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Visual & Performing Arts

The Visual & Performing Arts Major in Graphic Design: Requirements

The Graphic Design Major requires the completion of a minimum of 64 credits and a minimum of 16 courses, as specified below:

Art History / Critical Analysis and Process Courses

One of the following two courses in Art History:

FAA 1610 Art and Material Culture I: Prehistory to the Renaissance OR

FAA 1620 Art and Material Culture II: The Renaissance to the Present

And the following three courses:

FAA 1710 Foundations of the Visual

FAA 3850 History of Graphic Design

FAA 3960 Methodologies of Scholarship in the Visual and Performing Arts

Foundations Courses

One of the following three courses:

FAA 1210 Basic Drawing I OR

FAA 2210 Basic Drawing II OR

FAA 2220 Cartooning and Illustration

And the following five courses:

FAA 1230 2-Dimensional Design

FAA 2230 3-Dimensional Design

FAA 2830 Layout Analysis and Construction

FAA 2840 Image Making and Meaning

FAA 2860 Graphic Design I

Required Pass / No Pass non-credit course. Submission of portfolio after Foundation Coursework completed. Pass to continue in major.

FAA 3800

Portfolio Review

Advanced Courses

FAA 3830 

Visual Web Design

FAA 3840 

2-Dimensional Animation

FAA 3870 

Graphic Design II

FAA 3880 

Graphic Design III

Senior Courses

FAA 4950

Senior Portfolio

FAA 4960

Senior Seminar with Thesis


FAA 4910/20

Visual and Performing Arts Internship

Technology Requirement:

Students are required to utilize creative industry standard technology. Freshman and sophomore years: Macintosh iPad with Stylus and an Adobe Creative Suite Student Subscription. Junior and senior years: Macintosh Mac Book Pro and an Adobe Creative Suite Student Subscription. The Mobile Merrimack Initiative and Merrimack’s Optional Laptop Program are two programs helping students stay competitive in the marketplace. If you have any questions about the technology requirements, please contact Associate Professor Nancy Wynn.

Career Paths 



Please contact:
Nancy Wynn
Associate Professor, Visual Graphic Design