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Minor in Graphic Design

Program Overview

Graphic design is a creative, exciting discipline that gives form to innovative concepts and products, and that visualizes solutions for today’s complex and pressing problems. Designers no longer simply create pleasing visual communications; they develop strategies and tactical approaches to serve the needs of business and industry, on time and within the budget.

The minor in Graphic Design allows students to learn design thinking and making, appreciate the role of how graphic design plays in everyday life, and explore their design interests. Students will also experience the interdisciplinary environment of the design process how to work with similar experts in their prospective careers.

What is Graphic Design?

Visual communication. Packaging. Information. Branding. Connecting people with ideas and products and places. Aesthetics. Typography. Web, mobile apps, and interface development. Visual marketing. Information architecture. Interaction design. Crafting user experiences in the built and digital worlds. Helping companies reach consumers. Making causes memorable and accessible. Carefully considered communication of concepts to diverse audiences. Making ideas beautiful and information exciting. Graphic design explores systems, methods, and strategies for integrating typography, imagery, and form into a visual language that creates value, elicits emotion, and fosters understanding. Simply put, graphic design is an extraordinarily rich toolset for communicating the human experience.

You might like this program if...

  • Bad typography on billboards and passing trucks drives you nuts.
  • You love words and images and colors.
  • You are engaged and creative, digital, and analog.
  • You like art, advertising, psychology, and entrepreneurship.
  • You defy classification and don't like being stuck in ruts.

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Minor requires 21 credits

Penn State Bulletin listing for the Graphic Design Minor


Please note: This minor takes three full years to complete from the fall of entry.

Year 1

  • GD 100 Introduction to Graphic Design 3 (fall or spring)
  • GD 101 Thinking Creatively: Defining Problems, Solving Problems, and Generating Ideas in Graphic Design 3 (fall)
  • GD 102 Introductory Design Studio 3 (spring)

Year 2

  • GD 200 Graphic Desgin Studio I 3 (fall)
  • GD 201 Typography 3 (fall)

Year 3

  • GD 405 Minor Advanced Studio 3 (fall)
  • GD 406 Minor Capstone Studio 3 (spring)

Pre-minor Academic Advising

Joel Priddy
Associate Professor of Graphic Design
24D Borland Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814.865.2309
Email: jdp19@psu.edu

Academic Advising for students accepted into the Graphic Design Minor

Erica Quinn
Stuckeman School Undergraduate Academic Adviser
127 Stuckeman Family Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814.865.5985
Email: stuckemanadviser@psu.edu