Media Arts B.A. or B.F.A (Graphic Design)

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A Media Arts degree with a concentration in Graphic Design prepares creative and artistic students for lifelong careers in visual communication. Students in Graphic Design are visual problem solvers who communicate with text and images in a wide range of applications and settings. Our graduates have careers in interesting and creative fields such as—visual communications, web design, illustration, typography, art direction, logo and icon design, digital and game art, advertising design, user experience design, and corporate communications.

Graphic Design classes in the Media Arts B.A. and B.F.A. degree programs take place in the Wheatley Center—home to large, well-lit art studios and spacious computer labs that feature cutting-edge Macintosh Pro computers and Adobe Creative Suite software. Our design students have 24/7 access to the labs and studios, access to professional-grade computers, software, a laser color printer, wide-format inkjet printer, laser cutter, 3-D printers, a woodshop, spray booth, vacuum former, lighting studio, and exhibit spaces to showcase their creative work.

Contact Information

Heather Pinson
Department Head
pinson@rmu.edu
412-397-6463
Wheatley Center 215

4-Year Course Plan (B.A.)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • ARTM1010 Foundation Studio (3)
  • ARTM1020 2D Studio (3), and co-req ARTM0102 2D Studio Lab (0)
  • ARTM1830 History of Visual Comm (3)
  • Core 1: MATH (3)
  • Core 2: CSEN 1 (3)
  • Freshman Seminar (1)

Freshman Year, Spring

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • ARTM1022 4D Studio (3), and co-req ARTM0122 4D Studio Lab (0)
  • ARTM2110 Intro to Graphic Design (3)
  • ARTM2115 Intro to Typography (3)
  • Core 5: CSCM 1 (3)
  • Core 6 (3) (e.g., PSYCH1010)

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • ARTM2005 Intro to Photography
    • or ARTM2410 Intro to Multi-Camera Studio (3), and co-req ARTM2410 Intro to Multi-Camera Studio Lab (0)
  • ARTM2120 Vector Graphics (3)
  • ARTM2210 Intro to Web Design (3)
  • Core 7 (3): CSCM 2
  • Core 8 (3) (e.g., INFS1020)

Junior Year, Fall

  • ARTM3110 Design Studio I (3)
  • Open Elective 1 (3) (if Web minor: ARTM2220 Designing for New Media; if Photo minor: ARTM3300 Digital Photo) ARTM3140 Corporate Identity Design (3)
  • Open Elective 2 (3) (if there are 4 studio-based courses: take Core 10 in spring semester)
  • Core 9 (3) (e.g., ELIT)
  • Core 10 (3) (e.g., ECON1010)

Junior Year, Spring

  • ARTM3120 Design Studio II (3)
  • ARTM3130 Production for the Designer (3)
  • ARTM3150 Advertising Design (3)
  • MARK2000 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • Open elective 3 (3) 

Senior Year, Fall

  • COMM4800 Media Management (3)
  • Open Elective 4 (3) (if Web minor: ARTM3210 HTML Toolbox; if Photo minor: take a photo studio/history course)
  • Open Elective 5 (3)
  • Open elective 6 (3)
  • Core 11 (3) (e.g. HIST/POLS)
  • Core 12 (3) (e.g., SOCI1010)

Senior Year, Spring

  • ARTM4090 Portfolio (3), and co-req ARTM0400 Professional Practices Lab (0)
  • COMM4800 Media Management (3) or ARTM4903 Internship (3)
  • Core 13 (3) (e.g., Natural Science)
  • Open Elective 7 (3) (if Web minor: ARTM3220 Interaction Design; if Photo minor: take a photo studio course)
  • Open Elective 8 (3)
4-Year Course Plan (B.F.A)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • ARTM1010 Foundation Studio (3)
  • ARTM1020 2D Studio (3), and co-req ARTM0102 2D Studio Lab (0)
  • ARTM1830 History of Visual Comm (3)
  • Core 1: MATH (3)
  • Core 2: CSEN 1 (3)
  • Freshman Seminar (1)

Freshman Year, Spring

Sophomore Year, Fall

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • ARTM2010 Idea Development, Writing & Storyboarding (3)
  • ARTM2120 Vector Graphics (3)
  • ARTM4110 Advanced Typography (3)
  • ARTM2005 Intro to Photography (3)
    • or ARTM____ Media Arts Elective 1 (3)
  • Core 6: CSCM 2 (3)
  • Core 7 (3) (e.g., PSYC1010)

Junior Year, Fall

  • ARTM2005 Intro to Photography (3)
    • or ARTM____ Media Arts Elective 1 (3)
  • ARTM2210 Intro to Web Design (3)
  • ARTM3110 Design Studio I (3)
  • Core 8 (3) (e.g., INFS1020)
  • Core 9 (3) (e.g. ELIT)

Junior Year, Spring

Senior Year, Fall

  • ARTM4010 Senior Studio (3)
  • ARTM2410 Intro to Multi-Cam Studio (3) and co-req ARTM0241 Intro to M-Cam Stud Lab (0)
  • ARTM____ Media Arts Elective 2
  • Core 11 (3) (e.g., Natural Science)
  • Core 12 (3) (e.g., ECON1010)
  • COMM4800 Media Management (3)

Senior Year, Spring

  • ARTM4090 Portfolio (3) and co-req ARTM0400 Professional Practices Lab (0)
  • ARTM3150 Advertising Design (3)
  • ARTM____ Media Arts Elective 3 (3)
  • Core 13 (3) (e.g., HIST/POLS)
  • COMM4800 Media Management (3)

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Advanced Illustration
Corporate Identity Design
Production for the Designer
Major Credits
57
Communications, Media Arts, Marketing
Core Credits
39
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
30

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