The Graphic Design curriculum gets you thinking from the micro to the macro levels, about craft and concept, and combines physical making with digital skills to help you grow your unique voice as a designer. You'll find you have plenty of options to tailor your experience.

  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
ID Course Title Fall Spring
FN100  **First Year Seminar (is req. if fewer than 30 transfer credits) 1  
FD101  Visual Elements 2-D 3 *
FD105  Basic Drawing 3 *
FD112  Time Arts 3 *
LA122  Writing in Context 3  
LA125  Exploring Visual Culture 3  
FD102  Visual Elements Digital Tools * 3
FD111  3-D Design * 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
LA225  Perspectives on Society and Culture   3
Studio Elective   3
TOTAL 15-16 15

**FN100 First Year Seminar is required of all freshman with fewer than 30 transfer credits.

ID Course Title Fall Spring
AH210  Intro to World Art History 3  
GD241  Design Studio I: Signs & Symbols 3  
GD245  Typography I 3  
GD247  Production 3  
LA225  Perspectives on Society & Culture 3 *
AH213  History of Design Arts * 3
MTH101 Math or SCI223 Science * 3
GD242  Design Studio I: Psychology of Seeing   3
GD246  Typography II   3
GD251  Fundamentals of Interactive Media   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
*Required Studio Elective from suggested menu of courses, including Environment and Experience, Interface and Structure, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Printmaking, and more. 3 *
Art History Elective (200-300 level) 3 *
GD341  Design Studio II: Culture & Audience 3  
GD351  Motion Graphics 3  
LA321  Social Science Seminar 3 *
LA325  Literature Seminar * 3
Liberal Arts Elective* (300-400 level) * 3
GD342  Design Studio II: Rhetoric & Persuasion   3
GD344  Marketing & Branding   3
Studio Elective   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring

ID Course Title Fall Spring
GD443  Graphic Design Advanced Studio: Strategy 3  
GD444  Graphic Design Advanced Studio: Vision 3 *
DA453  Design Arts Thesis Development 3  
LA421  Research for a Creative Practice 3  
Studio Elective 3 3
Art History Elective (300-400 level) * 3
DA400  Design Arts Thesis   3
DA441 Graphic Design Internship or DA445 Center for Design   3
Liberal Arts Elective* (300-400 level)   3
TOTAL 15 15

*Can be taken Fall or Spring


Foundation Year

A time to explore

In your Foundation Year, you’ll be immersed from day one in media and making of all kinds from drawing, design, and sculpture, to digital tools, motion, and performance. It’s a year of discovery: a time to explore new ways of thinking and making, meet new friends, and get to know your new community.

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Preparing for graduation

Your senior year is an exciting time of transition from student to working artist and designer. The focus of your senior year is conceiving a thesis project of your own design and producing it with the support of faculty, your peers, and a mentor who works with you one-on-one.

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Areas of Study

Freedom to focus

PNCA offers ten undergraduate majors, all of which offer you choices in your electives and liberal arts courses. This means that whatever your major, you have the freedom to focus many of your course choices around your particular area of interest. We've outlined the following Areas of Study to give you a sense of the scope of courses available at PNCA.

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Liberal Arts

Fortify your intellectual foundation

Liberal Arts courses round out your education, helping you become a more thoughtful, well-rounded artist and designer. Explore widely or select your courses to focus on one of what we call Areas of Study.

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Come tour PNCA today!

Come explore and experience how PNCA is dedicated to empowering students to reimagine what art and design can do in the world.