Graphic Communication at Carroll University is an interdisciplinary major from the graphic communication, art, business, communication, computer science, and English programs. This major is offered in conjunction with a required 120-hour internship and a capstone experience in which students independently create a real world project. The two minors offered within Graphic Communication are aimed toward students who plan to major in other academic programs and acknowledge the integrated usefulness of Graphic Communication within their major area of study.
Upon graduation, the graphic communication student will be able to:1. Measurably demonstrate and apply a high competency working knowledge of various digital software applications and hardware components.2. Measurably demonstrate and apply industry-standard graphic design principles as they pertain to various digital media vehicles.3. Apply learning outcome skill sets to produce digital media projects for the purpose of communication on behalf of client/audience objectives.4. Create communication-based creative solutions to effectively broadcast specific messages that utilize typography, color, digital photography, images, digital video and print.5. Utilizing historical documentation for reference, case studies for application, and examples of industry trends, students will apply their skill set to create messages that communicate across a variety of media.6. Utilizing "real world" strategy, concept and application, students will implement their skill set of technology, understanding of design theory, identification with audience, and association with various delivery methods to produce graphic communication materials that best represent client goals.7. Pay special attention to and evaluate software and hardware capabilities, lifespan, and usefulness, which will guide them to an understanding of the role of graphic design management.8. Participate in the writing of creative briefs, apply the dynamics of communication practices, as well as investigate and understand the role of branding, marketing, and advertising.9. Utilize website construction software and apply the appropriate skill set to develop online portfolios and client-based solutions.10. Develop the ability to think critically, to problem solve, and to generate creative solutions.
The graphic communication program has numerous offerings which teach students the use of various tools needed in graphic communication in the 21st century. The art, business, computer science and communication programs use these tools to develop students' talents and the business program's courses cover the use of graphic communication in the world of organizations. Each course within the curriculum uses the technology of the 21st century to achieve its objectives.
There are five emphases within graphic communication:• The graphic design emphasis is for students interested in using their artistic bridging technology and graphic communication skills across a variety of media (print, web, new media, etc.). They may work as graphic artists, as web page designers or as desktop publishing professionals. Students may also consider a second major or a minor in computer science.• The design management emphasis is for students who wish to evolve their graphic communication skills into management positions or start their own company. Students wishing to excel in this area may consider a second major or minor in business.• The digital video production emphasis is for students who wish to pursue employment within the video, film or television work environments. At the completion of the program, students will be proficient at video editing, audio editing, lighting, animation, green screen, storyboards, talent assessment, and marketing. Students must create and showcase a film reel portfolio of their work during their senior year.• The print management emphasis is for students wishing to enter the print industry and is a collaborative program with Waukesha County Technical College. The print management emphasis is based upon both the actual operation of print presses as well as design/management/business concepts.• The web design emphasis is for students who particularly wish to develop projects for placement on the World Wide Web. Students wishing to excel in this area may consider a second major or minor in business or computer science.
The requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree are:
NOTE: EACH MAJOR MAY HAVE SPECIFIC COURSE SEQUENCING REQUIREMENTS.FOR SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS, SEE "REQUIRED SUPPORT COURSES" WITHIN EACH MAJOR
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Students must complete four GE1 courses: one from each of the four Distribution Areas outside of their major area of study.Students must take one GE2 course. The GE2 course chosen, must build upon a discipline taken at the GE1 level (e.g. PSY101 (S1) and PSY 221 (S2)).
Humanities (H1, H2)
Philosophy/Ethics/Religion (P1, P2)
Natural Sciences (N1, N2)
Social Sciences (S1, S2)
The Cross-Cultural Component is a five-course series through which students explore the study of culture:
Transfer students will register for CCS101 for one credit.
The Cultural Seminar, which is taken in the first semester, begins the exploration of culture through the study of one's own culture and a different culture. This course develops oral communication skills through critical reading and discussion.
The Writing Seminar is taken during the first or second semester, includes cross-cultural readings, and develops foundational writing skills.
The Cross-Cultural Designation course is taken after the Cultural and Writing Seminars. This course satisfies a Distribution requirement, continues development of writing skills, and includes significant cross-cultural themes as preparation for the Cross-Cultural Experience.
The Cross-Cultural Experience course is taken concurrently or after the Cross-Cultural Development course. In an off-campus setting, students apply knowledge learned in the previous three courses through interactions with cultures other than their own. (CCS300 for 2 credits, NCEP courses for 4 credits, or study abroad for 12+ credits)
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In the Global Perspectives Colloquium, advanced students (usually seniors) from multiple disciplines engage in critical reading and discussion. Students reflect on their distribution courses and cross-cultural experiences while also refining their writing skills.
Fine Arts (F1, F2)
Humanities (F1, F2)
The list below displays all the courses offered by the major: