Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with and Emphasis in Web Design Ground Only

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Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design

The Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design prepares graduates for careers in the expanding digital arts and media fields, including social media and the Web, animation, and print design industries. Students will learn to plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communication problems for the global world. The program will focus on the development of creativity, communication, and problem-solving skills that demonstrate critical thinking and ethical leadership. The program covers design theory and application, including color, typography, illustration, photography, and composition principles necessary to prepare print- or Web-based design. Students will also create interactive computer graphics using state-of-the-art technologies standard in the computer graphics and design industries. Students are introduced to the principles of animation and create animations demonstrating these principles for inclusion in their professional portfolio. Courses are taught by experts in their respective fields who share knowledge and experience in areas of visual design, Web technologies, and animation. Instructors will expose students to the expanding opportunities in the field of graphic and Web design, advertising, animation, e-learning, and gaming industries. Assignments within each course guide students through historical survey, theoretical application, and collaborative team-based simulations in a studio environment. Students are encouraged to participate in the student chapter of AIGA and compete in local, national, and international competitions. Graduates of this program are prepared for entry-level positions within the expanding design industry. This program provides an opportunity for students to further study emerging Web technologies used in e-commerce and social media sites. Students will study HTML, CSS, XML, Javascript, graphic applications, and multimedia products used in the development of interactive and multimedia components found on many dynamic Web sites. Internet theory, Web page standards and policies, usability studies, e-commerce tools, and gaming on the Web will be researched and applied. Technology Requirements Students who major in the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design must purchase specific design-related technology, including hardware and software, that will be used throughout all of the courses that comprise the Digital Design major

General Education Requirements

Course to Course Review

General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Competency Requirements Total Credits
University Foundations
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will complete one of the following UNV Foundational courses: UNV 103 for students entering with under 24 credit hours or UNV 303 for students transferring 24 or more credit hours.
Effective Communication

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
9 - 12
Christian Worldview
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV 101.
Critical Thinking

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of college-level mathematics.
11 - 12
Global Awareness, Perspectives, and Ethics

Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.).
6 - 8

Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design

Maricopa Community College District transfer students who have completed the courses below, will be able to meet the course competency requirements for courses within the Bachelor of Arts in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design program at Grand Canyon University.

MCCCD Courses GCU Courses
Course Number Course Title Credits Course Number Course Title Credits
ART 202
Digital Arts Survey
3 DDN-100
Survey of the Visual Arts
ART 111
Drawing I
3 DDN-105
Drawing for the Visual Arts
ART 112
Two-Dimensional Design
3 DDN-110
Design Fundamentals
ART 177
Computer-Photographic Imaging
3 DDN-215
Digital Photography I
ART 183
Computer Aided Graphic Arts I
3 DDN-210
Designing with Type
ART 190 Art of Web Site Design 3 DDN-330 3D Modeling Design I 4
ART 192 Advanced Web Presentation Design 3 DDN-350 Web Design II 4
ART 200 Animation and Interactivity 3 DDN-220 2D Animation Design 4
ART 203 Aesthetics of Web Design 3 DDN-355 Content Management Systems 4
Total Number of MCCCD Credits Applied to GCU Web Design Major 27

*The identified MCCCD courses fulfill the competency requirements for the corresponding GCU course; however, the courses may not fulfill the credit requirements. For more information please contact an Enrollment or Academic Counselor

Upper Level Division Classes

Maricopa Community College District transfer students will need to take the courses below within the Bachelor of Arts in digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design program at Grand Canyon University. They may also need to take additional courses to meet the graduation requirements of the program. See an Enrollment Counselor for more details.

Courses Left to Complete at GCU
DDN-205 Figure Drawing 4
Web Design I
History of Design
Digital Photography II
Web Applications
Business for the Design Professional
Programming for the Web I
DDN-440 Interactive Web Design 4
Programming for the Web II
Advanced Design Practicum
Total Number of Credits Remaining for GCU Web Design Major
Total Credits Hours Needed to Complete Bachelor of Arts
in Digital Design with an Emphasis in Web Design (Ground Only)