Graphic + Interactive Design Faculty

Michelle Nelson
Professor

Office: Bliss 4073
Phone: 330.941.1858
E-mail: mnelson@ysu.edu

Graphic + Interactive Design 

The studio art major emphasis, Graphic + Interface Design, provides students with a foundation of critical and creative design processes and prepares them for the profession of graphic and interface design — including careers in identity systems, package design, motion and web design, and creative direction. Based primarily on computer technology, students will investigate new ways of solving complex visual problems and use both print and interactive designs as solutions.

Students take one year of Foundations courses that help them hone fine arts skills in the elements of composition and design. Once students have passed the Freshman Foundations Portfolio Review, they will learn the formal principles, processes, and vocabulary of print and interface design as well as graphic design history. They develop critical thinking skills and visual conceptualization not only through visual design projects but also through writing and speaking about design processes and critical theory. Students may supplement their coursework with community projects, design competitions, and design work in the university community or through an internship.

Students participate in a Junior Portfolio Review as well as Senior Project, which guide and prepare them for working in the profession or furthering their education in graduate school.

To stay current with industry standards in both print and web, the dedicated faculty of Graphic + Interface Design routinely update the curriculum and attend conferences and workshops to pass along inspiration of today’s practices to YSU students. By remaining active in the field of design, our faculty integrate real-world design issues into classroom curriculum and projects. Graphic + Interface Design faculty are actively involved in helping their students find internships in the surrounding area, to gain further community connections and involvement in the field of design.

The faculty take pride in the skills, passion, and accomplishments with which our students graduate, all of which prepare them for a seamless transition into both regional and national design firms and graduate schools.


Contact Information for Department of Art

To learn more about the degree programs, scholarships, exhibitions, faculty, and students, visit art.ysu.edu or contact the Department of Art directly at 330-941-3627. To schedule a campus visit, contact the College Coordinator of Admissions and Recruitment at 330-941-2346.

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COURSE TITLE S.H.
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT -STUDENT SUCCESS
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
General Education Requirements
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics Requirement3
Arts and Humanities (2 courses) Included in major0
Natural Sciences (2 courses, 1 with lab) (7 s.h.)7
Social Science (2 courses)6
Social and Personal Awareness (2 courses)6
Major Requirements
Foundation Courses:
ART 1501Fundamentals of 2D Design3
ART 1502Fundamentals of 3D Design3
ART 1503Foundation Portfolio Review1
ART 1521Foundation Drawing3
ART 1522Intermediate Drawing3
Breadth Courses:
ART 2611Introduction to Sculpture3
ART 2625Introduction to Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief3
or ART 2626 Introduction to Printmaking: Lithography and Screenprinting
ART 2631Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 2650Introduction to Painting3
ART 2674Introduction to Photography3
ART 2691Introduction to Digital Media3
Concentration Courses
ART 2661Print Design 13
ART 3759Interactive Design 13
ART 3760Typography 13
ART 3761Print Design 23
ART 3703Junior Portfolio Review1
ART 4869Interactive Design Studio3
ART 4863Logo + Branding Design3
ART 4802Senior Project3
ART 4803Senior Seminar3
Graphic + Interactive Design Menu *CHOOSE 5 courses:15
Typography 2
Package Design
Publication Design
Typeface Design
Interactive Design Studio (This course may be taken two times and is an optional elective.)
Graphic Design Internship
Motion Design
Illustration
Special Topics in Studio Art
Graphic Design Practicum
Studio Art Elective Options: ART 3712, 3713, 3715, 3721, 3722, 3725, 3732, 3733, 3752, 3757, 3771, 3772, 3792, 3794, 3795, 3796, 3797, 4800, 4801, 4805, 4824, 4834, 4837, 4838, 4851, 4852, 4853, 4871, 4872, 4873, 4874, 4891, 4893, 4894, 4896
Art History and Theory
Choose two 1500 level Art History courses from the following:6
ART1541, ART1542, ART1543, ART1544, ART1545
Choose three additional 3700 level or higher Art History courses from the following:9
ART 3741, 3742, 3743, 3744, 3745, 3746, 3747, 3780, 3781, 3782, 3783, 3784, 3785, 3788, 3789, 4880, 4889, 5840, 5881
Electives to meet 120 hours2
Total Semester Hours120-122


Course List

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
1-2
ART 1501 Fundamentals of 2D Design 3
ART 1521 Foundation Drawing 3
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
Mathematics Requirement 3
 Semester Hours13-15
Spring
ART 1502 Fundamentals of 3D Design 3
ART 1522 Intermediate Drawing 3
ART 1503 Foundation Portfolio Review 1
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
General Education Course 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
ART 2661 Print Design 1 3
ART 2691 Introduction to Digital Media 3
ART 1500 level Art History Course 1. (Choose from: ART 1541, 1542, 1543, 1544, 1545) 3
Art Breadth Course 3
Natural Science Course with lab 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ART 3760 Typography * 3
ART 3759 Interactive Design* 3
Art Breadth Course 3
ART 1500 level Art History Course 1. (Choose from: ART 1541, 1542, 1543, 1544, 1545) 3
General Education Course 3
*Courses are offered in varying fall, spring and summer semesters. Please see graphic design program coordinator for upcoming schedule.  
 Semester Hours15
Year 3
Fall
ART 3761 Print Design 2 (*) 3
ART 3703 Junior Portfolio Review (F/S/X) 1
ART 4869 Interactive Design Studio 3
ART 3700 or higher Art History Course 3
Art Breadth Course 3
General Education Course 3
 
*Courses are offered in varying fall, spring and summer semesters. Please see graphic design program coordinator for upcoming schedule.  
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ART 1 of five electives from G+ID menu 3
ART 1 of five electives from G+ID menu 3
ART 3700 or higher Art History Course 3
Art Breadth Course 3
General Education Course 3
Request a Graduation Evaluation from the CCAC Advising Office, 2310 Bliss Hall, (330) 941-3625 after you have completed 80-85 sh.  
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
ART 4863 Logo + Branding Design (*) 3
ART 1 of five electives from G+ID menu 3
ART 1 of five electives from G+ID menu 3
ART 3700 or higher Art History Course 3
General Education Course 3
*Courses are offered in varying fall, spring and summer semesters. Please see graphic design program coordinator for upcoming schedule.  
 Semester Hours15
Spring
ART 4802 Senior Project 3
ART 4803 Senior Seminar 3
ART 1 of five electives from G+ID menu 3
Art Breadth Course 3
Electives to meet 120 hours 2
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours120-122
 

Learning Outcomes

1.) Students will be able to demonstrate their proficiency of art vocabulary.

2.) Students will be able to demonstrate technical expertise appropriate to their progression in the program relevant to their chosen artistic medium.

3.) Students will be able to demonstrate a high level of content expression appropriate to their progression in the program relevant to their chosen artistic medium.