By: Claudia Larsen

Continuing the recent trend of improving and expanding the Mount, two new art programs are currently in the works: a Bachelor of Science in human-centered design and a minor in graphic design.

An interdisciplinary major, human-centered design will teach students to develop solutions by considering the human perspective throughout the problem-solving process. A student trained in human-centered design would understand how to solve a problem by brainstorming, extensive research, prototyping possible solutions and testing them out.

Essentially, this major is a combination of IT, art, psychology and business. IT grounds the student in computer literacy and interaction. Art enhances the student’s skill set in design, which is imperative for brainstorming, prototyping and overall aesthetics. Psychology gives the student insight on the process of creativity, cognition and studying human behavior. Business educates the student on managing, motivating and leading teams.

This major will mandate the following courses: Public Speaking, General Psychology, Intro to Management, Intro to Marketing, Intro to Drawing, 2D Design Fundamentals, Fundamentals of Computing and Internet Programming. Furthermore, students must take nine credits of CIT (computer/IT), six credits of art, six credits of communication and media arts and six credits of business.

Prof. Chris Neyen, who directs the art program here at the Mount, said that he “hopes the major will be approved and created.” The major must be approved by the New York State Education Department before it can be official.

The graphic design minor, consisting of six courses (18 credits), will be put into effect Fall 2019. Required courses include Graphic Design Principles, a choice between Graphic Design Principles 2 or Typography and Visual Communication as well as four art centric electives.

“The graphic design minor provides an ideal track for students whose majors would benefit from a more focused practical and theoretical analysis of visual communication,” said Neyen.

More majors and minors may be in the works, with talks of a music minor being created and possibly more programs to bolster the Mount’s academics.