Art and Design at Missouri State

Graphic Design Four Year Degree Plan

The Art and Design degree at Missouri State can be completed in eight regular semesters. However, a four-year degree plan does not take into account dual credit or transfer credit that you may bring upon admission to the University. Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss schedules and options.

Course Rotation

The course schedule is a tentative plan for future semesters. These courses and modalities are subject to change based on available faculty.

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The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
ART 100 2D Design 3
ART 115 Drawing I 3
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
General Education 3
General Education 3
General Education: Science with lab 4

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ART 101 Three-Dimensional Design 3
ART 110 Introduction to New Media 3
ART 215 Drawing II 3
General Education 3
General Education 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
ART 202 Intermediate Design
or ART 255 Photography I
3
ART 271 History of Western Art I
or ART 272 History of Western Art II
3
DES 202 Graphic Design Systems 3
DES 210 Introduction to Computer Graphic Design 3
General Education 3
General Education 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ART 202 Intermediate Design
or ART 255 Photography I
3
Art History Elective - 300 or above 3
DES 301 Graphic Production 3
DES 303 Basic Typography 3
General Education 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ART 225 Painting I
or ART 315 Drawing III
3
ART 273 Survey of the Art of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas
or ART 274 Survey of Asian Art
3
DES 330 Communication Design/Methodology 3
DES 331 Advanced Typography 3
General Education: Science 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ART 225 Painting I
or ART 315 Drawing III
3
ART 377 History of Graphic and Applied Design 3
DES 332 Image Design 3
DES 340 Web Design for Design Majors 3
General Education 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
ART 235 Sculpture I
or ART 242 Printmaking I
3
ART 480 Modern Art
or ART 484 Contemporary Art
3
Graphic Design elective (DES 345, 440, 497, 499) 3
DES 430 Advanced Graphics 3
General Education 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours15-16
300+ Design Elective 3
300+ Design Elective (if needed to fulfill 40 hour upper division min) 3-4
DES 490 Professional Design Practicum 3
General Education 3
General Education 3

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