The graphic design major prepares for a professional life in the field of design by exploring a range of contexts to support a problem-finding, problem-solving process. Emphasis is placed on contemporary issues of design as well as the role of design in constructing relationships among forms, people and cultures.
Students are advised that successful completion of Portfolio Review (ARTD 350 ) is a prerequisite to all upper-division graphic design courses. Continuing, returning, and transfer students must meet progression requirements before declaring a major in graphic design.
No grade below C in art courses may be applied to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree. A minimum of 42 credit hours, 300-level or above, must be earned prior to graduation. A minimum of 120 total hours are required.
The following core courses must be completed before students can progress into the art program as graphic design major and before further graphic design classes may be taken.
ART 101 - Introduction to Studio Art I
ART 103 - Introduction to Studio Art II
ARTH 172 - Western Art: Ancient through Medieval *
ARTH 173 - Western Art: Renaissance to Contemporary *
Those applying will be admitted into the art program in rank order of cumulative average as space allows. The overall record will be evaluated for quality and seriousness of purpose. Excessive absences, withdrawals, incompletes or repeated courses may result in denial of progression. Progression into the School of Art does not guarantee progression into the graphic design major. Progression into the graphic design major will follow successful completion of the graphic design Portfolio Review.