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Be a creative communicator.

Visual communication plays a vital role in today’s society, be it in brand creation for marketing, developing content for the web, or designing publications. The fundamental theory and practical skills you’ll learn here will prepare you to engage in contemporary visual careers.




Requirements total a minimum of 48 hours, including 27 hours of studio courses, 6 hours of software courses, 6 hours of contextual courses, a minimum of 4 hours of professional experience, and 5-6 hours of supporting courses. Interesting courses you can take include:

  • Interaction Design
  • Design & Society
  • Design History

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Learning theories and concepts is an important part of your degree, but only through practical application can you develop your own visual style. As a graphic design major, you will have the opportunity to pursue professional internships in your area of interest that will mold your creative voice. You will also develop a design portfolio through your coursework at Trinity that will help impress future employers.

Career Objectives Include:


Course Title Credits
Software (6 hours)
GPH 100 Design Software I: Desktop Publishing 2 hours
GPH 200 Design Software II: Image-Making and Photo Manipulation 2 hours
GPH 301 Design Software III: Vector Graphics 2 hours
Studio (27 hours)
GPH 110 Design Foundations 3 hours
GPH 210 Tangible Design 3 hours
GPH 230 Introduction to Photography 3 hours
GPH 260 Typography 3 hours
GPH 271 Introduction to Web Design 3 hours
GPH 310 Interaction Design 3 hours
GPH 410 Design Systems 3 hours
GPH 490 Capstone and Exhibition 3 hours
A minimum of 3 hours of Topics in Graphic Design from the following courses:
GPH 150 Topics in Graphic Design 1-3 hours
GPH 250 Studio Topics in Digital Design 3 hours
Contextual (6 hours)
GPH 160 Design and Society 3 hours
GPH 360 Design History 3 hours
Professional Experience (4 hours minimum)
GPH 440 Portfolio 2 hours
GPH 445 Internship 1-3 hours
Supporting Courses (5-6 hours)
ART 231 Art Appreciation 3 hours
ART 241 Studio Art 2 hours
COM 204 Mass Communication 3 hours
BUS 334 Advertising 3 hours
Recommended Courses:
ART 233X Comparative Arts 3 hours
ART 331 History of Art I 3 hours
ART 332 History of Art II 3 hours
ART 341 Advanced Studio Art 3 hours
ENG 220 Studies in Poetry 3 hours
GPH 390 Graphic Design Project 2-3 hours