Graphic Design Communication

A degree in Graphic Design Communication from RWU blends solid communication theory with technical training in graphic arts skills, taught in the campus’ most sophisticated computer labs. Through courses in typography, art direction and brand identity combined with real-world internship experience, you’ll learn the best professional practices to prepare you for a career in the in-demand graphic design field.

Degree Requirements

The Graphic Design Communication Major

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Majors pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design Communication must satisfy the University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. Specific requirements of the program are outlined below. In addition, majors must complete sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives taken outside the major toward a minor or a second major.

Requirements for the Major

Graphic Design Courses:

SubjectNumberTitle
DSGN100Introduction to Graphic Design Communication
DSGN110Introduction to Typography
DSGN200History of Design Communication
DSGN210Advanced Design Communication
Choose 3-300 level or special topics courses:
DSGN300Web Design Communication
DSGN310Brand Identity
DSGN320Publication Design
DSGN430Special Topics in Graphic Design
Note: Students must fulfill all of the above requirements prior to enrollment in DSGN 440
DSGN440Art Direction
DSGN450Portfolio
COOP460Internship

Electives:

Choose one of the two-course sequences below:

Computer Information Systems
SubjectNumberTitle
CIS206Introduction to Web Development
CIS306Web 2.0: Creative Expressive Web Sites
Marketing
SubjectNumberTitle
MRKT200Principles of Marketing
And any 300-level marketing elective
Communication
SubjectNumberTitle
COMM101Introduction to Mass Media
COMM165Introduction to Visual Communication
Anthropology
SubjectNumberTitle
ANTH100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
And any 200-level or above anthropology elective

The Graphic Design Communication Minor

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SubjectNumberTitle
DSGN100Introduction to Graphic Design Communication
DSGN110Introduction to Typography
DSGN200History of Design Communication
ANTH100Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
And two courses chosen from:
DSGN210Advanced Design Communication
DSGN300Web Design Communication
DSGN310Brand Identity
DSGN320Publication Design
DSGN430Special Topics in Graphic Design

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.

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Gaining Experience on Campus

Blair Carroll, RWU Class of 2013 Graphic Design Communication

At Roger Williams, it's not just our academic courses or off-site internship programs that helps us prepare students for a successful life and career.

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