Undergraduate Program (BA)

Graphic design

Graphic Design blends the worlds of art, technology and marketing. Graduate with a dynamic, detailed portfolio and the valuable internship experience needed to succeed as competitive, creative designers.

Sample Four-Year Graphic design Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Art 100: Seminar 1
Art 101: 2D Design 3
Art 102: Drawing 3
Core 100 or Theology 111 3
Second Language I 3
Computer Science 170: Computer Science I 3
CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
Art 105: 3D Design 3
Art 142: Graphic Design I 3
English 101 or English 115 3
Core 100 or Theology 111 3
CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II 0
Second Language II 3
Computer Science 180: Computer Science II 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
Art 104: Printmaking I 3
Art 242: Layout & Print Production 3
Art 270: History of Art I 3
English 205 3
Philosophy 100 3
Art 215: Web Design 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Art 342: Package Design 3
Art 214: Technology for Artists 3
Art 271: History of Art II 3
Arts 493: Internship 3
Philosophy 200: Philosophical Perspectives 3
Theology 200+ Theological Perspectives 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
Art 441: Junior Seminar 3
Art 108: Photo I 3
History of Art Elective 3
Oral Communications Flag 3
Natural Science Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Art 442: Advanced Typography 3
Art 493: Internship 3
Mathematical Perspectives Elective 3
DCR Flag Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Art 315: Advanced Web Design 3
Arts Elective (204 or 208) 3
Art 493: Internship 1
E/RS Flag 3
Quantitative Reasoning Flag 3
Writing Intensive Flag 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
Art 490: Senior Concentration 3
Historical Perspectives Elective 3
Scientific Perspectives Elective 3
General Elective 3
Core 499 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Graphic design major at Xavier:

Technology For Artists (ARTS 214) - Students are introduced to the fundamental technological skills and programs. This class is for both designers and artists in general to prepare them with basic technological skills. Some of these skills include digital creation and manipulation using the latest computer applications. Students learn vector-based design as well as pixel-based technologies. Other technical skills focus on making presentations, creating digital artwork, using digital tablets, archiving projects, scanning and creating multiple-page pdfs.

Web Design (ARTS 215) - An introduction to researching, planning, and producing websites for a range of clients. Students use Photoshop and Dreamweaver to conceive, develop, layout, design, and implement their website and related media. Although these computer applications will be used extensively, emphasis will be on the design and aesthetic aspects of web design. Students will creatively produce a website including considerations of typography, color, branding, and layout.

Printmaking I (ARTS 104) - An introduction to print media in one of the following areas: relief (i.e., collagraph, woodcut, linoleum cut), lithography (stone and plate), intaglio (etching), monotype, or screenprinting. Emphasis is on technical mastery alongside content development, edition printing, print suites, shop etiquette, and personal growth.

100% of Xavier Graphic Design Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Graphic Design Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

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STATE-OF-THE-ART FACILITIES

The Cohen Center is home to spacious and well-equipped studios and an art gallery, which exhibits both professional and emerging artists. Don't worry if your creativity strikes at midnight - the impressive graphic design lab is open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.

GET NOTICED

You'll have the opportunity to take advantage of faculty-mentored, for-credit internships or employment opportunities at museums, magazines, design showrooms, foundations, media groups and other businesses. Mentors are also there every step of the way to review your work and improve your portfolio.

PORTFOLIO FOCUS

After graduation, you'll be well-prepared for any job interview with a dynamic portfolio full of relevant work from your time at Xavier. Each project is designed with your portfolio in mind and allows you to show off a range of skills including innovative thinking, technical knowledge and visual awareness.

Xavier by the numbers

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AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

75,000+

XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

All

ART MAJORS HAVE ACCESS TO PRIVATE STUDIO SPACE

100+

ARTS AND THEATRE ORGANIZATIONS IN CINCINNATI

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