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Graphic Design Major Map

Campus: West Virginia University / Morgantown
College/School: College of Creative Arts
Pathways: Visual and Performing Arts, Business and Communications

Our immersive art experience combines a small studio environment with the resources of a major research university. You’ll get the skills, theory and aesthetic practice you’ll need for a career in the ever-evolving field of graphic design.

Academics

Fall
  • ART 111 Drawing 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • ART 121 Visual Foundations 1 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • ARHS 120 Survey of Art History 1 Exclamation Point
    3
  • ART 191 First-Year Seminar - Creative Arts
    2
  • ENGL 101 Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
17
Spring
  • ART 112 Drawing 2 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • ART 122 Visual Foundations 2 Exclamation Point A C in this course suggests you'll successfully complete this major.
    3
  • ARHS 160 Survey of Art History 2 Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    4
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
16
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar
  • Participate in Adventure WV's Sophomore Outdoor Adventure Re-orientation (SOAR) program
  • Find people from class/es who live in your residence hall and review class with them
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your first year you should:

  • Eat a pepperoni roll
  • Take a hike, bike or go rock climbing at Coopers Rock State Forest
  • Challenge yourself to meet members of your residence hall community
  • Consult Off-Campus Housing to find an apartment for your sophomore year
  • Attend Monday Night Lights

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your first year you should:

  • Ask your RA questions about succeeding at the University
  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Participate in an alternative spring break
  • Donate surplus items from your room before leaving for home
  • Join a student organization

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your first year you should:

  • Exercise daily
  • Complete AlcoholEdu Part 2
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Visit campus farmers market
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your first year you should:

  • Complete the financial literacy course
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Get a job on campus at the residence hall desk or a dining hall
  • Attend a career fair
  • Take a writing or communications class

Academics

Fall
  • ART 211 Figure Drawing
    3
  • ART 223 Introduction to Graphic Design Exclamation Point
    3
  • ART 232 Photography Exclamation Point
    3
  • ENGL 102 Composition, Rhetoric, and Research Exclamation Point
    3
  • ARHS 406 Graphic Design History
    3
15
Spring
  • ART 212 Multi Media
    3
  • ART 224 Graphic Design 2 Exclamation Point
    3
  • ART 234 Digital Photography Exclamation Point
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • ARHS 200/300/400-level Elective
    3
15
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Get a Success Coach from Student Life Office of Student Success or in your college
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • International students: Meet one-on-one with an immigration adviser
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your second year you should:

  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend a sporting event that you have never seen before
  • Attend a Sophomore/Junior Year Experience trip or event
  • Find the mice in Stewart Hall
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your second year you should:

  • Participate in an Adventure WV international adventure
  • Participate in the Friends of International Students Program
  • Study Abroad (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Join a student organization
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your second year you should:

  • Rent a bike and go for a ride on the rail trail
  • Exercise daily
  • Participate in liveWELL programs
  • Make your own decisions about drinking and do the WELLWVU CHOICES toolkit program
  • Use your resources: learn about all your health-related needs at well.wvu.edu

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your second year you should:

  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Undergraduate research (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Service learning (complete 30 hours per semester and one major experience outside the classroom)
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)

Academics

Fall
  • ART 323 Graphic Design 3 Exclamation Point
    1-12
  • ART 328 Advanced Typography
    3
  • ART 200-level Elective
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • Elective
    3
13
Spring
  • ART 323 Graphic Design 3 Exclamation Point
    1-12
  • ART 325 Design for Web and Screen
    3
  • ART or ARHS 200/300/400-level Elective
    6
  • Elective
    3
13
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • International upperclassmen: Mentor new international students
  • Complete the Campus Read
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your third year you should:

  • Attend a student or faculty performance at the Creative Arts Center
  • Attend an Outdoor Rec Center weekend trip
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Visit the West Virginia and Regional History Center in the Downtown Library
  • Attend a football game

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your third year you should:

  • Develop fundraising skills in a student organization
  • Be a reporter for The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM
  • Create a culture of well-being with a WELLWVU academic internship
  • Reach out and volunteer in the Morgantown community
  • Attend the Festival of Ideas

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your third year you should:

  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Use the WELLWVU HeartMath Lab
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Become a level 2 Bystander Trainer Foo
  • Make a healthy smoothie with the Student Wellness Ambassador Team

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your third year you should:

  • Internship (complete one major experience outside the classroom)
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Consider graduate or professional school
  • Become a leader in your club sport team

Academics

Fall
  • ART 324 Graphic Design 4 Exclamation Point
    1-9
  • ART 425 Graphic Design: Senior Project
    3
  • ART or ARHS 200/300/400-level Elective
    6
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
13
Spring
  • ART 324 Graphic Design 4 Exclamation Point
    1-9
  • ART 425 Graphic Design: Senior Project
    3
  • General Education Foundations Course
    3
  • ART or ARHS 200/300/400-level Elective
    3
10
Exclamation Point Critical Course A Icon B Icon C Icon Success marker (try to get the grade indicated)

This plan of study is for the 2017-18 academic year. Official plans of study are in the undergraduate course catalog (see archived catalogs for previous years).
  • Learn how sleep impacts academic success
  • Join The Daily Athenaeum or WWVU-FM staff to learn how to publish a newspaper, write articles, create radio shows, and report news and sports
  • Earn at least 15 credits per semester
  • Be the last person to leave the library from studying
  • Attend a SORTS (Students On the Road To Success) seminar

The Mountaineer Experience

Clubs, sports and leadership roles will make your résumé standout. We'll help you find the right ones for your goals. During your fourth year you should:

  • Take a picture in front of Woodburn Hall with your graduation attire
  • Attend Spring Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend WVUp All Night
  • Attend Fall Family Weekend with your family
  • Attend the Mountaineer Send-Off

You're a citizen of the world, and your potential is endless with study abroad, volunteering and other experiences to add to your résumé. During your fourth year you should:

  • Attend a multicultural, international or diversity program
  • Participate in a fraternity and sorority accreditation program
  • Join a student organization
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in student organizations
  • Participate in leadership development opportunities in Greek Life

Health and Wellness

Eating right, staying well and working toward your fitness goals will keep you on track. During your fourth year you should:

  • Visit the Student Rec Center
  • Use exercise for mental well-being in Movement for Mental Health
  • Stay active with moveWELL, the Student Rec Center and Outdoor Rec Center
  • Attend a WELLWVU Try It event
  • Learn how to de-stress at chillFEST

Career and Professional Development

You'll be prepared for internships, competitions and conferences — where you’ll make connections and gain vital experience to land the big offer. During your fourth year you should:

  • Participate in a practice job interview session
  • Become a student-leader in at least one organization
  • Submit your resume to Career Services
  • International students: Explore optional practical training (12 to 29 months work experience in the U.S.)
  • Sign up for an interview

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