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Office of the University Registrar

2008-09 Undergraduate Catalog


Graphic Design
College: Fine Arts
Degree: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
Hours for the Degree: 120
Minor: No
Combined-Degree Program: No

Graphic design is a professional program for careers in graphic design and related fields. The curriculum includes a series of introductory courses in design, drawing, 2D, 3D and 4D studio courses and art history.

All students must lease, purchase or otherwise obtain a computer system by the junior level. Specific system requirements are available from the school or the graphic design coordinator.

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements.

Critical Tracking and Recommended Semester Plan

Semester 1:

  • 2.0 UF GPA
  • Complete a total of 9 hours (ART 1802C, ART 1803C) or a total of 6 hours of any ART or PGY or GRA course at the 2000 level with a grade of C or better

Semester 2:

  • 2.50 UF GPA
  • Complete 2 of 5 critical-tracking courses with a grade of C or better: ART 2305C, GRA 2111C, ARH 2050, GRA 2208C, ARH 2051

Semester 3:

  • 2.75 UF GPA
  • Complete 2 additional critical-tracking courses with a grade of C or better

Semester 4:

  • 3.0 UF GPA for semesters 4-5
  • Complete 1 additional course with a grade of C or better
  • Complete the CLAST exam or be exempted

Students must complete a 2-D, a 3-D and a 4-D 2000-level course as part of their 2000-level studio requirements.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

Recommended semester plan

Semester 1Credits
ART 1802C Workshop for Art Research and Practice: Lecture3
ART 1803C Workshop for Art Research and Practice: Studio6
Composition (GE-C, WR)3
DIG 1000C Workshop in Fundamental Digital Technologies3
Total 15
Semester 2Credits
ART 2305C Drawing: Form and Space3
GRA 2111C Graphic Design: Visual Dynamics3
ART 2757C Ceramics: 3D Conceptualization or
ART 2701C Sculpture: Shaping Form and Space
ARH 2050 Introduction to the Principlesand History of Art 1 (GE-H, N)3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Total 15
Semester 3Credits
GRA 2208C Graphic Design: Letterform3
ART 2931C Digital Imaging3
ARH 2051 Introduction to the Principles and History of Art 2 (GE-H, N)3
Mathematics (GE-M)3
PGY 2101 Visual Literacy: Photography3
Total 15
Semester 4Credits
ART 2501C Painting: Investigations in Color or
ART 2401C Printmaking: Color Theory
ART 2932C Time-based Media3
Mathematics (GE-M)3
Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or GE-B)3
ART/PGY 2000-level studio elective3
Total 15
Semester 5Credits
ART/PGY/GRA/DIG 3000/4000-level studio elective3
GRA 3193C Graphic Design: Visualization and Creativity3
GRA 3209C Graphic Design: Typography3
ARH 3000-/4000-level art history elective (GE-H)3
Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or GE-B)3
Total 15
Semester 6Credits
ART 3807C Interdisciplinary Studio3
GRA 3194C Graphic Design: Technologies and Processes3
GRA 3198C Graphic Design: Image and Illustration3
ARH 3000-/4000-level art history elective (GE-H)3
Total 15
Semester 7Credits
GRA 4196C Graphic Design: Ideas and Styles3
GRA 4197C Graphic Design: Visual Systems3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
Physical or Biological Science (GE-P or GE-B)3
ART/PGY/GRA/DIG 3000-/4000-level studio elective3
Total 15
Semester 8Credits
GRA 4187C Graphic Design: Workshop3
GRA 4186C Senior Design Studio3
GRA 4955C Senior Project1
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S)3
ART/PGY/GRA/DIG 3000-/4000-level studio elective3
Total 15