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    Sep 25, 2022  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design Major, BFA

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.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts • Graphic Design Major

I. Foundation (15 hours)

II. Graphic Design (44 hours)

A. Complete:

  • Note: This course should be taken spring semester of the freshman year or as soon as possible. The course is required for application to portfolio review.

C. Complete (portfolio review):

III. Required Design and Professional (9 hours)

IV. Studio (15 hours)

A. Select 15 hours from list below:

     any 200-level or above Two-Dimensional Arts
     any 200-level or above Three-Dimensional Arts (except ARTB 240 )
     any 200-level or above Four-Dimensional Arts

V. Art History (3 hours)

A. Select 3 hours:

     any upper-division art history electives (ARTH)

VI. General Curriculum (34-35 hours)

A. Complete (6 hours)*:

B. Communicating Through Writing (3 hours)*:

     any WC course from the university general education list 

C. Quantitative Reasoning (6-7 hours)*:

     any two QR courses from the university general education list 

D. Natural Sciences (7-8 hours)*:

     any two NS courses from the university general education list  (at least one with a laboratory)

E. Social Sciences (6 hours)*:

     any two SS courses from the university general education list 

F. Intermediate Foreign Language (6 hours)*:

     any intermediate foreign language sequence or intermediate intensive course from the university general education list 


* Meets University General Education Requirement