The Degree of Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design


Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Graphic Design program is to train students to acquire creative and analytical processes that integrate Design and technology, to communicate ideas and information from a client to an audience, and to become innovators and leaders in print and screen related areas of professional practice. The Graphic Design program, furthermore, encourages exploration through problem-solving methodologies, innovative investigations, and creative research in all forms of communication. The program is dedicated to excellence in teaching, academic and creative research, and professional practice by focusing on creative and intellectual thinking, awareness of individual, social and cultural issues in a global context, the integration of new technology and the concern for ethical implications and the natural environment.

Learning Objectives
The B.A. in Graphic Design program offered by the Department of Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design (FAAD), aims at:

  • Providing the learner with the proper exposure to enhance reflective approach to design and foster critical thinking;
  • Developing the intellectual and theoretical backgrounds of the students through the study of modern and contemporary history and theories of Graphic Design;
  • Increasing student’s awareness with respect to social issues, cultural and global themes, and awareness of the individual; and
  • Preparing the learner for professional practice.

Program Learning Outcome
Graphic Design graduates will:

  • Develop design and communication skills;
  • Practice critical thinking in design research;
  • Relate cultural and historical knowledge to problem-solving;
  • Implement design solutions related to client needs and social issues;
  • Manage design projects including various variables; and
  • Appraise professionally and ethically the requirements of clients and the project.

Admission Requirements
In addition to the University admission requirements, prospective candidates must complete any remedial English course(s) the first year of enrollement. Students who fail to meet the above requirements will not be allowed to proceed to the degree courses in Graphic Design and other majors in the Design Department of the Faculty of Architecture, Art & Design.

Graduation Requirements
To receive the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, a student must complete a total of 102 credits with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.0/4.0 and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.3/4.0 in all Major Courses. All major courses with a grade of less than C- must be repeated. The 102 credits necessary for graduation are divided as follows:

General Education Requirements (30 cr.).

The GER are distributed as follows:

Communication Skills in English: ENL 213 & ENL 223 or ENL 230 (6 cr.)
Communication Skills in Arabic, One course from: ARB 211, ARB 212, ARB 224, ARB 231, ARB 317 (3 cr.)
Religion, One course from: REG 212, REG 213, REG 313, REG 314 (3 cr.)
Philosophy, One course from: ENS 205, PHL 211, PHL 311, POS 345 (3 cr.)
Cultural Studies, Two courses from: ARP 215, BAD 201, COA 315, COA 359, ECN 200, ECN 211, ECN 212, FAP 215, HUT 305, HUT 306, MUS 210, PSL 201, SOL 201, SOL 301, NTR 215 (6 cr.)
Citizenship, one course from: HIT 211, IAF 301, POS 201, POS 210, POS 240, POS 319, POS 337 (3 cr.)
Science and Technology, two courses from: AST 201, BIO 202, BIO 203, CHM 211, CSC 201, ENS 201, ENS 202, ENS 206, HEA 201, MAT 201, MAT 202, MAT 204, MAT 211, NTR 201, PHS 211, STA 202, STA 210, PHS 207 (6 cr.)

Core Requirements (9 cr.)

FAP 211, FAP 221, GDP 212.

Major Requirements (57 cr.)

GDP 217, GDP 222, GDP 223, GDP 227, GDP 315, GDP 317, GDP 321, GDP 322, GDP 323, GDP 324, GDP 361, GDP 362, GDP 412, GDP 413, GDP 415, GDP 423, GDP 463, GDP 464, GDP 465.

Free Electives (6 cr.)

Suggested Program

Year I
Fall Semester (15 Credits)
FAP 211 Drawing I 3 cr.
GDP 212 Design Principles I 3 cr.
GDP 217 Conceptual Communication in Digital Media 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Spring Semester (15 Credits)
FAP 221 Drawing II 3 cr.
GDP 222 Design Principles II 3 cr.
GDP 223 Fundamentals of Typography 3 cr.
GDP 227 Digital Media I 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Summer Session (6 Credits)
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Year II
Fall Semester (15 Credits)
GDP 315 Color & Illustration for Graphic Designers 3 cr.
GDP 317 Digital Media II 3 cr.
GDP 322 Applied Typographic Design 3 cr.
GDP 324 Photography for Graphic Designers 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Spring Semester (15 Credits)
GDP 321 Visual Communication I 3 cr.
GDP 323 History of Graphic Design & Cont. Issues 3 cr.
GDP 361 Type Design and Experimental Typography 3 cr.
GDP 362 Interactive Design and Motion Graphics 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Summer Session (6 Credits)
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
Year III
Fall Semester (15 Credits)
GDP 412 Packaging 3 cr.
GDP 413 Print Management & Production 3 cr.
GDP 415 Branding for Design 3 cr.
GDP 463 Environmental Graphics and Arabic Type Design   3 cr.
GDP 464 3D in Motion   3 cr.
Spring Semester (15 Credits)
GDP 423 Professional Practice & Portfolio Preparation 3 cr.
GDP 465 Senior Studio 3 cr.
___ ___ GER 3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.
___ ___ Free Elective 3 cr.