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Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F. A.) in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design BFA program prepares students to be life-long contributors to the global community. Through a rigorous curriculum in design research and theory, conceptual thinking, formal experimentation, and professional practice, students learn to be thoughtful visual communicators across a wide range of media. Courses focus on the development of well-intentioned problem solving that identifies appropriate solutions for audience and context.

Graduates of the program have enjoyed success in a variety of design professions, from traditional print design to cutting-edge new media. Career prospects continue to expand and be redefined in this evolving field. More information for those considering a career in graphic design can be found on the website of AIGA, the professional organization for design. Check out the AIGA graphic design career guide here:

Degree Requirements

BFA: 120 total credit hours

Core Curriculum: 39-40 hours

Art Foundation: 21 hours

Graphic Design: 51 hours

General Electives: 9-10 hours


Art Foundation: 21 hours

AR 111 Beginning Drawing

AR 117 Two-Dimensional Design

AR 181 Art of the Ancient World

AR 183 From Renaissance to Modern

AR 212 Intermediate Drawing

AR 218 Principles of Color Theory

AR 387 History of Contemporary Art


Graphic Design: 51 hours

AR 245 Typography I

AR 345 Typography II

AR 271 Digital Media: Design Software

AR 246 Graphics I

AR 346 Graphics II

AR 221 Beginning Photography

AR 322 Intermediate Photography

AR 379 Digital Media: Design for the Web

AR 442 Design Studio I: Identity

AR 444 Design Studio II: Format

AR 447 Design Studio III: Publication

AR 471 Digital Media: Design for the Web II

AR 495 Design Internship

AR 497 Senior Studio

AR 498 Portfolio Preparation


Art Electives: 6 hours

AR 219 Three-Dimensional Design

AR 231 Beginning Ceramics

AR 261 Beginning Painting

AR 351 Printmaking

AR 355 Fiber Design

AR 365 Watercolor

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  • Up to $1,000 Travel Award


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