Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design (University Park only) (121 min. credits)

Effective Spring 2016 (last Senate update)

Semester 1

Course DetailsCredits
GD 001S First-Year Seminar in GDNotes for: GD 001S

GD 001S

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
1
GD 101 Thinking Creatively: Defining Problems, Solving Problems, and Generating Ideas in Graphic DesignNotes for: GD 101

GD 101

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
GD 100 (GA) Intro to Graphic DesignNotes for: GD 100

GD 100

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
ENGLISH 015 (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition

ENGL 015

or ENGLISH 030* (GWS) Honors Freshman Composition

ENGL 030 (GWS)

3
IST 110 (GS)Notes for: IST 110 (GS)

IST 110 (GS)

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Natural Science (GN)

Natural Science (GN)

3
Total credits 16

Semester 2

Course DetailsCredits
GD 102 Introductory Design StudioNotes for: GD 102

GD 102

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
GA History of the ArtsNotes for: GA

GA

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Natural Sciences (GN)

Natural Sciences (GN)

3
Quantification (GQ)

Quantification (GQ)

3
Humanities (GH)

Humanities (GH)

3
Total credits 15

Semester 3

Course DetailsCredits
GD 200 Graphic Design StudioNotes for: GD 200

GD 200

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
GD 201 TypographyNotes for: GD 201

GD 201

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
GA History of the ArtsNotes for: GA

GA

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
IST 250 Introduction to Web Design and DevelopmentNotes for: IST 250

IST 250

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
GS

GS

3
Total credits 15

Semester 4

Course DetailsCredits
GD 203 Advanced TypographyNotes for: GD 203

GD 203

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
GD 202W History of GDNotes for: GD 202W

GD 202W

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Photo 200 Photo Studio INotes for: Photo 200

Photo 200

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
IST 256 -Programming for the WebNotes for: IST 256

IST 256

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
GQ

GQ

3
Total credits 15

Semester 5

Course DetailsCredits
GD 300 - Design Photography INotes for: GD 300

GD 300

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
GD 301 Graphic Design Technology INotes for: GD 301

GD 301

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
GN

GN

3
CAS 100

CAS 100

3
Total credits 14

Semester 6

Course DetailsCredits
GD 302 Applied CommunicationNotes for: GD 302

GD 302

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
GD 303 Graphic Design Technology IINotes for: GD 303

GD 303

Requirements for this course
  • # Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.#
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
GD Elective (ie PractiComm)Notes for: GD Elective

GD Elective

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
ENGLISH 202 (GWS) Effective Writing

ENGL 202 (GWS)

3
GH

GH

3
Total credits 17

Semester 7

Course DetailsCredits
GD 400 Time and SequenceNotes for: GD 400

GD 400

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
GD 495 InternshipNotes for: GD 495

GD 495

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

Health and Physical Activity (GHA)

1.5
Elective

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

3
Total credits 14.5

Semester 8

Course DetailsCredits
GD 402 Senior ProblemsNotes for: GD 402

GD 402

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
4
GD Elective (ie Packaging)Notes for: GD Elective

GD Elective

Requirements for this course
  • * Course requires a grade of 'C' of better.*
3
Elective

Elective

3
Elective

Elective

3
GHA

GHA

1.5
Total credits 14.5

Additional Notes

Total minimum credits required:  121

  • GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.
  • US, IL, and US;IL are codes used to designate courses that satisfy University United States/International Cultures requirements.
  • W is the code used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

Program Notes:  

Portfolio Review for Entrance to Major at End of Second Semester

*Effective Fall 2012, all incoming Schreyer Honors College freshmen at University Park will take ENGL/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry GWS designation and replace both ENGL 030 and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits. At the discretion of the college, ENGL/CAS 138T satisfies the first-year seminar requirement.

Change of Major Requirements:  A minimum grade point average of 2.0 and creative solution to a design problem are required. 

Graphic Design Admissions:  http://stuckeman.psu.edu/gd/admissions

 

Legend

# Course is an Entrance-to-Major requirement.
* Course requires a grade of 'C' or better.
† Course satisfies General Education and degree requirements.

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