Courses | Design, B.S.

Course Overview

The following documents outline a suggested course schedule.


Below are some of the courses you’ll have an opportunity to take as a student in this program. Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements see catalog for details.

General Education

Senior level capstone seminar in which the student will search the Bible and the literature dealing with the topic(s) under discussion in the course leading to the discovery of means whereby the subject area may be "integrated" with Biblical truth. The results of the research will be incorporated in a paper or project which will be critiqued by the seminar members and by the professor.

An introduction to the problems, methods and concepts of philosophy with an emphasis on the issues and theories of aesthetics.

Major Courses

An introduction to drawing, perspective, line, shape, value texture and composition.

An introduction to the terms, tools and techniques of visual computing for artists using the Macintosh platform. This course is designed to train students with basic computer skills and programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and to insure digital literacy.

A foundational course devoted to examining, exploring, and applying two-dimensional design concepts, including color theory and composition.

A foundational course devoted to examining, exploring, and applying three-dimensional design concepts, construction and composition.

A foundational course examining, exploring, and applying design concepts as they relate to time (the fourth dimension) and time-based artworks including focused studies in installation art, performance art, and video.

The first of a two-part survey of Western visual art and architecture, this course explores the ancient origins of Western art as well as its expressions in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Works of art are discussed in terms of style, meaning, and social context.

The second of a two-part survey of Western visual art and architecture, this course explores the great contributions to this tradition from the seventeenth century through the mid-twentieth century. Works of art are discussed in terms of style, meaning, and social context.

Students develop methods of visual communication that draw on the cumulative experience of 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D coursework. Through the use of digital/analog tools and readings related to the current discourse, students explore the process of design and communication.

A study of art produced since World War II, focusing on current movements within the international art community.

A study of the design and use of letter forms and their direct application to the typographic ideas of contrast, hierarchy, and grids. Students build skills for the art of typesetting and typographic layout, and for expressive typography and conceptual thinking.

An investigation of issues and ideas in the history of design, focusing on the development of the image from the icon to motion graphics. Individual designers and significant design movements will be covered.

A critical exploration of current graphic design forms emphasizing core design competencies including color theory, image-text integration and problem solving. A variety of software applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are used in investigating mass media and examining particular strategies, imagery and delivery.

An application of typographic principles to applied communication design projects. Skills for a building typographic relationships with text, content and image are refined. Students also investigate the application of type in a variety of media and dimension, exploring the possibilities of conceptually-based typographic design.

A consideration of psychological, technical and aesthetic concerns relating to various types of communication design including 2-D, 3-D and 4-D forms. Emphasis on production processes. Discussions include consideration of art history and its influence within communication design practice.

Apprenticeship program designed to give students first-hand exposure to professional artists, designers and art institutions. Internships individually tailored to meet the needs of the student. Approved internship experiences require student to complete a minimum of 120 hours with one or more mentors or organizations.