Graphic Design (ARTGR)

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Courses

Courses primarily for undergraduates:

(0-6) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: DSN S 102, DSN S 131; admission to the graphic design program through department review
Introduction to the fundamental skills required in the graphic design profession.

(0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ARTGR 270
Reinforces and further explores the fundamental skills, principles, and tools required for effective visual communication.

(0-6) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in ARTGR 270 OR ARTGR 271
This course will address the development of "seeing" as a medium design, expression, and visual communication including compositional dynamics, advanced digital image manipulation, software usage and support, digital camera operations along with scanning and other digital input devices, color management, digital format for presentation and printing with digital ready formats.

(0-6) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in ARTGR 270
Emphasizes foundational typographic principles from letterform construction to hierarchies of extended text, directed toward typographic vocabulary, and typographic organization. Students will also understand both classical and contemporary typographic forms, as well as having the ability to construct typographic compositions and systems.

(0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in ARTGR 271
Advances the skills and principles learned in Graphic Design Typography I. Exploration of more complex problems that address typographic hierarchy, context, sequence and typography and image.

(0-6) Cr. 3.


Basic 2-dimensional computer skills for graphic design.

(0-6) Cr. 3. S.


Basic 3-dimensional computer skills for graphic design.

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.


Introduction to basic principles of visual communication that contribute to the successful comprehension of intended visual messages; these include promotional messages, such as corporate branding and marketing campaigns, as well as informational messages, such as those used in computer interface design or in the clear presentation of diagrammatic data. Emphasis is placed on sensitivity to the diversity of the intended American or global audience, and to the cross-cultural differences that may affect the ways that visual messages are interpreted. Methods for creating brand experiences are explored as they apply to both small and large enterprises, ranging from personal brand to corporate brand identities.

(0-6) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: ARTGR 271, ARTGR 276, and credit or concurrent enrollment in ARTGR 387
Creation and design of images and symbols for communication. Application and integration of typography with images and symbols.

(0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ARTGR 370 and ARTGR 387
Development and preparation of design concepts for application to the printing and electronic publishing process. Creative problem-solving skills, introduction to systems design.

(3-0) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Junior standing within the graphic design program.
Introduction to the processes and materials involved in graphic design production. Course covers production ranging from pre-press to digital media.

(1-0) Cr. 1.

Prereq: Junior standing within the graphic design program.
Professional preparation for graphic design internship.

(2-0) Cr. 2.

Prereq: Credit or concurrent enrollment in ARTGR 370
Lecture, discussion and writing about the critical issues facing the communications field today and in the future.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 587). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.


Late nineteenth century to the 1990s. This course will explore the cultural, social, political, industrial, and technological forces that have influenced the practice of graphic design in Britain, Europe, and the United States. Students will study the historical issues and problems facing designers, their clients, and their publics.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 588). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.


Critical issues that affect the contemporary practice of graphic design as it relates to the United States. Students will study a variety of issues that include, but are not exclusive to, new media, gender, class, design and the public sphere, design as social action, postmodern design theory, sustainability, and ethical practice.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(0-1) Cr. 1. Repeatable, maximum of 2 credits.

Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in 300 or 400 level graphic design studio course
Travel, study, and tours of areas of interest within the graphic design profession such as print production companies, design studios, and museums. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 563). (0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
3D visualization in a Motion Graphics context. Emphasis on design in 3D computer animation as it relates to various electronic media.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 564). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
Studio in experimental techniques using the digital drawing tablet combined with manual drawing mediums, exploring the digital tablet, scanner, and camera as ways to collect and make images, conceptual and compositional development of digital techniques and software, and connecting digital techniques to visual processes and ideation. Understanding of different ways of working digitally while exploring image-making processes.

(0-6) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: ARTGR 371
Advanced design systems as applied to corporate identity and environmental graphic design. Symbology as an integrated component of communication systems.

(0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ARTGR 470 or permission of instructor
Experience design and innovation in a multi-disciplinary design studio. Class will use unique research, design, evaluation, creativity, and innovation methodologies to solve human problems on special topics. Designed solutions will be in the form of products, artifacts, interfaces, information, and human environments.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 572). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
Photography as a tool for creating conceptually-driven images and metaphors. Emphasis is on photography as an evocative storytelling device for a range of audiences and design applications. Compositional and technical aspects are explored to ensure successful interpretation of the photograph's intended message.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 573). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
The design of visual, aural and textual communication for electronic media.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 574). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
Visual communication applied to exhibition design focusing on educational or interactive museum exhibitions, trade show booth design, and modular unit design for traveling exhibitions. Translation of graphic information to a three-dimensional space.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 575). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program Graduate: Graduate classification in College of Design
Typographic theory exploring traditional and non-traditional forms, both historical and contemporary typographic achievements.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 576). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
Analysis and application of scientific, systematic, and non-traditional problem-solving and problem-seeking techniques.

(0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in ARTGR 370, ARTGR 371, or ARTGR 470
Graphic design outreach and problem solving. Individual and group projects for non-profit clients selected by the instructor.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 578). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
The development of advanced and experimental web design.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 579). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
Study of the navigational challenges of built environments and outdoor spaces, including site analysis, development of navigational plans, and design of wayfinding sign systems. Issues of function, accessibility, legibility, and fabrication are considered.

(3-0) Cr. 3. SS.

Prereq: ARTGR 377, 12 credits in graphic design; permission of instructor, registration in advance of enrollment
Graphic design experience in an off-campus professional environment.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Credit or concurrent enrollment in ARTGR 470
Professional design management: ethics, setting up a new business, client/designer relationships, contractual options, billing practices, and effective operating procedures.

(0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Junior or senior standing within the graphic design program
Exploration and development of job application materials and presentation skills.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 584). Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
Special issues related to graphic design. Topics vary each time offered.

Cr. 1-6. Repeatable.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment
Student must have completed related graphic design coursework appropriate to planned independent study. Offered on a graded basis or a satisfactory-fail basis.

Cr. 1-6. Repeatable.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment
Student must have completed related graphic design coursework appropriate to planned independent study. Offered on a graded basis or a satisfactory-fail basis.

Cr. 1-6. Repeatable.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment
Student must have completed related graphic design coursework appropriate to planned independent study. Offered on a graded basis or a satisfactory-fail basis.

Cr. 1-6. Repeatable.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment
Student must have completed related graphic design coursework appropriate to planned independent study. Offered on a graded basis or a satisfactory-fail basis.

Cr. 1-6. Repeatable.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment
Student must have completed related graphic design coursework appropriate to planned independent study. Offered on a graded basis or a satisfactory-fail basis.

Cr. 1-6. Repeatable.

Prereq: Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment
Student must have completed related graphic design coursework appropriate to planned independent study. Offered on a graded basis or a satisfactory-fail basis.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 591). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
The philosophy, concepts, and structures of publication design.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 592). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
The philosophy, concepts, and structures of systems thinking in graphic design.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.

Prereq: Evidence of satisfactory experience in area of specialization
Intensive 2 to 4 week studio exploration. Topics vary each time offered.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 595). Cr. 3. SS.

Prereq: Permission of instructor
International study abroad program with visits to design studios, art museums, and educational facilities.

Cr. R. Repeatable.

Prereq: Concurrent enrollment in Iowa State University Graphic Design Study Abroad Rome Program or an equivalent approved program; DSN S 301 is a prerequisite for students going to Rome.
Study and tours of museums, galleries, artist and/or designer studios, and other areas of interest within art and design. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-1) Cr. 1. Repeatable. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Acceptance to the undergraduate or graduate programs in graphic design.
Introduction to places related to graphic design in urban environments such as museums and design studios. Culture and context of design in the urban environment. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduates:

(3-0) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: Graduate classification in College of Design or permission of instructor.
This course will investigate graphic design as a tool to represent and create imageability in the mind of the audience, through relevant readings in graphic design theory and principles of visual organization in various media.

(0-6) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: Graduate classification in College of Design or permission of instructor.
Introduction to a range of research topics, methods, and ideas that are predicated on learning through the process of creation.

(0-6) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: Graduate classification in College of Design or permission of instructor.
Theory and investigation of systems, structures, principles of visual organization for communication through the experimental application of traditional and non-traditional media. Studio problems will be influenced by social, cultural, environmental, or technological factors.

(3-0) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Graduate classification in College of Design or permission of instructor.
Introduction to semiotics as it relates to art, design and culture. Historical and contemporary vantage points and the importance of designers as makers of meaning. Key concepts of semiotics and the interrelationship between message, meaning, design and culture.

(0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Enrollment in the Graphic Design Graduate Program or permission of instructor.
In this advanced graduate graphic design studio led by a variety of faculty, students will be introduced to a range of research topics, methods and ideas that are predicated on learning through the process of creation.

(0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Enrollment in the Graphic Design Graduate Program or permission of instructor.
Advanced theory and investigation of critical media and application of principles of visual organization for communication. Through hypothetical design work with critical media tools, studio problems will examine and be informed by social, cultural, environmental, or technological factors.

(0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Graduate enrollment in the Graphic Design Program or graduate enrollment in College of Design or permission of instructor
The exploration and design of interface/interaction with products, systems, and technologies.

(0-1) Cr. 1. F.

Prereq: Acceptance to graphic design graduate program.
Exploration, formulation, and structuring of graduate thesis topic, investigation of design research and creative scholarship. Offered on a satisfactory-fail basis only.

(0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Graduate enrollment in the Graphic Design Program or graduate enrollment in College of Design or permission of instructor
The exploration and design of educational experiences and artifacts as they relate to the social, emotional, and behavioral aspects of society.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 463). (0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
3D visualization in a Motion Graphics context. Emphasis on design in 3D computer animation as it relates to various electronic media.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 464). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
Studio in experimental techniques using the digital drawing tablet combined with manual drawing mediums, exploring the digital tablet, scanner, and camera as ways to collect and make images, conceptual and compositional development of digital techniques and software, and connecting digital techniques to visual processes and ideation. Understanding of different ways of working digitally while exploring image-making processes.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 472). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
Photography as a tool for creating conceptually-driven images and metaphors. Emphasis is on photography as an evocative storytelling device for a range of audiences and design applications. Compositional and technical aspects are explored to ensure successful interpretation of the photograph's intended message.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 473). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
The design of visual, aural and textual communication for electronic media.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 474). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
Visual communication applied to exhibition design focusing on educational or interactive museum exhibitions, trade show booth design, and modular unit design for traveling exhibitions. Translation of graphic information to a three-dimensional space.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 475). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program Graduate: Graduate classification in College of Design
Typographic theory exploring traditional and non-traditional forms, both historical and contemporary typographic achievements.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 476). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
Analysis and application of scientific, systematic, and non-traditional problem-solving and problem-seeking techniques.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 478). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
The development of advanced and experimental web design.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 479). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design
Study of the navigational challenges of built environments and outdoor spaces, including site analysis, development of navigational plans, and design of wayfinding sign systems. Issues of function, accessibility, legibility, and fabrication are considered.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 484). Cr. 1-3. Repeatable, maximum of 9 credits. F.S.SS.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
Special issues related to graphic design. Topics vary each time offered.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 387). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.


Late nineteenth century to the 1990s. This course will explore the cultural, social, political, industrial, and technological forces that have influenced the practice of graphic design in Britain, Europe, and the United States. Students will study the historical issues and problems facing designers, their clients, and their publics.
Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 388). (3-0) Cr. 3. S.


Critical issues that affect the contemporary practice of graphic design as it relates to the United States. Students will study a variety of issues that include, but are not exclusive to, new media, gender, class, design and the public sphere, design as social action, postmodern design theory, sustainability, and ethical practice.
Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement

(Cross-listed with HCI). (3-0) Cr. 3. F.S.

Prereq: Graduate classification or permission of instructor.
Issues in ethics and decision-making as they relate to technology, design, design research, HCI, and the design industry.

Cr. arr.

Prereq: Bachelor's degree in graphic design, or evidence of satisfactory equivalency in specialized area
Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment.

Cr. arr.

Prereq: Bachelor's degree in graphic design, or evidence of satisfactory equivalency in specialized area
Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment.

Cr. arr.

Prereq: Bachelor's degree in graphic design, or evidence of satisfactory equivalency in specialized area
Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment.

Cr. arr.

Prereq: Bachelor's degree in graphic design, or evidence of satisfactory equivalency in specialized area
Written approval of instructor and department chair on required form in advance of semester of enrollment.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 491). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
The philosophy, concepts, and structures of publication design.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 492). (0-6) Cr. 3.

Prereq: Undergraduate: Junior or senior standing in the graphic design program. Graduate: Graduate enrollment in College of Design.
The philosophy, concepts, and structures of systems thinking in graphic design.

Cr. 1-3. Repeatable.

Prereq: Graduate classification; evidence of satisfactory experience in area of specialization
Intensive 2 to 4 week studio exploration. Topics vary each time offered.

(Dual-listed with ARTGR 495). Cr. 3. SS.

Prereq: Permission of instructor
International study abroad program with visits to design studios, art museums, and educational facilities.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.


Courses for graduate students:

(0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ARTGR 531, Graduate enrollment in the College of Design.
Initial development and exploration of graduate thesis topic, investigation of design research and creative scholarship. Determine Faculty Committee and Program of Study and file forms with Graduate College.

(0-6) Cr. 3. F.

Prereq: ARTGR 610.
Advanced creative scholarship in specialized area of focus within graphic design. Culminates in a development plan, preliminary design work, and supporting documentation.

(0-6) Cr. 3. S.

Prereq: ARTGR 620
Advanced research component in specialized area of focus within graphic design. Advances a development plan, preliminary design work, and supporting documentation.

Cr. arr. Repeatable.


Cr. arr. Repeatable.