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The Graphic Design BFA Program | Academic Requirements
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BFA in Graphic Design: Academic Requirements

In addition to fulfilling general degree requirements, undergraduate students majoring in graphic design must complete the following requirements (89 credits):

Foundation Courses: 19 credits
VIS 1050/ComX: 1 credit
VIS 1060/Foundation Drawing: 3 credits
VIS 1070/Extended Media: 3 credits
VIS 1080/Visual Language: 3 credits
VIS 1250/2-D Processes: 3 credits
VIS 1260/3-D Processes: 3 credits
VIS 1270/4-D Processes: 3 credits

Art History Courses: 12 credits
ARH 1020/History of Art Survey II
ARH —/One course in the history of art before 1800 (lower-level)
ARH 3405/Design History and Theory: 1750–Today or
    DES 3300/History of Graphic Design Survey

Graphic Design Studio Courses: 34 credits
DES 2450/Digital Media for Designers I: 3 credits
DES 2460/Digital Media for Designers II: 2 credits
DES 2500/Word and Image I: 3 credits
DES 2600/Word and Image II: 4 credits
DES 3200/Advanced Typography: 4 credits
DES 3450/Production for Designers: 3 credits
DES 3510/Word and Image III: 4 credits
DES 3610/Word and Image IV: 4 credits
DES 4100/Community Design: 4 credits
DES —/Graphic design elective: 3 credits

Visual Arts Studio Electives: 15 credits

Synthesis Courses: 9 credits
DES 4090/Senior Seminar: 3 credits
DES 4990/Senior Project I: 3 credits
DES 4991/Senior Project II: 3 credits

Sophomore Review
Students who choose to major in graphic design are required to complete a midprogram sophomore review, conducted during the spring semester. This allows students who pass the review to preregister for required junior-level courses in the major. Students should contact the board-of-study coordinator for specific information on the review process and timeline. Students who do not successfully pass the sophomore review are encouraged to work with the School of Art+Design administration and faculty to find another major that will better fit their educational goals.

Internship Credits
Students majoring in graphic design may count a maximum of 4 hours of internship credit toward graduation.

Updates to the 2013–15 College Catalog:

Effective Fall 2014:

  • The modern/contemporary art history elective (under art history courses) has been replaced with ARH 3405 or DES 3300.
  • The graphic design studio courses have been reduced from 38 to 34 credits.
  • The visual arts studio electives have been increased from 11 to 15 credits.
  • All courses previously offered under the VDE prefix are now offered under the DES prefix. The senior project (formerly DES 4990, two semesters, 6 credits total) is now DES 4990/Senior Project I and DES 4991/Senior Project II, 3 credits each.

Updated April 8, 2014

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