May 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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AH 2050 - History of Graphic Design

Credits: 3

This seminar and research course addresses important historical and contemporary developments in visual communication. Beginning with the roots of pictorial and written languages, the content moves to key 19th and 20th century periods (including the emergence of the Bauhaus and typographic history), then culminates with the contemporary scene. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have engaged in reading, writing, and verbal critical thinking skills—both as individuals and in teams. Students will understand the embedded relationships between graphic design, culture, technology, and society.

AH 1110 - Art Historical Methods + History  

Notes: Offered online only.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Students demonstrate critical thinking skills, defined as the capacity to challenge assumptions, contextualize information, identify problems, conceptualize responses.
  • Students demonstrate writing skills, which encompasses thesis statement, organization, conclusion, grammar, syntax, and spelling.
  • Students practice formal analysis and the identification, definition, and application of the elements and principles of design as well as the various types of media found within Graphic Design.
  • Students recognize formal art historical divisions of Graphic Design.
  • Students recognize some of the tenets of art criticism, theory, and methodologies.
  • Describe the progression of written languages.
  • Analyze the work of designers and typographers.
  • Identify and differentiate key design movements and the cultural influences and technological advancements on various aspects of design history.
  • Analyze reading assignments through discussions and written responses.
  • Students demonstrate competence in discipline-specific citation styles.

AH 2050 Course Learning Outcome Rubric  

Required Textbooks:
ON-CAMPUS: EBOOK: Megg’s History of Graphic Design, , 5th Edition - ISBN: 978-0470168738

ONLINE: Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, 2nd Edition - ISBN: 978-0205219469

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