B.S. in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program prepares accomplished graphic designers with critical minds to evaluate their own work.

The curriculum provides a comprehensive education through a range of theoretical and practical courses tackling various design experiences.

A multi-faceted discipline, graphic design offers wide opportunities for working with agencies, design studios, publishing houses, television production houses, or as freelancers designing websites, typefaces, animated sequences, interfaces, packaging, identities, posters and exhibitions.

Students have the choice between two emphases: print design and digital design. The concentration of each emphasis is conveyed in the final senior project.

A total of 118 credits are required for the Bachelor of Science  in Graphic Design, excluding the freshman year.

Curriculum

A total of 118 credits are required to graduate, based on:

  • Foundation Requirements (25 credits)
  • Major Core Requirements (45 credits)
  • Emphasis (15 credits)
  • Graphic Design Elective (3 credits)
  • Art Elective (3 credits)
  • Liberal Arts Core (LAC) Curriculum (12 credits)
  • LAC Electives (21 credits)

A Senior Project is required of all students in addition to successful completion of the course of study.

Foundation Requirements

See Foundation Program.

Major Core Requirements

Number Name Cr.
ART222 Drawing II 3
ART332 or ART431 History of Art II or Modern Art 3
ART—- Art Elective 3
GRA212 Introduction to Typography 3
GRA301 Intermediate Computer Graphics 3
GRA302 Advanced Computer Graphics 3
GRA324 Intermediate Typography 2
GAR325 Thematic Workshop I 1
GRA342 Art of Illustration 3
GRA351 Graphic Design I 3
GRA352 Graphic Design II 3
GRA431 History of Graphic Design 3
GRA432 Visual Perception 3
GRA462 Graphic Design Seminar 3
GRA465 Thematic Workshop II 1
GRA488 Graphic Design Portfolio 1
GRA490 Graphic Design Internship 1
MKT201 Introduction to Marketing 3

Emphasis

A. Print Design

Number Name Cr.
GRA312 Printing Variables 3
GRA411 Advanced Typography 3
GRA451 Graphic Design III 3
GRA455 Advertising Design 3
GRA499 Senior Project 3

B. Digital Design

Number Name Cr.
GRA482 Motion Design 3
GRA484 Web Design 3
GRA486 Advanced Interactive Design 3
GRA487 3D Animation Techniques 3
GRA499 Senior Project 3

Graphic Design Elective

Choose any course of the following.

A. Print Design

Number Name Cr.
GRA331 Design Management 3
GRA341 Art of Calligraphy 3
GRA345 Silkscreen & Binding 3
GRA361 Designing for Social Change 3
GRA391 Graphic Design International Studio 3
GRA484 Web Design 3
GRA486 Advanced Interactive Design 3
GRA487 3D Animation Techniques 3

B. Digital Design

Number Name Cr.
GRA331 Design Management 3
GRA341 Art of Calligraphy 3
GRA345 Silkscreen & Binding 3
GRA361 Designing for Social Change 3
GRA391 Graphic Design International Studio 3
GRA411 Advanced Typography 3
GRA455 Advertising Design 3
GRA499 Senior Project 3

Art Elective

Choose any course of the following.

Number Name Cr.
ART211 Ceramics 3
ART334 Graphics 3
ART341 Painting I 3
ART351 Sculpture I 3
COM222 Introduction to Radio/TV/Film 3
COM244 Introduction to Technical Stagecraft 3
COM247 Theater in Performance 3
MUS201 Fundamentals of Music 3
PHO301 Studio Photography 3
PHO311 Digital Imaging Technologies 3

Extracurricular Activities

The program engages students in a variety of extracurricular activities. Local, regional and international presenters regularly host talks and workshops within the department. Additional events are hosted annually in collaboration with Beirut Design Week at LAU. Students from the program annually participate in the exhibition and publication of their work. The program also encourages students to participate in a variety of design competitions so students can gain hands-on experiences and recognition for their work.

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation Graphic Design students pursue careers within design industries or studies within master programs at some of the world leading universities. Graduates of the program may work within advertising, television, publishing, web design, interactive media, packaging, branding, and typeface design. Additionally, graduates may embark on careers as design managers or consultants leading their own design practices.

Mission

The Mission of the Graphic Design Program is to educate competent designers with proficient skills, an appreciation of arts and a broad cultural knowledge that would allow them to become effective design leaders, innovative visual communicators and critical thinkers.

Program Objectives

The purpose of the Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design is:

  1. Construct an up-to-date curriculum in both artistic and technological innovations within the profession

  2. Provide students with a leading edge design education through the study of both print and multi-media.

  3. Apply competitive skills for better career opportunities. 

  4. Devise theoretical and practical research, creativity and self-motivation that yield to effective   design solutions.
  5. Use an interdisciplinary approach relating design thinking to the process of planning, analyzing, evaluating and creating.

Program Outcomes


Upon the completion of the graphic design program, students should be able to:


  1. Create effective visual and technical solutions to communication problems

  2. Evaluate effective visual solutions to communication problems 

  3. Explain the role of visual culture within historical and contemporary contexts 

  4. Apply strategic thinking in the development of design solutions

  5. Analyze, present and communicate conceptual inquiry

  6. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge in handling bilingual typography 

  7. Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively as an effective