Bachelor of Fine Arts: Graphic Design
The BFA emphasis in Graphic Design is a professional degree format that blends practical and theoretical coursework. This program prepares student by providing a background in the history and theories of graphic design; a broad basis in the history of art; product and technical design skills; better abilities in drawing; computer fluency; an awareness of ethical issues; and practical professional experience. The program of study requires a high level of accomplishment for continuation in the program. Students will be required to attain a grade of B in any class in the graphic design area prior to progressing to the next.
84 required credit hours
12 general education credit hours
32 elective credit hours
ART 1010 Creative Strategies – 3 hrs
ART 1110 Introduction to Drawing – 3 hrs
ART 1120 Principles of Drawing – 3 hrs
DESN 1210 Design Concepts – 3 hrs
DESN 1220 Design: 3D - 3 hrs
ART 2110 Figure Drawing – 3 hrs
ART 2120 Intermediate Drawing – 3 hrs
ART 2900 Art Major Acceptance Review – 0 hrs
ART 3900 B.F.A. Review – 0 hrs
ART 4020 Visual Arts Seminar – 3 hrs
ARHS 2200 Current Art – 3 hrs
ARHS 2210 Introduction to the History of Western Art – 3 hrs
ARHS 2320 Introduction to Asian Art (or an approved substitution in non-Western art) – 3 hrs
6 additional credit hours in art history may include:
ARHS 4730 Art Theory and Criticism – 3 hrs
PHIL 3120 Philosophy and Art – 3 hrs
ARHS 3360 History of Modern Art – 3 hrs
15 credit hours in studio art chosen from five of the following studio areas:
30 credit hours in graphic design from the following:
DESN 2270 Digital Applications (3 hours)
DESN 2280 Introduction to Graphic Design (3 hours)
DESN 2700 Concepts and Theory of Design (3 hours)
DESN 3270 Graphic Design Systems: Typography (3 hours)
DESN 3280 Graphic Design Products (3 hours)
DESN 4270 Advanced Graphic Design (3 hours)
DESN 4280 Graphic Design Studio (3 hours)
ART 4800 Apprenticeships in Art (3 hours)
DESN 4900 Professional Practice in Graphic Design(3 hours)
3 additional credit hours in graphic design. This may include:
ART 3850 Topics in Studio Art (in graphic design related areas) (3 hours)
ADVT 4040 Advertising Production (3 hours)
On entering portfolio, transfer students declare intent to pursue the graphic design course of study. Entering portfolio reviews are competitive with acceptance limited to 25 new students per year. The first two courses in the sequence ordinarily would permit the possibility of transfer credit in graphic design. However, transfer students might be encouraged to complete the entire sequence. Although the total number of credit hours in the degree program would remain consistent with other University requirements, transfer students would typically complete the program in five years. Freshmen would, of course, be able to make the decision of emphasis at a much later point in their curriculum. The specific point of declaration of emphasis would be Major Acceptance Review during the second semester of the sophomore year. Transfer students are required to participate in Major Acceptance Review during their first semester. All core courses must be completed in the first two years before enrolling in third level graphic design courses.
Students pursuing a B.F.A. must petition the Art Faculty for candidacy into the B.F.A. program a year prior to graduation. Students must apply for candidacy by completing a B.F.A. Candidacy form, and then participating in the B.F.A. Review. Students must also include a written statement with candidacy form declaring intentions to petition for B.F.A. candidacy. The B.F.A. review is scheduled during the Fall semester only (usually the last Friday of September). Work presented in the B.F.A. review should include a portfolio selection of specialized work from the intended area of emphasis. After the portfolio and application are reviewed by the Art Department faculty, students receive either written notification of acceptance, or a recommendation to continue pursuing a B.A. track.
A degree audit form can be obtained from the Art Office. The degree audit details all credits/coursework required to successfully attain the B.F.A. with a Studio Emphasis. B.F.A.: Studio majors should use this degree audit to track their degree requirements, and record all completed coursework.
Portfolio Presentation/Thesis Exhibition
Students register for ART 4900 Professional Practice in Graphic Design. To complete degree requirements, BFA – graphic design majors are required to do a professional presentation of their graphic design work for Art Department faculty. Each graphic design student is responsible for their own presentation, including official invitations/notice to faculty, reserving an appropriate space for the presentation, and coordinating with other graphic design students to prevent over-lapping presentation schedules. Students are expected to present a high quality, professional presentation. Students need to meet with the director of the graphic design studio area as they begin to plan their presentation. Students must also meet with the department chair for approval of their proposed presentation.
BFA candidates arrange for a public exhibition of thesis works, assuming responsibility for all necessary arrangements, including reservation of gallery space or appropriate public venue, opening reception and design and mailing of exhibition show card.