Academics

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

I attempt to give them a lot of what they might need to know in the professional design world, but only they can uncover the path to finding who they are as an artist and designer.
Robert Conlon
Associate Professor of Art
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  • About: Graphic Design
  • Meet the Faculty
  • Career Opportunities
  • The Arts Scholarship Days

Siena Heights University Graphic Design students are considered artists, and are encouraged to approach design as an artistic endeavor. The graphic design major encourages students to integrate their own personal and cultural values into their visual communication designs.

Scanners, graphic tablets, and large format inkjets are also part of the digital experience. Students also have use of traditional studio settings, including photography and printmaking.


The goal of the program is to provide students with a mastery of the creative process and the tools necessary to produce an advanced portfolio which will include print, web and time-based media. The investigation of visual culture theory and the history of graphic design introduce students to the historical and critical perspective of the profession, providing a solid background from which to begin their own design journey.

Near the end of the program, students will take the required Portfolio and Senior Exhibition courses and prepare a resume and other materials for employment, exhibit opportunities and graduate school. Finally, the program culminates in an internship, a gallery show and portfolio presentation teaching students the practical skills needed to enter the professional field of graphic design with confidence.

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AT A GLANCE

The program utilizes state-of-the-art Macintosh computers and the latest software, including the Adobe Creative Suite, as well as an array of high-end black-and-white and color printers.
Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED
Required Credit Hours 27Semester Hours
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Required Credit Hours 40Semester Hours
Course Type ART HISTORY
Required Credit Hours 12Semester Hours
Art and Design History Courses
Course Type COGNATE
Required Credit Hours 9Semester Hours
Course Type LIBERAL ARTS
Required Credit Hours 2223Semester Hours
Course Type ELECTIVES
Required Credit Hours 910Semester Hours
Total for major
119121Semester Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name Advanced Fiction Workshop
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name American Sign Language I
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name American Sign Language II
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Business Communications
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Cultural Anthropology
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name History of the Mass Media
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Ethics
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Sociology
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Marketing Principles/Cases
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Rhetoric
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Theological Ethics
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Web Development
Course Type COGNATE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name History of Graphic Design
Course Type COGNATE ART HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Visual Culture
Course Type COGNATE ART HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name American Art
Course Type DESIGN DESIGN HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Ancient Art
Course Type DESIGN DESIGN HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Early Twentieth-Century Art
Course Type DESIGN DESIGN HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Film Study and Analysis
Course Type DESIGN DESIGN HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name History of Photography
Course Type DESIGN DESIGN HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Late Twentieth-Century Art
Course Type DESIGN DESIGN HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Non-Western Topics
Course Type DESIGN DESIGN HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Renaissance To Modern Art
Course Type DESIGN DESIGN HISTORY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Portfolio
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Senior Exhibition
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 1
Course Name Speech Communication
Course Type ELECTIVES
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Corporate Identity
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Information Design
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Integrative Design
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Internship
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Graphic Design
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Video
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Publication Design
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Typography
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name User Experience/User Interface Design
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Advanced Sculptural Ceramics
Course Type STUDIO CERAMICS
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Ceramics: Mixed Media
Course Type STUDIO CERAMICS
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Integrated Ceramics
Course Type STUDIO CERAMICS
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Intermediate Wheel Throwing
Course Type STUDIO CERAMICS
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Wheel Throwing
Course Type STUDIO CERAMICS
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Sculpural Ceramics
Course Type STUDIO CERAMICS
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Advanced Digital Art
Course Type STUDIO DIGITAL
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Digital Art
Course Type STUDIO DIGITAL
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Web Design I
Course Type STUDIO DIGITAL
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Web Design II
Course Type STUDIO DIGITAL
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Painting
Course Type STUDIO PAINTING
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Painting & Drawing: Collage to Installation
Course Type STUDIO PAINTING
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Painting & Drawing: Color Issues and Abstraction
Course Type STUDIO PAINTING
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Painting & Drawing: Integration
Course Type STUDIO PAINTING
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Painting & Drawing: Life Study
Course Type STUDIO PAINTING
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Painting & Drawing: Style
Course Type STUDIO PAINTING
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Advanced Photography
Course Type STUDIO PHOTOGRY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Alt Photographic Processes
Course Type STUDIO PHOTOGRY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Intermediate Photography
Course Type STUDIO PHOTOGRY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Intro to Film-Based Photography
Course Type STUDIO PHOTOGRY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Photo Integration
Course Type STUDIO PHOTOGRY
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Advanced Prints and Books I
Course Type STUDIO PUBLICATION
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Advanced Prints and Books II
Course Type STUDIO PUBLICATION
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Advanced Prints and Books III
Course Type STUDIO PUBLICATION
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Advanced Prints and Books IV
Course Type STUDIO PUBLICATION
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Intermediate Prints and Books
Course Type STUDIO PUBLICATION
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Relief Printing & Screenprinting
Course Type STUDIO PUBLICATION
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Sculpture
Course Type STUDIO SCUL/MET
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Jewelry Making II: Metal Casting
Course Type STUDIO SCUL/MET
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Sculpt: Metal Forming & Welding
Course Type STUDIO SCUL/MET
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Sculpture/Ceramics Integrative Studies II
Course Type STUDIO SCUL/MET
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Sculpture/Metalsmithing III: Experimental Sculpture
Course Type STUDIO SCUL/MET
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Sculpture/Metalsmithing IV: Form and Materials
Course Type STUDIO SCUL/MET
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Sculpture/Metalsmithing V: Found Objects and Surface Design
Course Type STUDIO SCUL/MET
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Foundations I: Core Concepts
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Foundations II: Core Concepts
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Foundations III:Drawing Concepts
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Foundations IV:Digital Concepts
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Intro to Digital Photography
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Book Arts
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Ceramics
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Printmaking
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Jewelry Making I
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Materials & Methods - Strategies
Course Type SUPPORTIVE
Credit Hours 3

Meet the Graphic Design faculty members.

Associate Professor of Art
Art
Adrian
517-264-7864
Assistant Professor of Art
Art
517-264-7866

Learn about the career opportunities you can have with a degree in Graphic Design.

Employment opportunities for Graphic Design graduates are found in virtually all types of business. Some examples are:

  • Advertising
  • Automobile Industry
  • Broadcast Media
  • Communications
  • Document Management
  • Healthcare Industry
  • Loan Industry
  • Marketing
  • Print and Digital Media
  • Printing and Publishing

Graduates who decide to go on to graduate school for further study are being admitted to top-ranked schools, including:

  • Alfred University
  • University of Michigan
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of Arizona
  • Syracuse University
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Bowling Green State University

Arts Scholarship Days

Siena Heights University conducts Arts Scholarship Days for prospective students.

High school seniors and transfer students who would like to major in 
music, art or theater or perform in the choir, band, marching band, orchestra or jazz band can schedule an audition or portfolio review and campus visit during Arts Scholarship Days @ Siena. Scholarships will be awarded to qualifying students. In addition to their audition or portfolio review, students may have the opportunity to meet with current scholarship recipients over lunch, have an individual meeting with Admissions Counselor and enjoy a campus tour.

Pre-registration is required.

Check back for the 2018 dates!

Additional Info

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.
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