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Graphic Design BFA
Graphic design is the study and practice of communicating ideas and information through printed, environmental, and digital presentations. Typography and images are integrated to express messages that interest, inform, and persuade intended audiences. With the addition of visual movement, navigation, and sound, digital presentations also are developed. Using research, critical thinking, creativity, and a range of problem-solving principles, graphic designers solve complex visual communication problems within the constraints of time, space, budget, and technology. Areas of study include publication design, signage and environmental design, corporate identity, interactive media, packaging design, and information design.
The School of Design maintains memberships in a variety of professional organizations, including Industrial Designers Society of America, ACM Siggraph, Society of Environmental Graphic Designers, American Society of Interior Designers, American Institute of Architects, ICOGRADA, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and International Interior Design Association.
The BFA in graphic design integrates major courses, studio and open electives, the liberal arts, and art/design history. Computer skills, design perspectives, career preparation, and exposure to the related areas of publishing, photography, engineering, and information technology are integrated into the curriculum.
Graphic design, BFA degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|FDTN-121||2D Design I||3|
|FDTN-131||3D Design I||3|
|ARTH-135||LAS Perspectives 1: Survey of Western Art and Architecture I||3|
|LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar||3|
|GRDE-106||2D Graphic Design||3|
|GRDE-107||Time Based Design||3|
|ARTH-136||LAS Perspectives 2: Survey of Western Art and Architecture II||3|
|ENGL-150||LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar||3|
|GRDE-205||History of Graphic Design (WI)||3|
|LAS Perspectives 3, 4||6|
|GRDE-206||Typography and Imagery||3|
|GRDE-207||Interactive Media Design (SMTL)||3|
|GRDE-302||Web and User Interface Design||3|
|Art History Elective‡||3|
|LAS Immersion 1, 2||6|
|GRDE-307||Design Systems and Methodology||3|
|GRDE-308||Environmental Graphic Design||3|
|Senior GD Major Elective§||9|
|LAS Immersion 3||3|
|GRDE-402||Senior Capstone Project||3|
|LAS Elective (SMTL)||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||120|
Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
(SMTL) Refers to science, math, technical literacy requirement.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.
† Studio elective courses are those designated with studio/lab hours listed in the course description.
‡ Art history elective courses include Women Pioneers in Design (GRDE-323), 20th Century Editorial Design History (GRDE-326), Graphic Design in Film (GRDE-367).
§ Graphic design major electives include Senior Internship (GRDE-498), Branding and Identity Design (GRDE-421), Editorial Design (GRDE-418), Advertising Design (GRDE-428), Advanced Information Design (GRDE-423), Advanced Interactive and Web Design (GRDE-422).
Art history electives
Students are required to select three art history electives to broaden their understanding of the historical development of the arts. Art history electives include:
ARTH-366 18/19th Century Art
ARTH-382 Medieval Craft
ARTH-386 Latin American Art
ARTH-384 Late Medieval Art
ARTH-383 Installation Art
ARTH-374 Illuminated Manuscripts
ARTH-386 History of Things: Studies in Material Culture
ARTH-376 Early Medieval Art
ARTH-377 Displaying Gender
ARTH-372 Art of the Americas
ARTH-388 The Gothic Revival
ARTH-387 The Gothic Cathedral
ARTH-371 Art and Architecture of Ancient Rome
ARTH-392 Theory and Criticism of 20th Century Art
ARTH-373 Art of the Last Decade
ARTH-369 20th Century Art Since 1950
ARTH-368 20th Century Art: 1900-1950
ARTH-457 Art and Activism
ARTH-511 Art and Architecture of Italy: 1250-1400
ARTH-512 Art and Architecture in Italy: 1600-1750
ARTH-518 Art and Architecture in Florence and Rome: The Sixteenth Century
ARTH-517 Art and Architecture in Florence and Rome: The Fifteenth Century
ARTH-573 Conceptual Art
ARTH-581 Realisms and Avant-Gardes in Russian Art
ARTH-576 Modernism and Its Other: Realism and Expressionism
ARTH-571 Extreme Abstraction
ARTH-521 The Image
ARTH-584 Scandinavian Modernism
ARTH-578 Edvard Munch
ARTH-574 Dada and Surrealism
ARTH-568 Art and Technology: from the Machine Aesthetic to the Cyborg Age
ARTH-588 Symbols and Symbol-Making: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Art