Graphic Design B.F.A.

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

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

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
ART   1010Drawing I3
ART   10202D Art and Design Foundations 3
ART   10303D Art and Design Foundations 3
ART   1132Digital Art and Design Foundations3
ARTH   2531Art History I3
ARTH   2532Art History II3
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Major Requirements
ARTH   3377Graphic Design Art History3
Select 6 credit hours from the following upper division Art History courses:6
Modern Art History
Dada and Surrealism Art History
Italian Mannerism Art History
Northern Renaissance Art History
Pre-Colombian Art History
African Art History
African American Art History
American Art History
Art and Architecture of the Ancient World
Medieval Art History
Italian Renaissance Art History
Baroque and Rococo Art History
19th Century Art History
Art History Travel Research
20th Century Art History
Contemporary Art History
Art History Seminar
Select 15 credit hours from the following Exploratory Studio Art courses: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
Selected Topics in Art
*Other exploratory studio ART courses available with advisor consent.
Concentration Courses: (33 Credit Hours)
ART   2330Typography I3
ART   2332Design Theory I3
ART   2331Visual Thinking in Graphic Design3
ART   3330New Media Design3
ART   3331Graphic Design Methods3
ART   3333Design Systems3
ART   3334Professional Practices3
ART   3338Typography II3
ART   4381Graphic Design Theories3
ART   4889Graphic Design Portfolio3
Select one of the following Graphic Design Electives courses:3
Graphic Design Internship
Web Page Design
Select 3 credit hours of Electives3
Total Credit Hours126

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
ART   2331Visual Thinking in Graphic Design3
ART   3330New Media Design3
ART   3331Graphic Design Methods3
ART   3334Professional Practices3
ART   4381Graphic Design Theories3
ART   2330Typography I3
ART   3333Design Systems3
ART   3338Typography II3
ART   4889Graphic Design Portfolio3
ARTH   3377Graphic Design Art History3
Alternating Electives:
ART   3731Graphic Design Internship3
ART   4335Web Page Design3
  • 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.


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.