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Graphic Design (BFA) *

Design Bachelors BFA

Variable Credit Min


Variable Credit Max


Major Academic Plan


Cultural Change, Context and Audience

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to recognize design as a catalyst for positive cultural change and consider the importance of context, audience, and history in their work.


Design Thinking

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to create strong, conceptual work which is informed by research, design thinking, and their own personal voice.


Effective Communication Through Design

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to create dynamic visual communications which utilize effective composition, typography, and visual form.


Professional Practice

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to exhibit a professional work ethic, demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively, and present themselves professionally through a well-designed portfolio and effective written and oral communication.


Design Impact and Sustainability

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to choose sustainable methods of working that anticipate the economic, environmental, ethical, moral, spiritual, and cross-cultural impact of their design.


Design Across Media Types

Learning Outcome

Students will be able to create design solutions across three-dimensional and two-dimensional media, including print, interaction, and motion.

Program Requirements

MAP - BFA in Graphic Design

The Graphic Design BFA program is a limited enrollment program requiring department admissions approval. Interested students should declare their pre-major intent, complete DESGD 145 and submit an online portfolio of their work. Pre-major application deadlines are at the end of Fall semester, Winter semester, and Spring term.

Only students granted pre-BFA status are to complete the foundational courses and then may apply for the BFA professional program through a portfolio review in June.

Requirement 1 —Complete 1 Course

Prerequisite Course:

course - Design 1 3.0

Apply for pre-BFA status via portfolio review.

Requirement 2 —Complete 3 Courses

Foundational Courses:

course - Typography 1 3.0

course - Design 2 3.0

course - Interface & Usability 3.0

Apply to the Graphic Design BFA program via portfolio review. After admission to the major, complete the following:

Requirement 3 —Complete 9 Courses

After admission to the major, complete the following:

Graphic Design Core:

course - Motion Concepts 3.0

course - Branding 1 3.0

course - 3-Dimensional Design 3.0

course - Typography 2 3.0

course - Interaction & Design Systems 3.0

course - Motion Design 3.0

course - Branding 2 3.0

course - Design Lab - You may take once 3.0

course - Portfolio 3.0

Requirement 4 —Complete 9 hours

Elective Courses:

course - Ethnographic Research Design 3.0

course - Analog Motion 3.0

course - Special Topics - You may take up to 3.0 credit hours

course - 3D Motion 2 3.0

course - Letterpress Studio - You may take once 3.0

course - Special Topics - You may take up to 6.0 credit hours 3.0v

course - Advanced Interaction Design 2 3.0

course - Collab Des: Brand & Strategy - You may take once 3.0

History & Critical Studies Courses:

Requirement 5 —Complete the following course twice:

course - Design Lecture Series - You may take 2 times 0.5

Requirement 6 —Complete 4 Courses

course - World Civilization to 1500 3.0

course - World Civilization Since 1500 3.0

course - Design Theory 3.0

course - History of Graphic Design 3.0

Requirement 7 — Complete 1 of 2 Options

Option 7.1 — Complete 3 Courses

course - BFA Capstone: Discovery 0.5

course - BFA Capstone Project: Research 3.0

course - Project Implementation 3.0

Option 7.2 — Complete 3 Courses

course - Collab. UX Design: Discovery 0.5

course - Collab. UX Design: Research 3.0

course - Collab. UX Design: Implement. 3.0

Career & Business Courses:

Requirement 8 —Complete 1 Course

course - Studio Practices for Designers 2.0

Requirement 9 —Complete 1 hour

course - Academic Internship - You may take once 6.0v

Requirement 10 —Complete 1 of 5 Courses

course - Intro Advertising 3.0

course - Intro to Entrepreneurship 3.0

ENT 434R - New Venture LaunchPad - You may take once 3.0

course - Marketing Management 3.0

course - Career Strategies 2.0