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Graphic and Media Design

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BS Degree - Code #2534

Kylan Sattler, Program Coordinator
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The graphic and media design program provides graduates with expertise in graphic design for screen-based and print media. The program focuses on developing the contemporary problem-solving and design skills needed to apply principles of design, drawing, and visual communication. An awareness of design history is combined with the latest topics in graphic and media design to provide an informed student aimed at innovation in the field.


The graphic and media design (GMD) program at Alfred State is different from other graphic design programs. It is designed to meet the current needs for design in a time-based and screen-filled world. From cellphones to video billboards, new venues are demanding movement and interaction. This program is built to take advantage of new and ever-changing technologies and remain at the leading edge of design. Currently, designers are asked to be able to design for print and screen. This requires new thinking, new versatility, and a new type of creative problem solver. This new versatile designer is what this program is designed to produce.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate proficiency and flexibility with technology associated with graphic and media design.
  • Demonstrate use of a professional design process to conceptualize and create a finished design project.
  • Analyze their own work, as well as others through critiques, presentations, and other activities.
  • Employ critical thinking to complete problem-solving activities.
  • Create quality graphic and media design that utilizes relevant design history and theory.


  • Video and audio production studio
  • High-end computer labs
  • Screen printing
  • Large-format printing
  • Traditional materials studios
  • 24-hour studio access
  • HD video and surround-sound in each studio
  • Real-world collaborative studio environments
  • Virtual reality and 3D sculpting studio
  • 3D printing and laser cutting lab

Occupational Opportunities

  • Graphic design
  • Media design
  • Fine art
  • Video and audio production
  • Marketing
  • Communication
  • Education

Related Programs

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry

Recommended: Algebra 2

Office of Accessibility Services

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Required Equipment

A tier 4 or Apple MacBook Pro laptop computer is required for students entering the graphic and media design program. Laptop specifications are available at




DGMA 1401 Freshman Seminar 1
DGMA 1403 Digital Foundations I 3
DGMA 1423 Intro to Visual Communication 3
DGMA 1413 Foundations:Form/Space Rltnshp 3
COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
FNAT 1313 Art History 3


FNAT 2333 Survey of Design 3
DGMA 2503 Digital Foundations II 3
FNAT 2423 3D Design/Color 3
GLST 2113 Global Perspectives:Spcl Topic 3
MATH xxx3 Math Elective 3


DGMA 3303 Digital Photography 3
DGMA 3503 Typography 3
DGMA 3603 Production I 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/Social Science Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/Natural Science Elective 3
LITR xxx3 Literature Elective 3


FNAT 3513 Art History II 3
DGMA 4103 Interactive Design 3
XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective 3
COMP 3603 Writing for Emergent Media 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
SPCH xxx3 Effective Speaking or Equivalent 3


DGMA 6103 Production II 3
DGMA 5603 Interactive Media 3
XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective (Upper Level) 3
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective (Upper Level) 3


XXXX xxx3 Technical Elective (Upper Level) 3
DGMA 6203 Motion Graphics 3
DGMA 7703 Adv Topics Interactive Design 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed/LAS Elective (WC or FL) 3
XXXX  xxx3 LAS Elective (Upper Level) 3


DGMA 7803 Professional Practices 3
DGMA 6303 Special Topics Media Design I 3
DGMA 7603 Advanced Motion Graphics 3
XXXX xxx3 LAS Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 LAS Elective 3


DGMA 8403 Sr Studio Proj - Media Design 3
DGMA 8503 Special Topics Media Design II 3
DGMA 8203 Media Design Seminar 3
XXXX  xxx3 LAS Elective 3
XXXX  xxx3 Gen Ed/LASElective 3


Graduation Requirements

To fulfill degree requirements, each student must complete 124 total semester credit hours, including a minimum of 60 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from eight of the 10 State University of New York general education categories, and earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of "C" or better in the core courses (DGMA and FNAT prefixes).

Students are required to complete a digital portfolio assignment and annual review to meet graduation requirements.

A typical day consists of two, one-hour lectures and a two-hour studio in the freshman and sophomore years.