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  Dec 13, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Graphic Design Major - Bachelor of Fine Arts (85 hours)


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This degree is designed for qualified students who intend to become professional graphic designers or pursue graduate study in graphic design. Art majors must make specific application for B.F.A. candidacy with a major in graphic design to a departmental committee of graphic design faculty. Courses in the program are sequential beginning in the fall semester of each year and will take a minimum of three years to complete after admission.

Application requires a portfolio review, personal interview, submission of an unofficial transcript, and completion of application forms. Applications and deadlines may be obtained from the advising office. Reviews are held only in the spring semester for admission into the following fall semester. Students must have completed or be enrolled in 12 hours of the Basic Studies courses and 3 hours of Art History.

Students’ portfolios are reviewed for understanding of perspective, composition, and color acquired in foundation courses. Academic abilities reflected in the grade point average and an ability to articulate the fundamentals acquired at the basic level of study are also considered as part of the interview process.

The requirements of the B.F.A. curriculum of the Gwen Frostic School of Art and the College of Fine Arts must be satisfied. Eighty-five hours in art satisfy the major requirements of this curriculum and are distributed as follows:

Basic Studies Requirement (12 hours)


Baccalaureate-Level Writing Requirement (3 hours)


Art History Requirement (12 hours)


AND two additional Art History electives (6 hours)


 Recommended:

Graphic Design Sequence (43 hours)


Photography Requirement (6 hours)


Art Studio Electives (9 hours)


It is recommended that two courses be in a sequence. Three hours of Non-Western art history may be applied to the elective requirement.

Grading Requirement


Art majors and minors receiving a grade below a “C” in a required course must repeat the course.

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