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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design, B.F.A.

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Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

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

General Requirements (Core Areas A - E) Credit Hours: 42

Additional Requirements Credit Hours: 4

Select one of the following Graphic Design Electives courses Credit Hours: 3


  • Select 3 credit hours of Electives

Total Credit Hours: 124

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

  • 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.

Graphic Design Course Schedule Rotation

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


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