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2013-2014 Course Catalog 
2013-2014 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design, BFA

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The current field of Graphic Design addresses visual communication problems and creates solutions through a variety of media. The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design curriculum engages students in research and practice by immersing students in a wide spectrum of theoretical and practical processes with exposure to the best practices in the professional world of design. As preparation for careers that will likely cross a variety of disciplines, including print, digital, web and motion graphics and experiential design, the program is designed to be flexible and nimble, helping students develop a broad, as well as narrow and deep, overview of technological applications as they relate to design problems and possibilities. Students have extensive training in typography, applied drawing, information design, packaging and publication design. Gaining knowledge of and an understanding about the history of design, including the social and aesthetic context of popular culture, is a strong component of the program. The Professional Portfolio Development course, as well as engagement with outside, professional organizations, prepares our students for the transition from student to professional practitioner.

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • describe, analyze, and interpret visual communications within the social, historical and theoretical contexts;
  • understand software for print, web and new media and gain the ability to seek out new uses for emerging technologies;
  • use advanced skills in typography, layout, information design, packaging design and other applications to create clear and dynamic visual communication;
  • use primary and secondary research methods in the conceptualization and solution of design problems; and
  • present a succinct, cohesive, critically edited and interpreted body of work.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all major coursework, and a CGPA of 3.0 or higher is required in the major for BFA candidates.

For students who have already earned a Bachelors degree in another field, the Second Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design is available.

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