated population from the greater community. Service-learning draws upon a partnership with a community organization allowing the student to experience a collaborative “hands on” application of course objectives in a practical setting.

Prerequisites:

An advanced drawing class focusing on figure drawing and construction, stressing anatomy and form. The study of anatomy will be part of the basis for understanding the human figure. The class will have sustained drawing projects. A concise review of the role of figure study from a historical perspective will also be included.

3 credits from the following:

Prerequisites:

A studio course exploring three-dimensional form in space and its history. Students first develop awareness of such forms in space, and then perceptual and technical skills in bringing together ideas and materials in three-dimensional form.

Prerequisites:

A studio course exploring the medium of clay and its history. Students learn the methods of constructing three-dimensional forms in clay through hand-building techniques, as well as decorating and glazing their forms. Wheel-throwing techniques are presented for those wishing to experiment, but are not required.

Graphic Arts, 16–18 credits:

This studio course develops core concepts and skills in graphic design, technology, and file management while engaging in projects that utilize industry-standard computer applications. Students will focus on compositions that integrate text and image into vehicles of effective communication. The course will examine the role of the computer in art and graphic design, and foster insights into design theory. This is a required course for all art majors, and a preferred art core course for communication majors. Previous art experience is recommended.

Prerequisites:

An advanced course focusing on the use of the computer as a tool for creating images and graphics. Provides a basic understanding and use of electronic still cameras, image scanners, and image processing computer software. Students will learn to use input and output devices to capture, manipulate, and transmit photographic images. The class will have hands-on work sessions and sustained imaging projects using Adobe Photoshop. A concise review of the role of computer as a graphic imaging tool and the ethics of image manipulation will also be included.

Prerequisites:

A course exploring the use of the computer in drawing and illustration. Students will learn the basic techniques of computer-aided rendering, layout, and design. The history of traditional illustration and design, and its relationship to digital techniques, will be examined.

Prerequisites:

A course building on visual literacy and composition, focusing on the understanding and use of the camera in photography and filmmaking. A brief history of photography is also included.

Prerequisites:

This course will focus on advanced communication design projects involving web development and multimedia authoring. It will introduce HTML code and HTML design applications used in the graphic arts. Insights will be gained into non-linear design and animated graphics.

Students earn academic credit for internship work experiences as they test career choices, improve work skills and establish professional contacts. These experiences ultimately serve to directly tie students’ academic coursework to non-academic professional experiences.

3 credits from the following:

Prerequisites:

An intense investigation and exploration of skills and techniques involving the creative process in design. Learning instruments including research, application, discussion, criticism and reflection culminate in a course portfolio.

ART Graphic Arts elective

Other program requirements, 18 credits:

ART Art elective

This course introduces students to the principles of writing news in text from for web-based publications and as scripts to be used in broadcast-style reports via the web, television or radio. In addition to news, public relations writing – in the form of news releases and public service announcements (PSAs) – and advertising writing is covered.

The course introduces students to the use of computer programs for desktop publishing. Students design and produce various documents, including brochures, newsletters, etc. A thorough understanding of the elements of good design is stressed in the course through the application of both analytical and hands-on skills.

Prerequisites:

ENG 105 Expository Writing, ENG 230 Professional Comp. & Research Writing, or appropriate English placement test score

A general overview of the scope and significance of marketing both domestically and internationally. The course emphasizes the marketing of consumer and industrial goods and analysis of the marketing mix variables of product, price, promotion and place. It introduces marketing policies and practices of business firms.

Prerequisites:

A broadly based view of advertising principles and their application to an organization. Topics include advertising agencies, advertising planning and strategy development, understanding available media alternatives, media planning and buying, creating advertising, and the integration of advertising with other elements of the marketing communications mix (e.g. promotions, public relations, personal selling and direct marketing).

This course introduces the basic concepts of computer technology, the use of integrated microcomputer software, and the role of information technology in a wide range of professions. The first half of the course covers basic information on computer components and peripherals, as well as foundation concepts in using the Internet as a research tool, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. The remainder of the course is divided into modules focusing on computer software used in a range of professional endeavors, such as education, publishing, marketing, programming, and graphic arts.

0 credits:

A requirement featuring exhibition attendance as fulfillment of an Art Major requirement. Students must attend and show evidence of at least one art exhibition per year as a pre-art or art major. Course grade is determined by satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

A requirement featuring exhibition attendance as fulfillment of an Art Major requirement. Students must attend and show evidence of at least one art exhibition per year as a pre-art or art major. Course grade is determined by satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

A requirement featuring exhibition attendance as fulfillment of an Art Major requirement. Students must attend and show evidence of at least one art exhibition per year as a pre-art or art major. Course grade is determined by satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

A requirement featuring exhibition attendance as fulfillment of an Art Major requirement. Students must attend and show evidence of at least one art exhibition per year as a pre-art or art major. Course grade is determined by satisfactory or unsatisfactory.

Mission:

The Graphic Arts Program prepares students for the diverse opportunities in the field of graphic arts. Students are encouraged to develop a consistent body of work and define a personal style. That development, in part, is elicited by frequent group discussions of a design work’s aesthetic merits. Class projects advance a student’s presentation skills in order to develop an attractive portfolio primed for their career objectives. Their university career culminates with an internship experience.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will gain proficiency on industry standard design software.
  • Students will be able to learn to adapt to the changing landscape of available design software.
  • Students will acquire knowledge of the elements and principles of design.
  • Students will be able to apply the elements and principles of design.
  • Students will be able to critically think about and create solutions for the design projects they encounter.
  • Students will gain analogue design skills and integrate them with their digital skills.
  • Students will understand the requirements of publication in print and digital formats.
  • Students will be able to communicate their ideas to a client or coworker.
  • Students will apply their skills to real world applications.

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 Graphic Arts Program is expanding and developing as demand for expertise in this field continues to grow in many industries and enterprises.

In 2014-15, students in courses offered in the Graphic Arts Program demonstrated the following learning outcomes:
Knowledge Acquisition: 88.3% of students assessed (N=37) meet or exceed expectations.
Critical Thinking: 87.3% of students (N=47) meet or exceed expectations.
Effective Communication: 88.0% of students (N=50) meet or exceed expectations.
Global Perspectives: 79.3% of students (N=29) meet or exceed expectations.

During their final year, students’ internships give them hands-on professional experiences, preparing them for career opportunities. They have the opportunity to apply their skills and the knowledge they have accumulated as learning outcomes on practical projects.

Employment: 100% of graduates are employed within six months of graduation from the Graphic Arts Program.

Students in the Graphic Arts Program have held internships at the following organizations:

  • JJ Keller & Assoc. Inc., Neenah, Wisconsin
  • Agnesian Healthcare, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Duluth Trading Company, Belleville, Wisconsin
  • EAA, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • BCI Burke Company, LLC, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Klapperich Real Estate, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
  • Willems Marketing, Inc., Appleton, Wisconsin
  • Gueller’s Photography, Mt. Calvary, Wisconsin
  • 4imprint, Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Marian University, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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.

Minimum GPA of 3.25 in major courses required

Upon graduation, dedicated Graphic Arts graduates have become employed in design roles at various businesses including: Wisnet.com LLC, Nancy’s Notions, 4imprint, J.J. Keller & Assoc. Inc., Ripon Printers, and Prestwick Golf Group.

Thomas Wallestad

Tom Wallestad, M.F.A.
Associate Professor
Art Department
920.923.8593
TWallestad@marianuniversity.edu

 

Mark-Merline

Mark Merline, M.F.A.
Associate Professor & Chair
Art Department
920.923.8738
mmerline@marianuniversity.edu

 

Leah Klapperich

Leah Klapperich
Assistant Professor & Director of Art Therapy
Art Department
920.923.8928
lklapperich@marianuniversity.edu

Deborah Bartlelt, M.S.
Part-time per Course Faculty
Art Department
920.923.8766
dabartelt91@marianuniversity.edu

Shane McAdams, M.F.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty
Art Department
920.923.8766
stmcadams50@marianuniversity.edu

Anna Pagnucci, M.F.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty
Art Department
920.923.8766
apagnucci83@marianuniversity.edu

Lora Vahlsing, M.F.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty
Art Department
920.923.8766
ljvahlsing24@marianuniversity.edu

Michael Wartgow, M.F.A.
Part-time per Course Faculty
Art Department
920.923.8766
mawartgow00@marianuniversity.edu

Tami DeLisle, M.S.
Part-Time per Course Faculty
Art Department
920.923.8766
Tjdelisle31@marianuniversity.edu

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.

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For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission
920.923.7650
admission@marianuniversity.edu

Mark Merline, M.F.A.
Associate Professor & Chair
Art Department
920.923.8738
mmerline@marianuniversity.edu