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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 (85–86 credits):

Foundation Courses: 16 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 1260/3-D Processes: 3 credits
VIS 1330/Lens and Time: 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: 27 credits
DES 2450/Digital Media for Designers I: 3 credits
DES 2460/Digital Media for Designers II: 3 credits
DES 2500/Word and Image I: 3 credits
DES 2600/Word and Image II: 3 credits
DES 3200/Advanced Typography: 3 credits
DES 3510/Word and Image III: 3 credits
DES 3610/Word and Image IV: 3 credits
DES 4100/Community Design: 3 credits
DES —/Graphic design elective: 3 credits

Visual Arts Studio Electives: 18 credits

Graphic Design Theory Elective: 3–4 credits
One of the following courses:
ARH 3285/Design and Culture: 4 credits
DES 3240/Design Issues: 3 credits
NME 3265/Social Design: 3 credits

Synthesis Courses: 9 credits
DES 3550/Junior 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 mid-program sophomore review, conducted during the 15th week of the spring semester. 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 2016:

Effective Fall 2014:

Updated Jan. 17, 2016

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