If you would like the AP credit to count toward a specific course for your degree, contact the Art Department Chair (Aaron Fine) and submit the AP portfolio of work (the same work that you submitted for AP credit), your official scores, and a Request for Substitution for Credit form. Only 3 hours of AP credit can be substituted for ART101 Art Studio Foundations I. The art faculty will review the portfolio and approve the AP credit either for ART101 Art Studio Foundations or as ART elective credit depending upon the strength of the work. Please submit digital portfolios.
To address the varying range of art skills incoming students bring to Truman, we require all Design and Studio Art majors to complete the same foundation art classes before moving into the upper-level major classes. Design majors must understand and be able to use the same visual/creative principles and elements that studio artists use.
Not all graphic designers are great artists or illustrators, but all graphic designers will be expected to illustrate or create graphics used in their designs. Designs are not exclusively produced on a computer. Hand skills remain a vital means of creating graphics and illustrations that are digitized and brought into the computer layout.
Many students do have their own computers because it allows them flexibility and security. If you decide to purchase a system, we definitely recommend a Macintosh so that you will be familiar with the industry standard platform and also because you will be able to switch between home and the lab more easily. Also include in your equipment needs a digital SLR camera.