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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design, B.A.

In the Graphic Design discipline, the goal is to develop socially aware problem solvers who explore traditional as well as innovative visual solutions through theory and practice. Building on the foundations of art making and the historical context of contemporary art and design, students expand their technical and conceptual skills in the discipline of graphic design. Students learn to analyze visual problems, explore advanced concepts, and use appropriate media to generate solutions that result in a professional portfolio of finished work. Graduates of this program will be able to apply their knowledge to all areas of the design industry.

  • SLO 1 Demonstrate an understanding of the historical context of contemporary art and design.
  • SLO 2 Demonstrate an understanding of problem solving through research, analysis, and
  • information gathering.
  • SLO 3 Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize practical solutions in all areas of the design
  • continuum.
  • SLO 4 Demonstrate the ability to produce design solutions that meet the specifications of the appropriate medium.
  • SLO 5 Demonstrate professionalism and personal accountability that is representative of a working creative professional.

All graphic design majors at Coastal Carolina University are required to have their own Macintosh laptop computer and Adobe Creative Cloud software. For information and specifications, please go to our website at http://www.coastal.edu/art.

A maximum of 52 credits may be applied toward satisfying the foundation courses and major requirements in graphic design. Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in each course used to satisfy foundation courses and major requirements. Students must submit portfolios for faculty review at the end of their sophomore year and participate in a senior exhibition at Coastal Carolina University.

Degree Requirements (120 Credits)

Core Curriculum Requirements


Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements (3-7+ Credits) *  


* Course credit hours only count once toward the total university graduation credit hour requirements. Click on Credit Sharing  for more information.


Graphic design majors must present a juried exhibition and portfolio of their work at Coastal prior to graduation.

Cognates (9 Credits)

Cognate courses are drawn from outside the major but intended to support the major. Cognate courses must be upper level (300 or 400 level) and must be approved by the student’s adviser. Courses for cognate credit may be drawn from one or more departments. A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in all cognate or minor courses.

Electives (8-13 Credits)

Total Credits Required: 120