Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Graphic Design, B.F.A.


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This professional program, combined with a strong academic curriculum, provides students with the skills and knowledge they will need to enter diverse areas of visual communication such as publication design, animation, packaging, corporate identity design, illustration, UX/UI design, or to pursue graduate study. The program contains components of studio work, design theory, criticism, and history. Student designers learn not only about the traditional and digital tools and techniques necessary to make their ideas come to life, but also the ways in which their work relates to their culture and society. The program’s curriculum gives students a valuable perspective on where their chosen discipline has been, where it is going, and how technology impacts the way we communicate. Through professional memberships, internships, study abroad experiences, and exposure to visiting artists, students gain insight into personal areas of interest in the vast and changing field of graphic design.

Degree Requirements

Institutional Degree Requirements 

Program-Specific Degree Requirements: To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Graphic Design must complete a minimum of 125 credits and earn a grade of 2.0 or higher in all major courses. Students must also complete a series of foundation courses by the end of the first semester of sophomore year and participate in the Sophomore Portfolio Review in which the student must receive a passing grade to continue in the major. Students are also required to participate in the Senior Portfolio Review and Exhibition, participate in the Professional Development Seminar during their junior year and then in their senior year, students will participate in the Senior Art Major’s Exhibition the semester of graduation.

General Education Requirement


First Year Seminar


Foundations Requirements


Communication course:


Choose 3 credits of the following Advanced Communication courses:


Choose 3 credits of the following Quantitative Fluency courses:


Choose 3 credits of the following Global Citizenship courses or students have the option to complete this requirement by successfully completing 6 credits of the same foreign language:


Disciplinary Perspectives Requirement


Arts course:


Choose 3 credits of the following Social and Behavioral Sciences courses:


Choose 3 credits of the following Natural and Physical Sciences courses:


Constellation Requirement


The Constellation requirement is met when a student completes four courses from a minimum of three disciplines within the Constellation requirements. Students who transfer in 60 credits or more at the time of admission to the college will be waived from the Constellation requirement, except for Education majors. The waiver applies to the requirement for graduation but does not waive the credits to graduate; students need to meet the overall bachelor’s degree credit requirement.

Required Courses


Art History Electives


Students must complete 6 credits of the following:

Art or Graphic Design Electives


Students must complete 12 credits of the following:

Digital Art


Figure Drawing


Illustration


Lettering


Painting


Printmaking


General Elective Courses


Students must complete 6 credits of free elective courses.

Suggested Course Sequence


Freshman Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


Sophomore Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (16 credits)


Junior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


Spring Semester (15 credits)


Senior Year


Fall Semester (15 credits)


  • 3 credit hours
  • Art or GRD Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Art or GRD Elective course 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours
  • Constellation course 3 credit hours

Spring Semester (16 credits)


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