ARTH 56900 History of Graphic Design

This course is the study of the history of graphic design, communication, and popular visual culture from the late nineteenth century to the present with an emphasis on the influence of technology, culture, major artistic movements, and socio-political factors on the evolution of graphic design. Students will investigate the development of the design field in Europe and the United States in case studies and analyze how theories relating to mass production, politics, and social psychology affected trends from Art Nouveau to Postmodernism. This class may require the use of a virtual reality headset identified by the instructor.