Graphic Design B.F.A.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
ART   1010Drawing I 3
ART   10202D Art and Design Foundations3
ART   10303D Art and Design Foundations3
ART   1132Digital Art and Design Foundations3
ARTH   2531Art History I 3
ARTH   2532Art History II 3
Major Requirements
ARTH   3377Graphic Design Art History 3
Select 6 credit hours from the following upper division Art History courses:6
Dada and Surrealism
Italian Mannerism
Northern Renaissance Art
Pre-Colombian Art
Graphic Design Art History
African Art
American Art
Art and Architecture of the Ancient World
Medieval Art
Italian Renaissance Art
Baroque and Rococo Art
19th Century Art
Modern Art
Art History Travel Research
20th Century Art
Contemporary Art
Art History Seminar
Select 15 credit hours from the following Exploratory Studio Art courses (must select (3) courses at the 3000 level or above):15
(Two courses must be 2-D in Concept; two courses must be 3-D in Concept)
Drawing II
Animation I
Advanced Placement Studio
Painting: Introduction
Ceramics: Introduction
Digital Dimensions
Small Metals Design: Fundamentals
Photographic Imaging I
Print, Paper, Book Arts: Introduction
Figure Drawing
3D Animation
Selected Topics in Art
*Other exploratory studio ART courses available with advisor consent.
Concentration Courses: (33 Credit Hours)
ART   2330Typography I 3
ART   2332Design Theory I3
ART   2331Visual Thinking in Graphic Design 3
ART   3330New Media Design 3
ART   3331Graphic Design Methods 3
ART   3333Design Systems3
ART   3334Professional Practices 3
ART   3338Typography II 3
ART   4381Graphic Design Theories 3
ART   4889Graphic Design Portfolio 3
Select one of the following Graphic Design Electives courses:3
Graphic Design Internship
Web Page Design
Elective
Select 3 credit hours of Electives3
Total Credit Hours124

Other Program Requirements

  • Must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all ART designated courses.
  • Must successfully complete prerequisites for courses and take courses in proper sequence.
  • All students pursuing coursework in graphic design, whether as a major, minor, or second discipline, must pass portfolio review after completion of Typography I (ART   2330) (3) and Visual Thinking in Graphic Design (ART   2331) (3) to enroll in upper division graphic design courses.
  • A total institution GPA of 2.75 is required to register for internship credit.
  • A portfolio presentation in a public venue is required as a capstone experience during Graphic Design Portfolio (ART   4889) (3).

Specific Requirements For Graphic Design Concentration

Graphic Design Course Schedule Rotation

Note:  Course offerings are subject to change depending upon faculty availability, enrollment demands, and learning opportunities that may arise.

Credit Hours
Fall
ART   2331Visual Thinking in Graphic Design 3
ART   3330New Media Design 3
ART   3331Graphic Design Methods 3
ART   3334Professional Practices 3
ART   4381Graphic Design Theories 3
Spring
ART   2330Typography I 3
ART   3333Design Systems3
ART   3338Typography II 3
ART   4889Graphic Design Portfolio 3
ARTH   3377Graphic Design Art History 3
Alternating Electives:
ART   3731Graphic Design Internship 3
ART   4335Web Page Design 3
  • Portfolio Review for admission into upper division courses in Graphic Design:
    When students have completed Visual Thinking in Graphic Design (ART   2331) (3) and Typography I (ART   2330) (3), they submit a portfolio of their design work completed to date, and a require independent project assigned by faculty, for review by the design faculty.  Based upon criteria outlined in the B.F.A. Graphic Design Program of Study Handbook, faculty will evaluate and admit students into the Graphic Design concentration based upon their demonstrated creative abilities and professional demeanor deemed necessary for success in the design field.  A 3.0 GPA in Visual Thinking in Graphic Design (ART   2331) (3) and Typography I (ART   2330) (3) is only one requirement in passing the portfolio review. 
  • Students who do not pass the graphic design portfolio review are encouraged to enter other concentrations in the ART major more suitable to their talents. In this case, graphic design courses with an earned grade of "C" or above will be designated as exploratory studio courses in another BA/BFA art degree program. 
  • Students who do not pass the portfolio review may choose to resubmit their portfolio the following year after they further develop the quality of their work and remedy deficient professional practices.
  • All students will participate in a public presentation of their portfolio completed in Graphic Design Portfolio for review by faculty, invited members of the profession, and peers.

Advisement

Every student enrolled in a degree program in the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art is advised by an advisor located in the Carroll Building, Room 2244, (912) 478-7740.