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Minor in Graphic Design

Questions about the Graphic Design Minor?

Contact Professor Cheryl Mendenhall at or the Temerlin Advertising Institute at The Temerlin Advertising Institute is located in 202 Umphrey Lee Center.

The Graphic Design minor provides a basic understanding and development of skills necessary for message design across various media. Topics and skill sets may include identity (logos, branding collateral material, packaging), digital (social, mobile, online media), publication (magazines, newspapers, books), and other areas of design. The minor is designed for students who wish to incorporate an interest in graphic design into their major coursework or to pursue further study in a variety of design disciplines.

Through this minor, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of graphic design communication
  • Demonstrate the visual and aesthetic skills needed to communicate design messages across media
  • Apply production techniques and technologies to solve graphic design problems
  • Create a design portfolio that includes both print and online collateral material
  • Understand the interrelationship of graphic design to society
  • Develop a better understanding of graphic design in the various communication industries (journalism, advertising, publishing, public relations, etc.)

Technology Requirements

Advertising majors are required to have a laptop that meets, at a minimum, these specifications.

Additionally, it's recommended Graphic Design minors have Adobe Creative Cloud (CC). SMU students can purchase Adobe CC at a discounted rate here.

See List of Interdisciplinary Courses & their Description

Requirements for the Minor Credit Hours

Core Courses

  • ADV 1360 Creative Production
  • ADV 2323
    ASAG 1310 Word and Image/Art and Design: 1900–Present
  • ADV 3323 Introduction to Graphic Design Studio (pre-requisite ADV 1360)
  • ADV 3361 Typography (pre-requisites ADV 2323/ASAG 1310 and ADV 3323)

Three from the following, with at least one course at the 4000 level or above:

  • ASIM 1300 Introduction to Digital Hybrid Media
  • ASIM 1310 Creative Coding
  • ASIM 3310 Computational Media Workshop
  • ADV 4363 Logo & Trademark Design (pre-requisite ADV 3323)
  • ADV 4364 Publication Design (pre-requisite ADV 3323)
  • ADV 4366 Visualization of Information (pre-requisite ADV 3323)

Classes are taught by faculty from the Temerlin Advertising Institute, the Division of Art, and the Center of Creative Computation.

For more information about the interdisciplinary minor in Graphic Design, contact:
Program Director, Senior Lecturer Cheryl Mendenhall

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B.A. in Advertising - Creative Specialization

B.A. in Advertising - Digital Media Strategy Specialization

B.A. in Advertising - Strategic Brand Management Specialization

Minor in Advertising

Minor in Graphic Design

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