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BA in Graphic and Interactive Design

Program Overview

Interactive and graphic designers have more ways than ever to communicate visually with their audiences. We teach you theories of design as well as a broad range of practical skills—from Design Thinking to industry standard software—that are needed to pursue a successful career in web design, UX/UI, motion graphics, and print and online publishing.

You’ll build a strong foundation in design methods including typography, ideation, prototyping, and development. With small classes, you’ll receive individual attention from your professors, all of whom maintain ties with the professional world that complement their teaching. And you’ll hone your verbal and visual communication skills through group work and presentations. Our curriculum reflects current, real-world practices, and you’ll have the most up-to-date technology and software in several labs for both course work and independent projects. Upon graduation, you’ll have a diverse portfolio of work to show potential employers. 

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Graphic and Interactive Design Curriculum

Course List
University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
Additional courses outside the School of Communications, one of which must be at the 200-level or higher6
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required Graphic and Interactive Design courses
IDD 110Design Research and Methods3
IDD 161Web Design I3
IDD 250Web Design II3
IDD 270Typography I3
IDD 301Motion Graphics I3
IDD 315Mobile Interaction Design3
IDD 410Web Design III3
IDD 480Senior Seminar and Portfolio3
Graphic and Interactive Design Electives 3
Select three of the following with the recommendation of the student’s adviser:9
AR 158
Photography I
AR 258
Photography II
COM 490
Communications Career Internship
CSC 110
Programming and Problem Solving
IDD 200
Special Topics in IDD (as needed)
IDD 210
Graphic Design History
IDD 300
Special Topics in IDD (as needed)
IDD 305
Digital Photography
IDD 370
Typography II
IDD 399/499
Advanced Independent Studio Work in Graphic and Interactive Design
IDD 400
Special Topics in IDD (as needed)
IDD 420
Alternative Interfaces
IDD 440
Motion Graphics II
IDD 490
Minor Courses18
Total Credits120

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.


Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.


Substitutions to this list are permitted with prior approval of the student’s adviser and the director of graphic and interactive design.

Minor Requirement

Students enrolled in the graphic and interactive design program are required to complete a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. This minor can be from any program either within or outside the School of Communications.