Bachelor of Design - Interactive and Graphic Design Major

Bachelor of Design - Interactive and Graphic Design Major

Bachelor of Design - Interactive and Graphic Design Major

The department of Art & Design at Millersville University offers a new degree, a Bachelor of Design (B.Des.), and a new major in Interactive and Graphic Design. This degree and major aim to provide students credentials that more accurately reflect their educational experiences as they have evolved in our existing interactive and graphic design curriculum. Ultimately the new degree will more clearly communicate to employers, what is offered within the program and what professional skills are being acquired by our graduates. 

The new identity of our Interactive and Graphic Design curriculum with the B.DES. degree clearly identifies the program with 21st century design education. The courses being offered at Millersville University include experience design, kinetic design, web design, basic coding, interactive design, and traditional graphic design. The B.Des. better reflects pervasive academic research interests, professional field demands, and the recommendation standards from both the American Institute of Graphic Artists (the professional organization for design) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD, the accrediting body for Art and Design). Furthermore, it provides a structural reinforcement of current University and PASSHE goals. 

Careers Opportunities

By keeping the discipline current and offering a B.Des. in Interactive & Graphic Design the students will have the skills that most employers are now seeking within the design industry.

  • Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • User Experience Design
  • Interaction Design
  • Digital Publication Design
  • Illustration

The B.Des. degree has become prevalent around the globe over the last several years, and American colleges and universities are beginning to use the designation to more accurately reflect the learning content and subsequent skills of graduates. NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) approves and recognizes this degree and will evaluate the program under this new title as a “professional degree.” With the proposed course structure, this program meets the “professional degree” standards of rigor and content for the B.Des. degree as articulated in the curricular guidelines of our accrediting agency.

Interactive & Graphic Design as a discipline has radically changed and has opened up more opportunities for students to learn and design with new technology. By keeping current with technological demands placed on the discipline, graduates with these skills will support an educated workforce that is prepared to contribute to Pennsylvania’s economic vitality and supporting the ability for the commonwealth to compete globally.

Learn more about Millersville Design

Interactive & Design Graphic Design Courses

Foundation Studio Interactive and Design Studio Art/Design History Concentration + Portfolio General Education Total
24 18 12 18 48 120 credits
20% 15% 10% 15% 40% 100%

Required Foundation Courses (12 Credits)

ART 133 Drawing I
ART 142 2D Design
ART 242 3D Design

Required Foundation Courses for Interactive & Graphic Design (18 Credits)

(Design thinking, making & theory: skills, application & synthesis)
DESN 144 Digital Theory & Skills 
DESN 240 Typography I 
DESN 244 Typography II 
DESN 246 Intro Sequence, Motion & Visual Communications 
DESN 247 Intro Web, Experience/Interaction Design 
DESN 344 Visual Communication & Graphic Design 1

Required Art History (12 Credits)

Required: 
DESN 307 Visual Communication Design History 
ART 203 Survey Art History II 

Select two of the following courses:
ART 202 Survey of Art History I 
ART 201 History & Aesthetics of Photo 
ART 301 Ancient World 
ART 302 Italian Renaissance 
ART 303 19th Century Art 
ART 304 20th Century Art (W) 
ART 312 Survey Art History 
ART 313 Art In America 
ART 403 North Renaissance 
ART 404 Contemporary Movements in Art (W) 
ART 587/588 Topics in Art History

Required Interactive & Graphic Design (18 Credits)

set 1 - Graphic Design (9 credits of the following) 
DESN 347 Design for Social Equity (D) 
DESN 348 Packaging in Design 
DESN 349 Information Design (W) 
DESN 375 Illustration 
DESN 444 Visual Communication & Graphic Design 2 (Digital Publication Design)

Set 2 - Interactive Design (9 credits of the following) 
DESN 340 Interaction Design 
DESN 341 Motion Design 
DESN 342 Kinetic Design and Animation 
DESN 343 Experience Design (W) 
DESN 447 Advanced Web Design (W)

Required Interactive & Graphic Design Capstone Course (3 Credits)

Portfolio Review (between 60-75 credits)
ART-493 Portfolio: Capstone Course

Additional Interactive & Graphic Design Courses

DESN 225 Visual Storytelling and Comics 
DESN 332 Material Design 
ART 345 Intro Computers in Art 
ART 445 Advanced Computers in Art 
DESN 446 Advanced Computers in Design 
ART 300 Co-Op/Internship Experience 
ART 400 Co-Op/Internship Experience 
ART 500 Co-Op/Internship Experience 
ART 486 Topics Studio

Concentration Courses (15 Credits)

Select an additional five courses from the following interactive & graphic areas:
Set 1, set 2, or additional interactive & graphic design courses
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NOTE: ART 100 & 141 may not be counted in the Major.

Click here to view the General Education Curriculum Guide