Course Description

In this lecture course, students are introduced to the essential concepts, language, and theory of graphic design. The work of past and present international innovators will be explored and discussed. Students learn how culture and technology has influenced the history of graphic design and gain an insight into what the future of graphic design might be.


  • Provides a broad overview of the history of graphic design from the 19th to the 21st centuries.
  • Examines the evolution of design as both an artistic movement and as a response to historical, technological and sociological conditions.
  • Provides an overview of select individual designers in relation to larger movements.
  • Exploration of graphic design as a discipline that employs new modes of thinking including adapting methodologies from fields other than design.


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