May 24, 2022
PROGRAM CODE: 21309
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Prof. Susan Spivack
The curriculum presented here applies to students who started the major in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. If you enrolled as a matriculant prior to that, please see the College Catalog for the year you started the major as a matriculant for the curriculum requirements that apply to you.
Consultation with the Program Advisor is required.
Upon successful completion of the Graphic Design and Illustration degree program requirements, graduates will:
- to identify the array of career paths available to this and related industries (Overview)
- be able to conceive a visual solution to a communications problem (Concept)
- discern between a resolved, well-designed, illustrated, etc., piece from a poorly designed one (Aesthetics)
- be able to employ a skill set to transition from an idea into print or digital media (Execution)
- create effective visual communications that are responsive to the needs of clients and their target audiences (Commercial Applications)
- create and maintain a professionally presented body of work (Portfolio)
- be able to critique work using an informed visual vocabulary (Presentation)
Successful completion of CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing, and ACCUPLACER CUNY Assessment Test in Math with passing examination
scores, unless otherwise exempt, or developmental courses may be required.
Civic Engagement Experiences:
Two (2) Civic Engagement experiences satisfied by Civic Engagement Certified or Civic Engagement Component courses or approved outside
Writing Intensive Requirement:
One (1) Writing Intensive course in any discipline is required. Participation in a Learning Community that includes ENG 1200 or ENG 2400 also satisfies this requirement.
Required Core (4 Courses, 12 Credits):
When Required Core courses are specified for a category, they are strongly suggested and/or required for the major
* Note: You may elect to take a math or science course that is 4 credits or more. TAP counts 3 credits towards the requirements and the 4th credit as an elective.
Flexible Core (6 Courses, 18 Credits):
When Flexible Core courses are specified for a category, they are strongly suggested and/or required for the major
One course from each Group A to E. and one (1) additional course from any group
No more than two courses can be selected from the same discipline
A. World Cultures and Global Issues Designated Course
B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity Designated Course
C. Creative Expression Designated Course
D. Individual and Society Designated Course
E. Scientific World Designated Course
Note: You may elect to take a math or science course that is 4 credits or more. TAP counts 3 credits towards the requirements and the 4th credit as an elective.
Major Requirements (7 Courses, 21 Credits):
Concentrations (3 Courses, 9 Credits):
Select one (1) of the following concentrations:
Graphic Design and Illustration (3 Courses, 9 Credits):
Animation (3 Courses, 9 Credits):
0 credits sufficient to meet required total of 60 credits