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
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
Total hours18

Second semester (spring)

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

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 202 or ART 255 3
ART 271 OR 272 (also counts as Humanities Gen Ed) 3
DES 202 Graphic Design Systems 3
DES 210 Introduction to Computer Graphic Design 3
General Education 3
General Education 3
Total hours18

Fourth semester (spring)

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

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
ART 225 or ART 315 3
ART 273 or ART 274 3
DES 330 Communication Design/Methodology 3
DES 331 Advanced Typography 3
General Education: Science 3
Total hours15

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
ART 225 or ART 315 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
Total hours15

Seventh semester (fall)

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

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
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
Total hours15-16

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