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Graphic Design

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Graphic Design (B.F.A.)


The graphic design Bachelor of Fine Arts program educates students in design methods, design theory, creative problem solving, and visual and verbal literacy. An emphasis is placed on visual components: how humans communicate, perceive, interpret, and understand visual information. The program fosters flexibility, which enables graduates to adapt to social, cultural, and technological change in graphic design. The program’s foundation is broadly based. Students begin with courses in fundamental aspects of visual studies. Upper division courses prepare them for graphic design positions in print and electronic media. An internship of 1-4 credits is required.


NOTE: The design studio courses in the program are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years) regardless of transfer coursework completed prior to the term of admission. However, students who transfer to the program with many or all of their liberal education courses completed may be able to enroll at a reduced credit load in their 3rd and 4th year of the program. This allows students to work in the field and gain significant experience in design.