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Graphic and Digital Design

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Graphic and Digital Design extended minor

This extended minor can be applied to any degree program at UFV, provided the degree accepts extended minors. This section specifies the extended minor discipline requirements only. Please refer to the specific degree section for information on additional requirements, declaration eligibility, and residency requirements.

The Graphic and Digital Design extended minor can be combined with another creative practice program only in the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Creative practice programs are offered in Creative Writing, Graphic and Digital Design, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

Note: Introductory and directed study courses are offered every semester, with 200- and 300-level courses rotating in the fall and winter. Please note that the Graphic and Digital Design extended minor culminates in upper-level courses that require a series of sequential skills obtained over several semesters. Students should make strategic course selections over at least a two year period to ensure timely program completion.

The Graphic and Digital Design extended minor offers optional streams in Dynamic Media, Interactive Design, Communication Design, or Visual Identity.

  1. Dynamic Media: GD 203, GD 216, and GD 303
    This stream is image based and introduces motion graphics, video, kinetic typography, and character design for design projects and storytelling.
  2. Interactive Design: GD 202, one of GD 204 or CIS 145, and GD 358
    This stream focuses on design for digital screens including websites, tablets, and mobile devices. Students are introduced to interface design, development, UX, and content management.
  3. Communication Design: GD 101, GD 260, and GD 317
    This stream introduces publishing, promotion, information design, and social responsibility. The emphasis is on problem solving and human-centered solutions in print and digital media.
  4. Visual Identity: GD 101, GD 260, GD 374, and GD 375
    This stream offers a foundation in communication design and introduces the field of brand identity including logo design, packaging design, and sustainability principles.

Upon successful completion of the Graphic and Digital Design extended minor, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate functional competence with principles of visual organization, visual language,
    typography, and theory as applied to visual communication problems.
  • Analyze visual communication problems using critical thinking skills.
  • Utilize processes, tools, and technology for graphic design practice.

Lower-level requirements: 18 credits

  1. GD 102 or any 100- or 200-level Art History or Media and Communication Studies course
  2. GD 154, GD 157, and GD 159
  3. 6 credits chosen from any 100- or 200-level GD courses, CIS 145, or MEDA 222:
    • For the Dynamic Media stream, choose GD 203 and GD 216.
    • For the Interactive Design stream, choose GD 202 and one of GD 204 or CIS 145.
    • For the Communication Design stream, choose GD 101 and GD 260.
    • For the Visual Identity stream, choose GD 101 and GD 260.

Upper-level requirements: 15 credits

  1. GD 361
  2. 12 credits chosen from any 300- or 400-level GD courses, MEDA 469, and VA 360:
    • For the Dynamic Media stream, choose GD 303.
    • For the Interactive Design stream, choose GD 358.
    • For the Communication Design stream, choose GD 317.
    • For the Visual Identity stream, choose GD 374 and GD 375.

Note: At least 50% of the upper-level credits must be completed at UFV.


Graphic and Digital Design minor

The Graphic and Digital Design minor offers an applied foundation in Communication Design and Interactive Design. Students are introduced to graphic design tools, processes, and professional standards of practice and will attain skills and knowledge typically required for in-house and entry-level creative industry positions.

This minor can be applied to any degree program at UFV, provided the degree accepts minors. This section specifies the minor discipline requirements only. Please refer to the specific degree section for information on additional requirements, declaration eligibility, and residency requirements.

Upon successful completion of the GDD minor, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate functional competence with principles of visual organization, visual language, typography, and theory as applied to visual communication problems.
  • Analyze visual communication problems using critical thinking skills.
  • Develop strategies for planning, producing, and disseminating visual communication.
  • Utilize processes, tools and technology for graphic design practice.

Note: Introductory and directed study courses are offered every semester, with 200- and 300-level courses rotating in the fall and winter. Please note that the Graphic and Digital Design minor culminates in upper-level courses that require a series of sequential skills obtained over several semesters. Students should make strategic course selections over at least a two year period to ensure timely program completion.

Lower-level requirements: 18 credits

  • GD 101, GD 154, GD 157, GD 159, GD 260, and (GD 204 or CIS 145)

Upper-level requirements: 15 credits

  • GD 316, GD 361, GD 358
  • 6 credits chosen from any 300- or 400-level GD courses, VA 360, or MEDA 469

Note: At least 50% of the upper-level credits must be completed at UFV.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.


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