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Graphic Design Major

The graphic design major at Cabrini University is designed to prepare today’s students for the graphic design workplace of tomorrow.

The professional Apple computer labs allow students hands-on experience using the same equipment and software found in professional design studios around the world.

The combination of print, web, and multimedia design courses allow our students the unique opportunity to explore the future of graphic design utilizing the latest technology.

Internships provide an opportunity for graphic design students to explore career options, obtain work experience, and gain college credit for experiential learning.

Design theory and technology balanced with Cabrini’s liberal arts education prepare students to compete in a competitive business environment.

Requirements for the Major in Graphic Design
(all courses 3 credits unless noted)

  • GRA 205 - Computer Graphics
  • GRA 210 - Digital Imaging
  • GRA 215 - Typography
  • GRA 250 -Graphic Design Career Development (1 credit)
  • GRA 253 - Computer Publication Design
  • GRA 305 - Digital Color Theory
  • GRA 225 - User Interface Design
  • GRA 275 - Web Design I
  • GRA 312 - Web Design II
  • GRA 318 - Graphic Design I
  • GRA 319 - Graphic Design II
  • GRA 325 - Web Design III
  • GRA 405 - Web Design IV
  • GRA 408 - Graphic Design III
  • GRA 450 - Graphic Design Internship
  • GRA 409 - Graphic Design IV
  • GRA 475 - Portfolio Preparation and Exhibition (2 credits)

Related Field Requirements

  • FNA 201- Art History I
  • FNA 203 - Art History II
  • FNA 215 - Drawing I
  • FNA 315 - Drawing II
  • Electives 

Total Credits for Major: 60

Special Requirements

  • Students must declare their major/minor no later than the beginning of the sophomore year. 
  • Students are required to take courses in the sequence listed above.
  • No course with a grade lower than 'C-' will count toward the major.
  • All majors must present a professional portfolio of work to satisfy the requirements for graduation.

Transfer Students Requirements

  • To receive transfer credits, transfer students are required to present at least two portfolio pieces per class for third- and fourth-year courses.
  • Credit for GRA: Portfolio Preparation is not transferable.

Learning Outcomes
Graphic Design majors will:

  • demonstrate critical thinking and research techniques as a part of the visual problem solving method of creativity
  • understand the principles and elements of design and demonstrate the ability of specific areas of design, layout, typography, pre-press, and printing
  • demostrate the ability to use the appropriate computer technology in the creation of design projects
  • create a professional graphic design portfolio of 10–12 projects that demostrate effective design solutions
  • demonstrate the ability to articulate concept intention and construction of meaningful images through written or oral communication
  • understand relevant and ethical practices as they apply to the graphic design profession

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