Paier College of Art, Hamden, CT

Graphic Design

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Graphic Design field utilizes artists who can apply their skills to the selling of products and services. This field is characterized by a constant need for creative freshness in visual communication techniques brought on by the proliferation of consumer products and services, cyclical changes in fashion and style, and the worldwide growth of communication technology. Students of Graphic Design are confronted with the need to develop heightened sensitivity to color, design, graphic production techniques, and a broad vocabulary of imagery.

The program in Graphic Design balances the complementary facets of creative discipline and contemporary perceptions with studies in necessary techniques such as computer graphics, typography, lettering, layout, principles of advertising and marketing, package design, photographic applications, and graphic production. They are then applied to such arenas as television, corporate identity, media advertising, promotional pamphlets, brochures and packaging, technical illustration, and sign graphics. Students who complete the Graphic Design program may free-lance their skills, or be employed on a salaried basis in corporate or other business sectors.

Independent design studios, advertising agencies, publishing houses, government agencies, and industrial corporations are examples of those that seek the services of free-lance and staff graphic designers. Their design services vary from in-house projects to public need, and run the visual gamut from graphic budget presentations (e.g., graphs, charts, illustration) to concepts in traffic management or packaging of industrial products. In addition, knowledge of graphic production processes may lead interested Paier graduates into areas of sales and management, or may make them attractive candidates for various design training programs offered by large printing firms or film studios. Their beginning roles will depend upon the size of the organization that they join, or the nature of their free-lance work. However, their developed skills and knowledge should allow them to advance competently to increasingly more complex professional work.


Graphic Design Programs:

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design| Diploma in Graphic Design | Certificate in Graphic Production

 

Bachelor of Fine Art Degree in Graphic Design
Foundation Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
FO111 Drawing I 3/5/75
AH105 History of Western Art I 3/3/45
FO131 Painting I: Oil 3/5/75
AS101 English I 3/3/45
Social Science Elective 3/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 15/19/285
     
FO110 Color/Design 3/5/75
FO112 Drawing II 3/5/75
FO121 Lettering 2/3/45
FO132 Painting II: Oil 3/5/75
AS102 English II 3/3/45
Academic Elective 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 17/24/360
Foundation Year Totals 32/43/645
Second Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
GD201 Advertising Design I 2/3/45
PH101 Black & White Photography I 3/5/75
GD224 Concept Rendering 2/3/45
GD240 Graphic Design I 2/3/45
CG360 Intro to Computer Graphics 2/3/45
GD229 Typography 2/3/45
AS231 Mathematical Ideas (Math Req.) 3/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 16/23/345
     
GD202 Advertising Design II 2/3/45
PH102 Black & White Photography II 3/5/75
GD241 Graphic Design II 2/3/45
GD233 Graphic Production 3/5/75
AH106 History of Western Art II 3/3/45
AS205 Introduction to Philosophy (Human. Req.) 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 16/22/330
Second Year Totals 32/45/675


Third Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
GD301 Advertising Design III 2/3/45
CG380 Computer Page Layout 2/3/45
GD340 Graphic Design III 2/3/45
GD317 Package Design: Materials 2/3/45
IL327 The Figure in Advertising I 2/3/45
AH305 History of Modern Art 3/3/45
Elective(s) 4/6/90
  Fall Semester Totals 17/24/360
     
GD302 Advertising Design IV 2/3/45
AS250 Business Practices 2/2/30
GD341 Graphic Design IV 2/3/45
CG260 Photo Digital Imaging 2/3/45
IL328 The Figure in Advertising II 2/3/45
AS210 General Psychology 3/3/45
AS267 Effective Speaking (Human. Elec.) 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 16/20/300
  Third Year Totals 33/44/660


Fourth Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
GD403
Advertising Portfolio I
2/3/45
GD411 Art Direction I
3/4/60
CG361 Multimedia 2/3/45
GD421 Publication Design I
2/3/45
GD388

Web Page Design I

2/3/45
AS355 Intro. to Biology (Phys. Sci. Req.) 3/3/45
Elective 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 16/20/300
     
GD404 Advertising Portfolio II 2/3/45
GD412 Art Direction II 3/4/60
CG371 Computer Drawing 2/3/45
GD422 Publication Design II 2/3/45
GD389

Web Page Design II

2/3/45
AH406 History of Contemp. Art 3/3/45
  Physical Science Elective (Physical Sci. Req) 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 17/22/330
  Fourth Year Totals 33/44/660
  Program Totals 130/176/2640
SH represents Semester Hours (credits) per semester
CHW represents Clock Hours (contact time) per week
CHS represents Clock Hours per semester (15 Weeks)

Total Semester Hours: 130
184 Total Clock Hours x 15 weeks
per semester: 2640

 
Diploma in Graphic Design
Foundation Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
FO111 Drawing I 3/5/75
FO131 Painting I: Oil 3/5/75
AS101 English I 3/3/45
AH105 History of Western Art I 3/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 12/16/240
     
FO100 Color/Design 3/5/75
FO112 Drawing II 3/5/75
FO121 Lettering 2/3/45
FO132 Painting II: Oil 3/5/75
FO141 Three-Dimensional Design 2/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 13/21/315
Foundation Year Totals 25/37/555

Second Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
GD201 Advertising Design I 2/3/45
PH101 Black & White Photography I 3/5/75
GD224 Concept Rendering 2/3/45
GD240 Graphic Design I 2/3/45
CG360 Intro to Computer Graphics 2/3/45
GD229 Typography 2/3/45
  Elective 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 15/23/345
     
GD202 Advertising Design II 2/3/45
GD241 Graphic Design II 2/3/45
GD233 Graphic Production 3/5/75
AS102 English II 3/3/45
AH106 History of Western Art II 3/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 13/17/255
Second Year Totals 28/40/600


Third Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
GD301 Advertising Design III 2/3/45
CG380 Computer Page Layout 2/3/45
GD340 Graphic Design III 2/3/45
GD317 Package Design: Materials 2/3/45
IL327 The Figure in Advertising I 2/3/45
Elective 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 12/18/270
     
GD302 Advertising Design IV 2/3/45
PH102 Black & White Photography II 3/5/75
AS250 Business Practices 2/2/30
GD341 Graphic Design IV 2/3/45
CG260 Photo Digital Imaging 2/3/45
IL328 The Figure in Advertising II 2/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 13/19/285
  Third Year Totals 25/37/555

Fourth Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
GD403
Advertising Portfolio I
2/3/45
GD411 Art Direction I
3/4/60
CG361 Multimedia 2/3/45
GD421 Publication Design I
2/3/45
GD388

Web Page Design I

2/3/45
Elective 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 13/19/285
     
GD404 Advertising Portfolio II 2/3/45
GD412 Art Direction II 3/4/60
CG371 Computer Drawing 2/3/45
GD422 Publication Design II 2/3/45
GD389

Web Page Design II

2/3/45
Elective 2/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 13/19/285
  Fourth Year Totals 26/38/570
  Program Totals 104/152/2280
SH represents Semester Hours (credits) per semester
CHW represents Clock Hours (contact time) per week
CHS represents Clock Hours per semester (15 Weeks)

Total Semester Hours: 104
159 Total Mininum Clock Hours x 15 weeks
per semester: 2280

 
Certificate in Graphic Production
Foundation Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
GD224 Concept Rendering
2/3/45
GD233 Intro to Computer Graphics 2/3/45
AH105 Typography 2/3/45
  Fall Semester Totals 6/9/135
     
FO100 Color/Design 3/5/75
GD233 Graphic Production 3/5/75
CG260 Photo Digital Imaging 2/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals 8/13/195
Foundation Year Totals 14/22/330

Second Year
NO. COURSES SH/CHW/CHS
GD201 Advertising Design I
2/3/45
CG380 Computer Page Layout
2/3/75
CG361 Multimedia Design
2/3/45
CG388 Web Page Design
2/3/45
Fall Semester Totals
8/12/180
   
GD202 Advertising Design II
2/3/45
FO250 Business Practices
2/2/30
GD371 Computer Drawing
2/3/45
  Spring Semester Totals
6/8/120
  Second Year Totals
14/20/300
Program Totals
28/40/630

SH represents Semester Hours (credits) per semester
CHW represents Clock Hours (contact time) per week
CHS represents Clock Hours per semester (15 Weeks)

Total Semester Hours: 28
42 Total Clock Hours x 15 weeks
per semester: 630

Graphic Production Certificate

Certified study in Graphic Production is an undergraduate program incorporating some of the latest and most exciting computer graphic technologies with other required courses in the preparation and production of printed material. Designed to be completed in either three or four semesters, this course of study will provide students, or experienced artists, with the technical knowledge, computer skills, and understanding of the language of the profession necessary to gain employment, or move up, in the printing industry, advertising /marketing field, or corporate communications. Students completing this program, who may wish to go on for further study, can apply the credits toward the Bachelor of Fine Arts, or Diploma Program in Graphic Design