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ART 115 - History of Graphic Design

Course Description

This course analyzes and evaluates the field of graphic design, typography and visual communications from the earliest written languages through contemporary graphic design practice. The course will help the student develop a visual vocabulary, introduce major design figures and movements, provide a historical context for design thought and practice while emphasizing the design profession as an artistic discipline. The work examined in each era will be discussed in terms of its aesthetic, socio-cultural, economic, political, historical and environmental systems impact.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

Analyze and identify the stylistic distinctions among the various historic design movements.
Explain the techniques and tools used in the various design movements.
Define the technical terms associated with the graphic design industry.
Identify important historical artists and designers that contributed to the various historic design movements.
Identify aesthetic, economic, historical and environmental changes that affected the visual appearance of the various design movements.
Analyze cultural, political, contextual, and stylistic interdependence and differentiation between the diverse regions studied.

College Academic Learning Goal Designation: Global Understanding (GU)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: Prereq: ENG 050 and REA 050 or ENG 099 and REA 075