GRAPHIC DESIGN

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Curriculum
Total credit hours: 120

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Visual Arts Core Requirements 12
ART 162 Drawing I 3
GRD 110 Graphic Design I (replaces 2-D design for GRD majors) 3
ART 163 3-D Design 3
ART164 4-D Design 3
Visual Arts Elective Explorations (Select Three) 9
PHO 121 Photography I 3
ART 165 Drawing II 3
ART 201 Figure Study 3
ART 261 Printmaking I 3
ART 241 Painting I 3
ART 242 Painting II 3
ART 264 Time Based Media II 3
Graphic Design Major 48
GRD 101 History of Graphic Design I 3
GRD 121 Typography I 3
GRD 200 Portfolio Review 0
GRD 210 Graphic Design II 3
GRD 230 Computer Studio I 3
GRD 231 Computer Studio II 3
GRD 232 Typography II 3
GRD 300 Portfolio Review II 0
GRD 310 Graphic Design III 3
GRD 321 Illustration I 3
GRD 332 Typography III 3
GRD 341 Web Development I 3
GRD 342 Web Development II 3
GRD 343 Web Development III 3
GRD 401 Professional Practices 3
GRD 410 Graphic Design IV 3
GRD 460 Senior Portfolio Development 4
GRD 462 Senior Exhibition 2
Illustration Concentration 12
GRD 321 Illustration I 3
GRD 322 Illustration II 3
Various GRD Electives 3
Web Design Concentration 12
GRD 344 Special Topics in Web Development 3
Various GRD Electives 9
General Education Elective Explorations 9
Various Art History (Level 200 or above) 9
Various General Education Electives 3
Various General Education Electives 3

BFA in Graphic Design
First Year
ART 101 Art Survey I ART 102 Art Survey II
ENG 101 English Composition I ENG 102 English Composition II
GRD 110 Graphic Design I ART 164 4-D Design
ART 162 Drawing I GRD 121 Typography I
ART 163 3-D Design GRD 200 Portfolio Review
General Education Core
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Second Year
GRD 101 History of Graphic Design GRD 210 Graphic Design II
GRD 230 Computer Studio I GRD 231 Computer Studio II
GRD 232 Typography II GRD 300 Portfolio Review II
GRD 321 Illustration I GRD 341 Web Development I
General Education Core Visual Arts Exploration
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Third Year
Third Year
Graphic Design Elective or GRD 322 Illustration II** GRD 310 Graphic Design III
GRD 342 Web Development II GRD 332 Typography III
Graphic Design Elective or General Education Core or Elective GRD 343 Web Development III
General Education Core Graphic Design Elective
General Education Core Visual Arts Exploration
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)
Fourth Year
GRD 401 Professional Practices GRD 460 Senior Portfolio Development
GRD 410 Graphic Design IV GRD 462 Senior Exhibition
Visual Arts Exploration Graphic Design Elective
Graphic Design Elective or GRD 323 Illustration III** or  GRD 344 ST in Development IV*** General Education Core or Elective
General Education Core or Elective General Education Core or Elective
(15 Credit Hours) (15 Credit Hours)

** Required for the Illustration Concentration

***Required for the Web Design Concentration

Although this Plan of Study describes a 4-year completion schedule, full-time students who work while attending the institution, or who for various reasons cannot manage a 15-credit-hours-per-semester workload may alternatively plan to complete the degree program in 4-1/2 or 5 years. A majority of Watkins students have historically made the decision to complete their Plan of Study in 5 years. Since Watkins charges tuition by the credit hour rather than by the semester, the total cost of tuition remains the same regardless of whether the student completes the BFA in 4, 4-1/2, or 5 years.

Visual Arts Core or General Education courses and some Film elective courses may be taken over the summer.

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Graphic Design students have access to three computer labs with state-of-the-art iMac and Mac Pro computers. All of the computers are networked to the Watkins server that allows students backup and transfer capabilities. This provides them with access to all of their project files and materials, regardless of which lab they are working in. Our computer and software resources allow students to master the relevant tools and technologies needed to communicate effectively through print, web, interactive and multimedia design.

Graphic Design Lab

Graphic Design Lab

Computers:

Lab 205 is outfitted with 15 student iMac workstations featuring 27″ 16:9 widescreen LED-backlit glossy displays with 2560px by 1440px resolution, 2.7GHz quad-core processor, 4GB of memory, 1TB hard drive, and a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Tablet. Software: Apple Snow Leopard 10.6.8, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and 4 (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Acrobat), Microsoft Office 2011, and Corel Painter 12. An additional iMac instructor station is connected to an Optoma 1080p high definition overhead projector.

Lab 201 is outfitted with 15 student MacPro workstations featuring 20″ Matte LCD Cinema Display monitors with 1680px x 1050px resolution, 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors, 4GB of memory, a 250 GB hard drive, and a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch Tablet. Software: Apple Leopard 10.5.8, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 and 4 (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Acrobat), and Microsoft Office 2004. An additional iMac instructor station is connected to an Optoma 1080p high definition overhead projector.

Lab 411A is outfitted with 15 student iMac workstations featuring 27″ 16:9 widescreen LED-backlit glossy displays with 2560px by 1440px resolution, 3.2GHz Intel Core i3, 4GB of memory, and a 1TB hard drive. Software: Adobe Creative Suite 4 (Photoshop, InDesign, Flash, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Acrobat), and Microsoft Office 2004.

Scanners:

All graphic design students have access to two Epson Expression 10000 XL scanners with 2400px x 4800px optical resolution, 48-bit color depth, 16-bit grayscale, and 50% to 200% zoom.
Scanning surface for originals up to 12.2 by 17.2 inches. They can also use aFlextight X1 Transparency which provides negative and positive film and transparency scanning.

Printers:

To make sure printed pieces look as professional as possible all students have access to a variety of printers, most of which are networked to the computers in the labs. These printers provide high-quality prints up to 36″ x 48″ (and more) resulting in professional looking mockups for student projects and portfolio pieces.

Canon ImagePress C1+, BW / Color, Letter to 13″ x 19″
Richo AficioMP C4501, BW / Color, Letter, Legal and Tabloid
HP Color LaserJet 5550n, BW / Color, Tabloid
HP Color LaserJet CP4005dn, BW / Color, Letter
LaserJet 5200tn, BW, Letter and Tabloid
Ricoh Aficio MP W2400, BW, 18″ x 24″ to 36″ x 48″ or more
Epson Stylus Pro 9890, Color, Large format 44″
Epson Stylus Pro 9800, Color, Large format
Epson Stylus Pro 7800, Matte Black, Large format

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Not only do the computer labs have the best and newest technologies, but they are also set up in a manner conducive to learning. Instead of setting up desks in rows, the Watkins computer labs have workstations lining the perimeter of the rooms. This makes room for worktables in the center of the rooms where students and professors can gather to discuss projects, review thumbnails and give LCD lectures. The open format rooms also make it easier for teachers to interact with each student, addressing their needs one-on-one.

All graphic design studios provide additional resources in the form of type sample books, Pantone swatch books, design annuals, stock photo books with CDs, magazines, paper samples, and paper swatch books.

Other resources include an extensive periodicals collection in the library, carrying the latest issues of such industry standard publications as Communication Arts and Print, as well as European publications like UK’s Baseline. The graphic design section of the library contains many volumes of books on everything from the history of design to current web design techniques. The library is continually updated with newly released books providing design students with a convenient, valuable resource.

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The Graphic Design program does not require internships but strongly encourages them. Many opportunities are available and we encourage students to take advantage of them. An upper-division graphic design student may complete up to two internships. This is invaluable experience and many placements have led to full-time job opportunities. The following is a partial list of companies that support our program:

Advent

Anderson Design Group

Attik (New York City)

The Buntin Group

CMT

Delevante Creative

DVL

Hammock Publishing

Hatch Show Print

Isle of Printing

Nashville Lifestyles

Prosper Press (San Francisco)

redpepper

Skyline Exhibits

The Tennessean

Travis Foster Illustration

Vanderbilt University Creative Services

Warner Brothers Nashville