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GRAPHIC DESIGN: PRINT & WEB

Graphic designers communicate information.

Language, type style, imagery and symbols are all vital ingredients to create works that convey critical thought. We provide students with the strategies and techniques to become successful professionals. Coursework covers commercial, cultural, social, historical and technological concepts within a graphic design context.

As the largest area of concentration within the Department of Art, graphic design is a vital component to the program. With roots in both commercial and conceptual thinking, the graphic design faculty members bring diverse expertise, which expand their students’ range of knowledge. Every graphic design student interns with one of many of Louisiana’s outstanding design firms or area businesses.

picture of graphic design student reviewing work in fromt of the class at Nicholls State University

Facilities

Graphic Design Studio, 208 Talbot Hall

The Nicholls graphic design studio has an excellent computer laboratory, filled with the latest in technology available to students, including a sound and video workroom, vinyl cutter, and large display screens with Apple TV for student and visiting artists presentations. Apple workstations contain Adobe Creative Suite. Students can experiment with the latest industry software. We provide Maxon Cinema 4D for our 3D students at no cost for their personal computers.

LuLab

The LuLab is a large format print lab that facilitates the Graphic Design and Printmaking concentrations. The LuLab contains:

2 Workstations
1 Laser Printer
1 Large Format EPSON SURECOLOR P6000

Career Opportunities

  • Advertising
  • Animation
  • Art Direction
  • Brand Strategist
  • Commercial Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Digital Media Artist
  • Greeting Card Designer
  • Magazines and Publishing
  • Promotional Design
  • Technical Illustrato

Job and Internship Links

Graphics/New Media: If you’re seeking a job in graphic design and/or new media, there are many resources to research.

Degree Plans / Courses

Suggested Course Sequence:

YEAR*COURSE NAMECOURSE NUMBERREQUIREMENTCREDIT HRS
1ART201 3
1ART251OCR3
1ART252 3
1ART280GER3
1ART281GER3
1ART282GER3
1ENGL101GER3
1ENGL102GER3
1Freshman Seminar Course UR1
1MATH101 or 117GER3
1MATH Elective GER3
1Natural Sciences Elective GER3
2ART211 3
2ART221 3
2ART231 3
2ART240 3
2ART261 3
2ART296 0
2ART Elective200-level or above 3
2ART Elective300-level or above 3
2Concentration Course  3
2Natural Sciences Elective GER3
2Concentration Course GER3
3Concentration Course  3
3Concentration Course   3
3ART383 3
3Concentration Course  3
3Computer Literacy Elective CLR2
3Concentration Course  3
3Concentration Course  3
3Concentration Course  3
3Natural Sciences Elective GER3
3Concentration Course GER3
4Concentration Course  3
4ART496 3
4Concentration Course  3
4Concentration Course  3
4Concentration Course  3
4Concentration Course  3
4Concentration Course  3
4Concentration Course  3
4Concentration Course GER3
4Concentration Hours  0 – 18
 TOTAL HOURS  120 – 138

*Recommend complete as Freshman (1), Sophomore (2), Junior (3), Senior (4)

Concentration in Print and Web (ARTW)

YRCOURSENOREQHRS
2ART Elective300-level or above 3
2Humanities Elective (non-ART) GER3
2Social Science Elective GER3
2ART301 or 302 3
3ART350 3
3ART355 3
3ART357 3
3ART359 3
3ART Elective300-level or above 3
3Social Science Elective GER3
4ART451 3
4ART452 3
4ART455 3
4ART457 3
4ART384, 386, 480, 481 or 482 3
4ART497 3
4ENGL310, 366 or 368GER3
 TOTAL HOURS CONCENTRATION  51

 

Concentration in Digital Art (ARTD)

YRCOURSENOREQHRS
2ART301 3
2Humanities Elective (non-ART) GER3
2Social Science Elective GER3
3ART302 3
3ART303 3
3ART331 or 341 3
3ART357 3
3ART359 3
3ART Elective300-level or above 3
3Social Science Elective GER3
4ART374 3
4ART376 3
4ART457 3
4ART477 3
4ART384, 386, 480, 481 or 482 3
4ART497 3
4ENGL310, 366 or 368GER3
 TOTAL HOURS CONCENTRATION  51

 

Concentration in Digital Animation and Motion (ARTM)

YRCOURSENOREQHRS
2ART301 3
2Humanities Elective (non-ART) GER3
2Social Science Elective GER3
3ART302 3
3ART357 3
3ART359 3
3ART374 3
3ART375 3
3ART376 3
3Social Science Elective GER3
4ART331 or 341 3
4ART477 3
4ART474 3
4ART457 3
4ART384, 386, 480, 481, or 482 3
4ART497 3
4ENGL310, 366 or 368GER3
 TOTAL HOURS CONCENTRATION  51

 

ART 251. Beginning Design. 3-0-6. Prerequisite: Permission of department head. Design fundamentals. Systematic approaches to creative problem solving in areas of visual organization. [LCCN: CART 1113] (50.0402)

ART 252. Color Design. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 251 and permission of department head. Problems designed to explore theories and effects of color. [LCCN: CART 2303] (50.0701)

ART 254. Graphic Design I. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 251 and permission of department head. Recommended: ART 201 and 261. Translating objects into various graphic styles, letterform design, and introduction to computer graphics. (50.0701)

ART 296. 30-Hour Review. 0-1-0. Prerequisite: Successful completion of 30 hours of art and art history coursework. 30-Hour Portfolio Review and Sophomore Reflection Piece. S or U will be earned upon completion. (50.0701)

ART 350. Web I. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 359 and permission of department head. Comprehensive overview of website mechanics, aesthetic design, and underlying markup languages in the graphic arts. (11.0801)

ART 355. Graphic Design II. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 252 and 254 and permission of department head. Layout techniques, problems in page design, problems in computer graphics. (50.0402)

ART 356. Illustration and Rendering. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 201 and 252 and permission of department head. Advanced techniques in rendering. (50.0402)

ART 357. Digital Art I. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 254 and permission of department head. Practical and aesthetic considerations; innovative solutions in visual communications. (10.0304)

ART 359. Typography I. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 252 and 254 and permission of department head. Studies of type styles, page designs and type specifications; preparing graphics for printing; and computer graphics problems. (50.0402)

ART 370. Alternative Media. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 201 and 252 and with permission of instructor. Exploration, problems, and projects in a selected alternative media. May be taken a maximum of four times with different content. (50.0702)

ART 374. 3D Motion Graphics I. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 357 and permission of department head. Construction methods of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) model building and texture mapping as they relate to motion graphics. (50.0102)

ART 375. 3D Motion Graphics II. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 374 and permission of department head. Lighting methods within the context of 3D animation and motion graphics. (50.0102)

ART 376. Digital Art II. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 357 and permission of department head. Exploration of techniques; problems and projects in digital media. (10.0304)

ART 382. Topics in Design. 3-3-0. Prerequisites: C or better in Art 201 and 252 and permission of department head. Analysis and criticism of design. Discussion, presentations and individual research. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0703)

ART 425. Advanced Printmaking II. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: ART 424 and permission of department head. Advanced work in various processes. May be repeated for credit if content differs. (50.0710)

ART 450. Typography II. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 359 and permission of instructor. Advanced studies of typographic grid systems; typeface anatomy; typography as a sculptural element; designing a limited set of original letterforms. (50.0402)

ART 451. Graphic Design III. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 357 and 359 and permission of department head. In-depth graphic problems for portfolio consideration and computer graphics problems. (50.0404)

ART 452. Graphic Design IV. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 451 and permission of department head. Portfolio oriented problems with field applicable solutions. (50.0404)

ART 454. New Media Design. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 357 and permission of department head. Theory and skills of new media technology and design. May be repeated for credit  if content differs. (50.0499)

ART 455. Graphic Symbols. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 355 and 359 and permission of department head. History and problems in development of corporate symbols and signs for contemporary national and international communication. (50.0404)

ART 457. Internship. 3-0-9. Prerequisite: permission of department head. Supervised practical experience in an approved private or public organization involving work relevant to art, art history, or design. Only one internship may be counted toward the degree. (50.0409)

ART 458. Web II. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 350 and permission of department head. Intermediate website development topics and current industry best practices in the graphic arts. (11.0801)

ART 459. Web III. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 458 and permission of department head. Advanced website development topics and current industry best practices in the graphic arts. (11.0801)

ART 474. 3D Motion Graphics III. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 375 and permission of department head. Compositing and color correction for better final output of 3D renders and motion graphics. (50.0102)

ART 477. Digital Art III. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: C or better in ART 376 and permission of department head. Application of specialized digital art techniques with an emphasis on personal direction. (10.0304)

ART 497. Senior Art Studio Capstone. 3-0-6. Prerequisites: At least one 400-level course in each of the studio media selected for the senior project and permission of faculty. Senior campaign or studio project and exhibition. (50.0701)

CONTACT INFORMATION

Department of Art

Office Location:
Art Office in 221 Talbot Hall
Mailing Address:
P.O.Box 2025
Thibodaux, LA 70310
Phone: 985.448.4597
Fax: 985.448.4596

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