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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art: Graphic Design Concentration, B.F.A.

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Art + Design (AR)

The Art foundation courses provide broad experience in conceptual thinking as well as technique in order to provide students with an opportunity to determine and develop strengths and interests. A concentration need not be selected until the second year of full-time study.

Major Requirements

Major in Art with concentration in Graphic Design. A maximum of 75 hours in any single subject is allowed.

Students enrolled as Graphic Design majors and Graphic Design Minor  must submit a complete portfolio of work produced in AR 245 - Typography I (3) . The portfolio must be submitted by the last course date, not including finals.

The portfolio will be reviewed by two Art & Design faculty and one outside graphic design professional. Work produced in other AR courses may also be considered. The Review Committee must approve the student’s portfolio in order for the student to continue as a Graphic Design major/minor. The Review Committee will notify the student of the decision by Friday the week before finals.

Senior Exhibit. The graduating Graphic Design senior must exhibit advanced works. Application for the Senior Exhibit in Thornhill Gallery must be made one semester prior to graduation. An exhibit committee consisting of the Gallery curator, Art & Design Chair, and principal concentration instructor will review and approve works for inclusion in the exhibit. At the discretion of the Department, one work may be selected from the exhibit for inclusion in the University’s permanent collection.

Technology Requirement

Computer competency is met by AR 271 , AR 379 , or AR 471 .


Each art major should be able to:

Outcome 1.

Understand the stylistic, cultural and social concepts and characteristics of the major artistic periods (AR 181 , AR 183 , AR 387 )

Outcome 2.

Understand principles of color theory, space, and form within two-dimensional and three-dimensional space (AR 117 , AR 218 , AR 219 )

Outcome 3.

Possess fundamental technical skill in various media including drawing, photography and others (AR 111 , AR 221 , AR 231 , AR 261 , AR 351 , AR 365 ).

Graphic Design Outcomes

In addition to the art major outcomes, each graphic design major should also be able to:

Outcome 1.

Possess a repertoire of methods to organize textual and visual information ( AR 442 , AR 444 , AR 447 )

Outcome 2.

Understand technical aspects of graphic design production including computer software and printing technology (AR 271 , AR 379 , AR 471 ).


The outcomes for Art + Design majors are assessed through a combination of written and performance examinations, performance assignments, and portfolio of completed projects.

Students must have a minimum grade of “C” for all Art courses. Students may not repeat an art course more than one time.

Graphic Design Assessment

Assessment for Graphic Design majors includes a portfolio reflecting a selection of assignments completed throughout the program. This portfolio is formally constructed in AR 497 - Portfolio Preparation (3)  and is reviewed by two A + D faculty as well as professionals in the design community.

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