Initial studies in this subject deal with the pragmatic processes and components of graphic design, with a focus on typography. Advancing studies become more self-motivated as students define areas of research that interest them. Seminars given by staff, visiting professionals, and other students address current issues in graphic design and help students locate their interests within the tradition and trajectory of contemporary design.
Students are introduced to current technology throughout their courses. Alongside digital processes and artefacts, students are also encouraged to investigate other more traditional processes, such as screen printing.
There is strong competition for places in the Intermediate Year (first year) of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) – see the degree page for information on entry requirements and how to apply.
UC offers a major in Graphic Design as part of the Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Graphic Design major
Courses towards the Graphic Design major begin in your second year. To complete the major you will need to take the following courses throughout the degree:
At least one 300-level ARTH course must be completed if you want to be eligible for Honours in your fourth year.
Students completing their fourth year at Honours level will take FINA 450 Honours Research instead of the 400-level courses above.
Fine Arts building, Block 2 – see campus maps
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