Bachelor of Fine Arts (Graphic Design)

Total Semester Credit Hours (sch): 120   
Major: 78 sch  

ART.BFA           CIP Code: 50.0701.00

Our Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design will prepare you for a future career as a design professional. Our program will encourage you to network with your peers, fostering a design student community that welcomes and benefits from critiques and collaborations. Through a rigorous investigation of concepts, typography, critical thinking and process, you will develop a wide range of communication design skills.

Students must make a C or above in all art degree courses.

Degree Requirements

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Mathematics3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
GOV 2013U.S. National Government3
GOV 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

Students who have not taken a Global Perspectives course, will either need to take one in this section, or will need to add 3 hours to the overall degree and take one in another department.
Art History Foundation (12 sch)
ART 2403Western Art History I3
ART 2413Western Art History II3
ART 3053Global Perspectives in Art3
or ART 3343 Women in the Visual Arts
ART 4073Contemporary Issues in Art3
Studio Art Foundation (12 sch)
ART 1303Basic Drawing3
ART 1203Two-Dimensional Color and Design3
ART 1213Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 2223Digital Art Foundations3
Introductory Electives - Choose 9 sch9
Introduction to Ceramics
Introduction to Graphic Design
Introduction to Painting
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Sculpture
Principles of Art Education
Total SCHs33

Advanced Studies

(Must pass Portfolio Review after 15 credits in Advanced Studies listed below)
ART 3103History of Graphic Design3
ART 2233Design Concepts3
ART 3243Fundamentals of Type and Image3
ART 3293Design I: Identity and Symbols3
ART 4253Design II: Publication Design3
ART 4283Design III: Interactive Design3
ART 4293Design IV: Advertising Design3
ART 4363Community-Focused Design Studio3
ART 4953Cooperative Education3
ART Electives (3000 and 4000 levels)9
Total SCHs36

Capstone

ART 3903Professional Writing for Visual Arts3
ART 3393Professional Practices for Visual Arts3
ART 4993Exhibition3
Total SCHs9
First Year
FallTCCNSCHs
ART 1203Two-Dimensional Color and Design ARTS 13113
ART 1303Basic Drawing ARTS 13163
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: The First Year Experience EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Wellness CAO Core2
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART 1213Three-Dimensional Design ARTS 13123
ART 2223Digital Art Foundations ARTS 23483
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
Social/Behavioral Science Core3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
FallTCCN
ART Introductory Elective3
ART 2233Design Concepts 3
ART 2403Western Art History I ARTS 13033
GOV 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Mathematics Core3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART Introductory Elective3
ART 2413Western Art History II ARTS 13043
ART 3243Fundamentals of Type and Image 3
GOV 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
FallTCCN
ART Introductory Elective3
ART 3293Design I: Identity and Symbols 3
ART 3903Professional Writing for Visual Arts 3
Language, Philosophy and Culture Core3
Life and Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART Elective 3000 or 4000 level3
ART 3053 or 3343 (GP)Global Perspectives in Art 3
ART 3103History of Graphic Design 3
ART 4283Design III: Interactive Design 3
Life and Physical Science Core3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
FallTCCN
ART 3393Professional Practices for Visual Arts 3
ART 4073Contemporary Issues in Art 3
ART 4253Design II: Publication Design 3
ART 4363Community-Focused Design Studio 3
Component Area Option (Multicultural Women's Studies)3
 SCHs 15
SpringTCCN
ART 4293Design IV: Advertising Design 3
ART 4953Cooperative Education 3
ART 4993Exhibition 3
ART Elective 3000 or 4000 level3
ART Elective 3000 or 4000 level3
 SCHs 15
 Total SCHs:  120

(GP) courses satisfy global perspectives graduation requirement