Aurora University

Graphic Design (GRD)

GRD-1810-9  Selected Topics  (Variable semester hours)  

This is a periodic course reflecting faculty research interests. Students may repeat the course on a different special topic for a maximum of 12 semester hours.

GRD-2650/COM-2650  Graphic Design and Typography  (4 semester hours)  

This course will introduce students to graphic design and typographic structures. Students will use hands-on activities to reinforce their development in the use of design principles and the language of type. Topics include the elements and principles of graphic design, the tools and vocabulary of typography and the methods required to use them effectively.

Additional fee required

GRD-2810-9  Selected Topics  (Variable semester hours)  

This is a periodic course reflecting faculty research interests. Students may repeat the course on a different special topic for a maximum of 12 semester hours.

GRD-2850/COM-2850  Visual Communication  (4 semester hours)  

This course is an introduction to the methods of analyzing and creating visual imagery. Students will also explore the role that visual imagery plays in constructing individual identity and societal ideologies. Special attention is given to modern visual media forms, such as advertising and comic books. Students will also gain skills in digital imaging and audio and video production through several media design projects. The class includes thorough practice with several widely used software applications. This is a useful course for students in all disciplines, many of whom will be expected to be competent with the basics of digital multimedia production in their careers.

Additional fee required

GRD-3250/COM-3250  Digital Layout and Design  (4 semester hours)  

This course is an introduction to the practice and principles of graphic design for print and electronic media. This lab-based course covers the basics of typography and layout, as well as the technologies and techniques of interactive media production. Students will use modern digital imaging and publication software to create effective informational and promotional materials.

Prerequisite(s): GRD-2850/COM-2850.

Additional fee required

GRD-3350/COM-3350  Interactive Media  (4 semester hours)  

This course is an introduction to the design and use of interactive media. Students will explore the creation of narrative using digital programs and will analyze the communication process used in online digital formats. Additionally, students will discover effective use of message design. Activities in this course will focus on the creation of narratives, websites and virtual environments. Students will also gain skills in advanced digital design.

Prerequisite(s): GRD-2850/COM-2850.

Additional fee required

GRD-3810-9  Selected Topics  (Variable semester hours)  

This is a periodic course reflecting faculty research interests. Students may repeat the course on a different special topic for a maximum of 12 semester hours.

GRD-4810-9  Selected Topics  (Variable semester hours)  

This is a periodic course reflecting faculty research interests. Students may repeat the course on a different special topic for a maximum of 12 semester hours.

GRD-4940  Graphic Design Internship  (4 semester hours)  

The purpose of the Graphic Design Internship is to enable Aurora University students to acquire work experiences in the graphic designer professional's business world. This experience is designed to expand on the learning experience and to integrate and reinforce skills and concepts learned in the classroom. The internship provides a practical experience in a structured employment environment. Students may repeat this course involving a different internship experience for a maximum of 12 semester hours. Open to graphic design majors only. Permission of the instructor required.

Prerequisite(s): Instructor permission.
GRD-4990/WRI-4990  Digital Portfolio Capstone  (4 semester hours)  

This capstone course is required of all Graphic Design and Professional Writing majors in their senior year. Students will complete individual term projects that will demonstrate their ability to integrate theoretical and practical aspects of their chosen major. The seminar will center on project development and the development of an electronic portfolio. Open to graphic design or professional writing majors only.

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing.