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Picture yourself designing web graphics, illustrating a textbook, shooting photos for a magazine, or managing a major advertising account. Welcome to the world of today's graduate in Graphic Design. Your options have never been more exciting, and at Quincy University you can begin to access them now.

In our Graphic Design program, you can earn a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design, as well as minors in Art History, Art Studio, Three-Dimensional Art, Two-Dimensional Art, Graphic Design, and Advertising Production.

A limited number of performance grants are available to entering Graphic Design students. Prospective first-year and transfer students are invited to ask an Admissions representative about submitting a portfolio for consideration.

Our Coleman-Hughes Graphic Design Complex provides students with opportunities to work with professional software and printing equipment. Many Graphic Design students develop minors in Communication (typically Broadcast or Public Relations) and become familiar with the features of our broadcast studio and editing facility.

Quincy faculty members combine decades of experience as award-winning artists and design professionals to offer mentoring and guidance for any path you may choose. They continuously exhibit their works, master the latest software, and network with art entrepreneurs to connect you with this fast-paced field. They are also actively engaged in programs of the Coleman Foundation for Entrepreneurship, including the annual Self-Employment in the Arts (SEA) conference and funded projects for student-faculty collaboration with community organizations. Each year, Quincy Graphic Design students attend SEA to learn from and network with successful professionals in a variety of arts occupations.

Outside the Classroom
Quincy's student-run Art Club is active on campus, and students in the Graphic Design major frequently participate in productions of the Drama Club and the Theatre Program, as well as assist in production of the student newspaper.

Contact Us

For more information about the Graphic Design program, feel free to contact:

Bob Mejer
Distinguished Professor of Art
217-228-5432 ext. 3150
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Art History Courses

AHI 265     The Art of Rome
Credit Hours: 3
The Art of Rome is an introductory course in the history of art and of the history of Rome from its origin to contemporary times. Masterpieces of painting, sculpture, architecture and urbanism are examined with attention to their specific historical contexts; ancient, medieval, renaissance, baroque and modern. The course hones a method of description, critical analysis and interpretation of art and builds an understanding of traditional forms and cultural themes useful in the comprehension of all western art. Taught in Rome.

AHI 283     Renaissance & Baroque Art
Credit Hours: 3
This illustrated slide-lecture course dwells at length on the art of Europe during the Renaissance, Mannerist, Baroque, and Rococo periods. The art is evaluated in context of the culture, religious and social systems.

AHI 285    19th & 20th Century Art
Credit Hours: 3
A slide-lecture survey of European and American art from 1800 to 1940. Art and artists are reviewed in relation to patronage, shifting social systems and settlement of North America.

AHI 381    Contemporary Art Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
A course designed to develop a better understanding of recent trends in contemporary art movements with emphasis on American art since 1945 through an examination-exploration-discussion of painting, sculpture, and related art forms.

AHI 383     History of Graphic Design
Credit Hours: 3
Using a problem-solving approach, students will explore the global fusion of art, commerce and culture that makes Graphic Design a dynamic worldwide phenomenon. This course will also look at the historical, social and technological events that gave rise to Graphic Design both as a craft and an art.

Studio Courses

ART 111     Introduction to Drawing
Credit Hours: 3
A foundation course in various attitudes and methods in drawing, exploring several media, and acquisition of a breadth of skills and aesthetic awareness.

ART 121    2-D Design
Credit Hours: 3
An exploration of the role of the visual process and how it affects what we see, how we see, and how that relates to unified 2-dimensional media structures. Emphasis will be placed on the creative use of the formal design elements (line, shape, value, color, form, space, texture) and design principles through studio problem-solving experiences.

ART 131     3-D Design
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to sculptural thought and methods. Students’ labors focus on creative solutions to problems in space/volumes, internal/external relationships, tectonics, and contemporary as well as traditional attitudes and media.

ART 161     Introduction to Ceramics
Credit Hours: 3
Investigations of contemporary thought, methods and problems in clay as an expressive medium. Students focus on handbuilding techniques. Experiences with the potter’s wheel are optional.

ART 221     Introduction to Watercolor
Credit Hours: 3
An introductory course directed toward the technical/structural and philosophic basis of watercolor painting as a self-expressive activity. Traditional as well as experimental techniques will be discussed and demonstrated. A broad range of subject matter and attitudes will be touched upon. Personal expression and creativity will be stressed.

ART 223     Introduction to Oil Painting
Credit Hours: 3
A basic course in oil painting as a medium of expression, within the framework of good design. Prerequisite: ART 111, 121.

ART 232    Introduction to Sculpture
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to casting and fabrication in metals and other media on an intimate scale. Prerequisite: ART 131.

ART 241     Introduction to Photography
Credit Hours: 3
No art form has redefined current society like Photography. Discover the dynamics of this art, the physics of image making and the design components that govern our sense of interest. Also learn the fundamentals of digital camera operation and electronic image editing. Prerequisite: the use of a digital camera for the semester that has manual settings. Although not required, ART 121 is recommended.

ART 251     Introduction to Printmaking
Credit Hours: 3
A survey of the basic printmaking media. The course introduces woodcut, drypoint, embossment, collagraphy and papermaking techniques; with a number of projects designed to give a broad experience with the media. Topics pertinent to all the media include matting, print storage, documentation, and actual examples.

ART 256     Commercial Illustration
Credit Hours: 3
An emphasis on visual communication, design, and production. Application in various commercial areas such as illustrating methods for books, magazines, packaging, etc. Prerequisites: ART 111, 121, or permission of instructor.

ART 265     Introduction to Fiber Arts
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores the design possibilities achieved through the interaction of fiber, form and structure. The primary concentration will be off-loom weaving techniques with emphasis on using fibers in the creation of visual (2-D, 3-D) statement. Experimentation with various fibers and techniques will be encouraged.

ART 270-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics or projects in art depending upon demand and staff.

ART 290    Introduction to Computer Graphics
Credit Hours: 3
Instruction and practical exercises in the use of bitmapped (pixel based) software currently used to create and generate black and white and color graphics.  Student learns necessary computer commands to use software and to produce assigned graphics/commercial art layouts using assorted printing options. Methods of merging text with graphics as well as design concepts that feature capabilities of computer graphics will be studied. Adobe Photoshop will be explored. Recommended: ART 121.

ART 312     Intermediate Drawing
Credit Hours: 3
A course directed toward the development of the student’s abilities, understanding, and interests— with emphasis on drawing media and relationships using historical references and current trends. Prerequisite: ART 111.

ART 322     Intermediate Watercolor
Credit Hours: 3
A course for the student who is well versed in the rudiments of transparent watercolor technique and has competent drawing skills. Experimentation is encouraged. Emphasis will be placed on the development of a student’s individual point of view. Prerequisite: ART 221.

ART 323     Mixed Media Painting
Credit Hours: 3
This course will be concerned with the production of work that explores the creative aspects of combining different art media. Students will experiment with ideas and techniques, using various drawing, painting and printmaking materials/methods, as well as investigate the vast possibilities of collage, construction and deconstruction. Emphasis will be on the student to effectively assimilate the unexpected results obtained by mixing media and to develop new images, in a personal and expressive way. Prerequisites: ART 121 and ART 221 or ART 223.

ART 332    Intermediate Sculpture
Credit Hours: 3
Explorations in mixed media (wood, metal, plastic, etc.), found objects, and multi-media constructions (light, sound, kinetics, etc.). Prerequisite: ART 232.

ART 342    Intermediate Photography
Credit Hours: 3
This course will explore the fine art aspects of film-based photography. Students will learn to work in a darkroom, develop film and prints, make photograms and further extend their knowledge of the photographic process. Emphasis will be placed on design centric image making. Students should have access to a film-based camera for the semester. Prerequisites: ART 121, 241.

ART 352     Intermediate Printmaking
Credit Hours: 3
Students will explore both relief and intaglio printmaking as a medium of creative expression in greater depth. A special focus will be on collagraphy, tonalgraph, assemblegraph, and various other platemaking/printing methods. Prerequisite: ART 251.

ART 358     Painterly Monotype
Credit Hours: 3
This course explores aspects of the monotype as a 3-way bridge connecting drawing, painting, and printmaking. Monotype is a flexible, direct medium involving the transfer of drawn/painted images from a nonporous surface to paper. One-of-a-kind print is produced from each plate.

ART 362     Intermediate Ceramics
Credit Hours: 3
An investigation into personalized aesthetic and technical approaches with clay. Students are especially encouraged to develop competency on the potter’s wheel and to expand prior experiences with clay. Students will be introduced to clay and glaze chemistry and kiln physics. Prerequisite: ART 161.

ART 370-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics or projects in art depending upon demand and staff.

ART 380    Electronic Imagemaking
Credit Hours: 3
A hands-on course in which the student will explore the potential of computer technology to create vector and bit mapped animations. Students will be introduced to the basics of audio editing, as well as the fundamentals of creating animations for the web. Adobe Flash will be the primary software used with other Adobe software applications used in supporting roles. Prerequisites: ART 121, 290.

ART 390    Computer Illustration
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to computer illustration using graphic vector-based software. Students will be introduced to computer best practices using Adobe Illustrator software, scanning and printing. Prerequisites: ART 121, 290.

ART 395    Graphic Design for Desktop Publishing
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on the creative and practical use of high-end graphic design software. Students will learn design fundamentals, including composition, layout, typography, pagination, style, format and project planning. Adobe InDesign is the major software used as well as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Prerequisites: ART 121 and 290 or 390.

ART 397    Junior Portfolio
Credit Hours: 0
In the spring of the junior year, each prospective graduate, in collaboration with the academic advisor, prepares a portfolio of exhibits demonstrating achievement of the art department learning outcomes. After a successful review of their portfolio with the art faculty, the students will proceed to senior seminar.

ART 451     Printmaking: Etching
Credit Hours: 3
The basic processes of intaglio printmaking. These include etching (line, soft-ground, aquatint), engraving, drypoint, collagraphy, as well as a variety of experimental approaches to plate making and printing. Emphasis will be on black and white printing within the context of technique and concept. Prerequisites: ART 111, 121, and 251.

ART 465  Advertising and PR Campaigns for Non-profits
Credit Hours: 3
This course will provide practical experience to upper-level students in the cross-disciplinary fields of advertising, design, marketing communications, and public relations. During the semester, students will provide a host of services for an area non-profit organization in a “client” and “agency” relationships.

ART 470-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics or projects in art depending upon demand and staff (e.g., Advanced Watercolor, Advanced Ceramics, Advanced Sculpture, Advanced Printmaking).

ART 480-1  Practicum in Art-Business
Credit Hours: 1-3
An experiential/academic opportunity in a museum, gallery, community cultural center, small business or related facility. Practica are arranged individually to suit the skills and career goals of the student and the needs of the host institution. Open to upper-division art majors. The work is supervised and evaluated in conjunction with an on-campus coordinator and a designated individual in the organization providing the experience. One semester hour of academic credit is granted for each 50 hours of field experience.

ART 490    Web Design
Credit Hours: 3
An exploration into design for the Web from concept to structure, preparation, and production. This course will revolve around the use of Dreamweaver. Prerequisite: ART 290.

ART 495    Senior Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
In the fall of the senior year, students will be given the opportunity to produce a self-directed, mature body of work. Seniors are encouraged to work on the concept for the seminar over the summer, submitting a completed proposal within the first week of the fall semester. Weekly meetings will be held with the advisor to ensure regular progress in accomplishing the goals established in the student proposal. (Offered in the fall)

ART 497    Baccalaureate: Senior Retrospective
Credit Hours: 1
Preparation for and experience in mounting the comprehensive senior portfolio exhibit, including professional preparation of framed  quality work for display, preparing publicity, designing a show catalog and mailing, arranging the opening reception, providing an exhibit checklist, installing the exhibition with labels, obtaining donations, and taking down the show. This exhibition will be displayed in the Gray Gallery during April-May of the Spring Semester. This constitutes the required department comprehensive experience. Graded P/F. (Offered in the spring)

Program Requirements

Graphic Design

  • General requirements for baccalaureate degree. Student in the BFA program must complete 18 elective hours outside the major in addition to the general education requirements. These 18 hours should be a minor or electives in Communication, Business, and/or Computer Science. Students in this program also must complete at least 36 hours at the upper (300-400) level.
  • Forty-two semester hours of art studio beyond the foundation studio courses of ART 111, 121, 131. Required courses include: ART 161, 221, 241, 251, 256, 265 or 323, 290, 312, 380, 390, 395, 480, 490, and three hours upper-level Art.
  • Art History (12 semester hours): AHI 283, 285, 381, and 385.
  • Support courses: PHI 391 Aesthetics (can fulfill a general education requirement) and COM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking.
  • A senior year portfolio of artwork, portfolio of slides from the past two to four years and a comprehensive (ART 497) senior exhibition of professional quality must be presented to and accepted by the art faculty. This exhibition will be displayed in the Gray Gallery during the Spring Semester.

Requirements for a Minor in Art Studio: 21 credit hours including ART 111, 121, and 131 or 161. The remaining 12 hours must be at the 200-400 level and include one Art History course. Twelve of the required 21 credit hours must be taken at Quincy University. Declaration of minor must be filed no later than the end of the junior year (or after completion of 86 semester hours).

Concentrations in 3-Dimentional or 2-Dimensional Art may be arranged.

Requirements for a Minor in Art History: 21 credit hours including ART 111, 121, 131, or 161; AHI 283, 285, 381, and 385. Twelve of the required 21 credit hours must be taken at Quincy University. Declaration of minor must be filed not later than the end of the junior year (or after completion of 86 semester hours).

Requirements for a Minor in Graphic Design: 21 credit hours including ART 111 and 121. The remaining 15 hours must be chosen from ART 241, 256, 290, 390, 395, and 490. Twelve of the required 21 hours must e taken at the 200-400 level and 12 of the hours must be taken at Quincy University. Declaration of the minor must be filed no later than the end of the junior year (or after completion of 90 semester hours).

Program Policies:

  • The University reserves the right to reproduce student work, and to retain for teaching and exhibition purposes, students' works submitted for credit.
  • The University will not be liable for lost, stolen, unclaimed, or damaged art work.
  • Initial student expenses for art supplies may be substantial. Furnished materials vary from course to course, so prudent financial planning should account for this variance.
  • A portfolio review is suggested for all transfer students.
  • Students are expected to spend a minimum of 6 hours per week outside class for each studio course selected.
  • Art majors are required to keep an ongoing portfolio from each art course for assessment purposes and their Senior Exhibition.
  • Art scholarship majors must participate in the Annual Juried Student Exhibition and in local/regional exhibitions in order to maintain their scholarships.

Special Programs:
The Gray Gallery located in Brenner Library has a professional exhibition schedule each year which includes exhibitions by nationally noted and regional artists, art faculty and students. The gallery program contributes both to the education of students and to the cultural richness of the University and the broader community. Periodically, visiting artists are brought to the campus.

Career Options

Graphic design is a rapidly growing area with careers available in large and small businesses as well as freelance work and agency ownership. Graduates of Quincy's Graphic Design program have experienced success in diverse careers, including interior designers, graphic designers, art therapists, university art professors, web designers, museum curators, directors of advertising agencies, gallery directors, and professional artists. Alumni hold such positions as:
  • Desktop Publishing & Graphics Specialist, Ft. Collins, Colo.
  • Graphic Artist, The Journal-Standard, Freeport, Ill.
  • Funding Programs Associate, Arts Midwest, Minneapolis
  • Gallery Director, Curtis Allen Turner Fine Arts, Chicago
  • Professor of Art/Sculptor & Painter, DePaul University, Chicago
  • Director of Education, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland

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