Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Graphic Design, B.F.A.

Location(s): Statesboro

The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) supports the University’s Mission of learner-centered culture to prepare students with the requisite professional practices for successful careers in communication design fields or for students seeking advanced degrees. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is a professional undergraduate degree that is accredited by the National Association for Schools of Art and Design.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design prepares students to conceive and design visual communications and systems within a rapidly evolving technological context by providing skills to critically analyze design problems through comprehensive research and arrive at creative solutions using functional knowledge of professional design practices and processes. This degree and associated internships prepare students for professional careers in visual communication fields or graduate school.

To indicate achievement, Bachelor of Fine Arts students in Graphic Design create a body of creative work for exhibition and write a supporting creative brief. These indicate skills and knowledge competency in their communication of creative scholarship. This student-centered degree program mission reflects the University’s mission and values: collaboration, academic excellence, discovery and innovation, openness and inclusion, integrity to promote academic distinction, and student and alumni success in the graphic design profession. The BFA in Graphic Design supports student success by encouraging the free exchange of ideas, creating experiential learning opportunities, and fostering agency in creative scholarship.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

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

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

Additional Requirements: 4 Credit Hours

Major Requirements: 57 Credit Hours

General Electives: 3 Credit Hours

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 ART 2330 and ART 2331 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 ART 4889.

Requirements For Graphic Design Portfolio Review

  • For admission into upper division courses in Graphic Design, students complete ART 2331 and ART 2330, and  submit a portfolio of their design work completed to date, and an independent project assigned by faculty for review.
  • Students who do not pass the portfolio review may choose to resubmit their portfolio the following year.


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