GD 381 Graphic Design Portfolio Development

Terry Londy

Spring 2020-2021
Class number: 30769
Section number: 901
M 5:45PM - 9:00PM
OLSYN CH000 Online Campus


This course provides the student with an opportunity to prepare themselves for the workplace. During the course, students will refine a body of design work and publish their portfolio in both print (optional) and web formats. Students will design and develop their own personal brand including—visual identity, resume, cover letter, and business cards in preparation for job interviews and/or graduate school. They will also spend the quarter researching potential employers and learn about each company, agency, and/or studio so that they can strategically tailor their application process.


None Required:

But Recommend:

How to Be a Graphic Designer without Losing Your Soul (New Expanded Edition) Paperback – September 22, 2010 by Adrian Shaughnessy* (highly recommended)
Building Design Portfolios: Innovative Concepts for Presenting Your Work (Design Field Guide) by Sara Eisenman
Design: Portfolio: Self promotion at its best Flexibound – June 1, 2013 
by Craig Welsh (Author)
Stand Out: Design a personal brand. Build a killer portfolio. Find a great design job. Paperback – January 18, 2016 by Denise Anderson*
How to Create a Portfolio and Get Hired, Second Edition: A Guide for Graphic Designers and Illustrators Hardcover – October 22, 2013 by Fig Taylor
Graphic Artist’s Guild Handbook of Pricing and Ethical Guidelines (Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines) Paperback – September 30, 2013 by Graphic Artist’s Guild (Author)
Never Sleep: Graduating to Graphic Design Paperback – April 1, 2009 by Andre Andreev (Author), Dan Covert


PREREQUISITE(S): GD 110 and GD 210 and GD 300

School policies:

Changes to Syllabus

This syllabus is subject to change as necessary during the quarter. If a change occurs, it will be thoroughly addressed during class, posted under Announcements in D2L and sent via email.

Online Course Evaluations

Evaluations are a way for students to provide valuable feedback regarding their instructor and the course. Detailed feedback will enable the instructor to continuously tailor teaching methods and course content to meet the learning goals of the course and the academic needs of the students. They are a requirement of the course and are key to continue to provide you with the highest quality of teaching. The evaluations are anonymous; the instructor and administration do not track who entered what responses. A program is used to check if the student completed the evaluations, but the evaluation is completely separate from the student’s identity. Since 100% participation is our goal, students are sent periodic reminders over three weeks. Students do not receive reminders once they complete the evaluation. Students complete the evaluation online in CampusConnect.

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

This course will be subject to the university's academic integrity policy. More information can be found at If you have any questions be sure to consult with your professor.

Academic Policies

All students are required to manage their class schedules each term in accordance with the deadlines for enrolling and withdrawing as indicated in the University Academic Calendar. Information on enrollment, withdrawal, grading and incompletes can be found at

Students with Disabilities

Students who feel they may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the instructor privately to discuss their specific needs. All discussions will remain confidential.
To ensure that you receive the most appropriate accommodation based on your needs, contact the instructor as early as possible in the quarter (preferably within the first week of class), and make sure that you have contacted the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at:
Lewis Center 1420, 25 East Jackson Blvd.
Phone number: (312)362-8002
Fax: (312)362-6544
TTY: (773)325.7296