Jan 21, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Department of Communication Arts

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Jennifer G. Newton, Chair and Graphic Communications Coordinator
Robbin L. Buller, Studio Art Coordinator
Jason S. Fowler, Graphic Design Coordinator
Steven E. Harders
Mitchell E. Henke
Samuel C. Miller, Mass Communication Coordinator
Michelle L. Sureus

Mission Statement

The Department of Communication Arts mission is to offer our students a well-rounded and comprehensive educational experience in the graphic communications, packaging, imaging industries, graphic design, mass communication, and studio art. We will do this by providing staff, facilities, and curriculum responsive to current industry trends.

Graphic Communications Educational Outcomes

  1. Graduates will have a comprehensive technical knowledge of the printing processes, technologies, and hands-on skills in graphic communications.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to design and manufacture graphic communications products using the methods of the discipline to industry standards.
  3. Graduates will be able to apply critical thinking, oral, written, and effective listening skills.
  4. Graduates will have a depth of understanding that will afford them the opportunity to have a career in the field of graphic communications or advanced studies

Graphic Design Educational Outcomes

  1. Graduates will demonstrate aesthetic and historical understanding in the visual arts.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of aesthetics and design, media specialization, and professional presentation and skill in the application of their chosen artistic media
  3. Graduates will be able to apply critical thinking, oral, written, and effective listening skills.
  4. Graduates will demonstrate professional growth and development in the visual arts that prepares them to pursue graduate studies or a career in an art-related field.

Portfolio Process for Graphic Design and Studio Art

Annual Portfolio Reviews: Each art student is also required to submit a portfolio for annual reviews. Submission dates are established at the beginning of each semester and will appear in art course syllabi. Should a student’s portfolio be rejected, he/she may make appropriate changes within a time frame established by the professors. Eligibility for upper level courses and continuance in the art program is established by approval of portfolio.

Final Senior Portfolio Review: Graduating seniors must submit a final senior portfolio as part of the ART 499  capstone course. All art major students are required to take ART 499 - Senior Exhibition/Portfolio   and pass the senior portfolio review, and participate in a solo or group senior exhibition prior to graduation.

Portfolio Requirements for Graphic Design and Studio Art

Students must submit portfolios to continue in the art program. Please include a variety of work appropriate to demonstrate your graphic design/studio art potential, your creativity and technical skills. Include the following:

  • Number of Pieces - first review (minimum of 10), second review (minimum of 15),   (minimum of 20).
  • Media - Specific requirements for submissions are set at the beginning of each semester and made available to students.
  • Format - Only electronic submissions, a CD with PDF files of artwork, are accepted.
  • Submission Deadline - Submissions are required in conjunction with enrollment in certain courses, including ART 499. Criteria and due dates are discussed at applicable times.

There are no portfolio requirements for students majoring in graphic communications.

Mass Communication Educational Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge pertaining to the historical underpinnings of the field and how roles, theories, and practices have developed and influenced the study of mass communication.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate the role of mass communication in society, explain mass communication theories, and describe mass communication business, professional, and regulatory practices.
  3. Students will be able to create media content that addresses a communication goal or goals and prepare a professional quality communication product.
  4. Students will be able to write and speak clearly and concisely in the appropriate media style and develop visual content that is appropriate in the field.
  5. Students will be able to demonstrate the academic knowledge, skills, and practices required for success in graduate school and/or in a mass communication-related career.


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