2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jan 19, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Graphic Design, B.F.A., General Concentration

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Graphic design is an activity of visual communication; its study is the critical analysis between form and content. The BFA in Graphic Design examines communication through the use of words, symbols, and images, and explores the graphic designer’s ability to bring clarity and visual aesthetics to communication through an understanding of the means of production, theory, and design practice.

The introductory courses in the graphic design program concentrate on basic design vocabulary, composition, color perception, and drawing. The curriculum continues and progresses through semiotics and practical techniques associated with typography, illustration, problem-solving methodologies, and applied design projects in branding, way-finding, and advocacy. The BFA in Graphic Design prepares students for the professional environment of graphic design found in independent design studios, agencies, and corporations. Additionally, the rigorous course of study provides students with the foundation to continue with graduate studies in the field.

Program Outcomes

Students in this program will:

  • Demonstrate the principles and elements of art and design.
  • Illustrate how graphic design themes and styles have been influenced by historical events.
  • Develop a body of cohesive artwork which aligns with personal professional goals.
  • Formulate a personal creative research project in an area of interest and produce a successful thesis exhibition.


Required Courses

Students earning a BFA degree in Graphic Design are required to complete a total of 121 credits comprised of the following:

The completion of 40 credits of University Core Curriculum with the following restrictions:

  • CC 1.1:  ENGL 1112  - Seminar in Academic Inquiry and Writing
  • CC 2.1:  COMM 1130  - Principles of Communication
  • CC 4.1:  PHYS 1130  - Physics of Light and Color with Laboratory
  • CC 7.1:  ARHS 2250  - Modern Art, Modernity, and Modernism
  • CC 9.1:  ARTS 2231   - History of Art I
  • CC 1.2:  ARTS 3301  - Writing for Designers
  • CC 2.2:  DGAD 2001  - Multimedia Communication
  • CC 5.2:  GRDE 1110  - Applications of Graphic Design Production
  • CC 9.2:  ARTS 1110  - Digital Photography I

Plus Free Electives

  • Plus six free electives (18 credits)

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