Bachelor of Arts in Graphic and Interactive Design

Program Contact: Pattie Belle Hastings 203-582-8450

The Graphic and Interactive Design major provides students with in-depth, hands-on experience in the design and authoring of original interactive work for a range of media including web, print, motion graphics and mobile devices. Students have the opportunity to study graphic design and interactive design, emphasizing creative thinking, visual literacy and technological proficiency. The program provides a rigorous curriculum of conceptualization, problem solving, innovation, critical thinking and visualization. It acknowledges that design is a cultural catalyst that bridges commerce and social causes. Students graduating from this program are well prepared to meet the challenges within the field of interactive and graphic design. The areas of study are always evolving and include typography, print design, motion graphics, web design and mobile interaction design.

There are a total of 33 credits in the major. 24 of those credits are derived from graphic and interactive design required courses. An additional 9 credits (three courses) are chosen from a list of graphic and interactive design electives. 

BA in Graphic and Interactive Design Curriculum

University Curriculum 146
Required School of Communications core courses 2
COM 120Media Industries and Trends3
COM 130Visual Design3
COM 140Storytelling3
School of Communications Requirements
Global Issues and Cultures, select two courses6
Additional courses outside the School of Communications, one of which must be at the 200-level or higher6
Seminars for Success
COM 101Communications First-Year Seminar1
COM 201Media Career Development1
Required Graphic and Interactive Design courses
IDD 110Design Research and Methods3
IDD 161Web Design I3
IDD 250Web Design II3
IDD 270Typography I3
IDD 301Motion Graphics I3
IDD 315Mobile Interaction Design3
IDD 410Web Design III3
IDD 480Senior Seminar and Portfolio3
Graphic and Interactive Design Electives 3
Select three of the following with the recommendation of the student’s adviser:9
Photography I
Photography II
Communications Career Internship
Programming and Problem Solving
Special Topics in IDD (as needed)
Graphic Design History
Special Topics in IDD (as needed)
Digital Photography
Typography II
Advanced Independent Studio Work in Graphic and Interactive Design
Special Topics in IDD (as needed)
Alternative Interfaces
Motion Graphics II
Minor Courses18
Total Credits120

All students must complete the 46 credits of the University Curriculum.


Core must be completed by end of sophomore year.


Substitutions to this list are permitted with prior approval of the student’s adviser and the director of graphic and interactive design.

Minor Requirement

Students enrolled in the graphic and interactive design program are required to complete a minor (typically 18 credits) that will complement their career and/or personal interests. This minor can be from any program either within or outside the School of Communications.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the BA in Graphic and Interactive Design program:

  • solve creative problems— students are able to solve creative problems within the field of design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic and conceptual knowledge. This is demonstrated by the ability to create and develop visual responses to communication problems, including understanding of hierarchy, typography, aesthetics, composition and construction of meaningful images.
  • communicate ideas—students are able to communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral and written presentation skills relevant to their field. This is evident in the ability to construct verbal and written arguments for solutions that address the needs of the organization or community.
  • actualize concepts—students are able to actualize technical, aesthetic and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of design principles and by using appropriate tools and technology. This includes knowing how to learn technology with the recognition that technological change is constant.
  • evaluate solutions—students are able to evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology and demonstrating fluency in the use of the formal vocabulary and concepts of design. This includes recognizing the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on design products and services.
  • implement processes—students are able to implement design processes with a strategic understanding of how communication is planned, produced and distributed. This is exhibited by the ability to solve communication problems including identifying the problem, researching, analysis, solution generating, prototyping, user testing and outcome evaluation.
  • produce professional design—students are able to produce a body of design work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen branch of design. This body of work demonstrates effective use of typography, images, diagrams, motion, sequencing and color with an informed consideration of content, elements, structure and style.

Admission Requirements: School of Communications

The requirements for admission into the undergraduate School of Communications programs are the same as those for admission to Quinnipiac University.

Admission to the university is competitive, and applicants are expected to present a strong college prep program in high school. Prospective freshmen are strongly encouraged to file an application as early in the senior year as possible, and arrange to have first quarter grades sent from their high school counselor as soon as they are available.

For detailed admission requirements, including required documents, please visit the Admissions page of this catalog.