Oct 28, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Graphic Design, BA

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Graphic Design is a creative and inspiring process that combines art and technology to communicate ideas and information visually from client to audience.  Rooted in traditional art and design foundations, the focus of the Graphic Design curriculum is to educate and inform students of the impact design can make through the exploration of diverse problem-solving methodologies, innovative investigations, and creative research in all forms of visual communication.  Through their studio work, Graphic Design majors will address issues stressing social and cultural awareness, integration of new technology, and sustainable practices while being prepared to enter into the evolving creative industry.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate mastery of client-focused, visual communication and problem-solving methodologies;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in professional skills and use of technology in preparation for professional practice;
  • Demonstrate advanced critical thinking in analyzing discipline history, theory, criticism and practices;
  • Be prepared for professional positions in the field of visual communications or for graduate school.

Degree Requirements


  Sem. Hrs.
  1. Core Curriculum Program  
  2. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)*
  3. Required Courses
  4. University Electives
  5. Foreign Language Requirements
  Total 120 (122)

*First Year Seminars

First-Year Seminars or Electives

Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:


Transfer students with 24 or more hours are exempt from First-Year Seminar.

University Core Curriculum (42 hours)

Please see Core Curriculum Program  for more details.

Note: ARTS 1303  needs to be taken as part of the University Core or the student will be required to take 57 SCH in the Major Required Courses.

Required Program Reviews:

Graphic Design Majors will undergo two formal portfolio and performance reviews. Students that intend to major in Graphic Design and meet all eligibility requirements for the reviews must participate. Students are eligible for the Lower Level Review (LL Review) after completing two specified GRDS foundational program courses. Students who do not pass the Lower Level review will be advised to repeat one or both of the specified foundational courses. After passing the LL Review, all students intending to graduate with a BA in Graphic Design must pass the Upper-Level Admission Portfolio Review (UL Review) with the completion of seven total specified GRDS program courses to be allowed to continue upper-level coursework in the program. Students will not be permitted to enroll in the remaining 3000 - 4000-level Graphic Design Degree Program courses until they have passed the UL Review and have been formally advised to advance. Students denied advancement into upper-level courses in the Graphic Design program after their first UL Review will be allowed only one additional attempt by resubmitting their revised portfolio for review. Discerning advancement through the Graphic Design Degree Program ensures elevated professionalism of program graduates.

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