BFA in Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design

View the Catalog of Studies for the BFA in Graphic Design

Entry for Fall 2017

Application materials due 4:00 p.m., February 24, 2017

(To apply, you must have nearly completed the ARTS Foundation 1919C/1929C courses.)

Read important application instructions.

  • Application Form (Print, fill out, and turn in to FNAR 116, the main School of Art office.)
  • Statement prompt (web form – click link at left to submit web form as part of application process)
  • Bio statement (web form – click link at left to submit web form as part of application process)
  • Unofficial course transcript (from UAConnect - turn in printed with other materials)
  • Portfolio of work (Please review specific application instructions for showing this.)

Please Note: Accepted students will need to purchase an Apple MacBook Pro (with warranty), and a backup drive. The department will provide an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Please see this required equipment list.

Transfer Students: After possible acceptance to the program, we will review a portfolio of work from qualifying courses to see whether you will be able to transfer credits from another institution for our ARTS 2313 Digital Tools and Concepts and ARTS 3313 Introduction to Typography courses. All other courses listed below will need to be taken here in this program.

Email the graphic design program faculty here.

Graphic Design Courses

These courses are taken sequentially/in order by students accepted into the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree.

ARTS 1313 Introduction to Typography
In this foundational typography course, students will examine letterform construction, including anatomy and architecture. Analysis will take place through a historical lens, exploring technological and cultural contexts. Students will begin to understand typographic nuance and connotation. The grid will be introduced as a means to understand layout and organize typography. Prerequisites: ARTS 1919, ARTS 1929 Foundations 

ARTS 2313 Digital Tools and Concepts
Digital Tools and Concepts introduces students to design concepts, with a concentration on professional industry tools. The course emphasizes development of visual problem solving while creating well-crafted solutions and will focus on the manual, digital, and creative thinking skills necessary to produce clear, thoughtful, and communicative designs with the mainstream graphic design software. It will also introduce design and its processes and methodologies, semiotics, and reinforce composition and its relationship to content. Prerequisites: ARTS 1919, ARTS 1929 Foundations 

ARTS 3323 Typographic Systems
Typographic Systems will introduce the complexity of adding imagery, both photographic and illustrative, into typographic layout. Students will learn to manage hierarchy in a more advanced way through the use of the grid. Artifacts will span print to web, exploring how typography must always adapt to new contexts and audiences. Prerequisites: ARTS 2313 Digital Tools and Concepts, ARTS 3313 Introduction to Typography

ARTS 3333 User Experience
User Experience will prepare students to design with usability and function at the forefront of their decision making. Conducting research, creating personas and user scenarios, students will learn to create clear user flows, requirements lists, and wireframes that guide the design process. Students will explore the field of information architecture and how to clearly structure information and experiences for users. Prerequisites: ARTS 3323 Typographic Systems 

ARTS 3343 Identity Design
In this beginning identity design course, students will learn and apply theory of semiotics, through the creation of icon sets and small scale applications. Emphasis will be placed on connotation, creating messaging and formal development. Prerequisites: ARTS 3323 Typographic Systems 

ARTS 4313 Professional Development & Seminar
This course will prepare students for professional practice and job seeking. Students will develop an online and print portfolio along with other collateral. Students will learn about the contemporary design practice through discussions, reading, writing, guest speakers and studio visits. An emphasis will be placed on assisting each student in preparing for their unique future. Prerequisites: ARTS 3333 User Experience, ARTS 3343 Identity Design 

ARTS 4323 Interactive Language
In this advanced course, students will utilize interactive language to create responsive experiences for the web. Students will explore the intersection of linear and non­linear design experiences in website design. Prerequisites: ARTS 3333 User Experience, ARTS 3343 Identity Design 

ARTS 4333 Technology in Context
This advanced course will focus on speculative explorations in the world of interaction design. Much of the work will be touch and gesture based and dealing with the built environment. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge about proper workflow and execution in an advanced way. Prerequisites: ARTS 4323 Interactive Language, ARTS 4313 Professional Development & Seminar. 

ARTS 4343 Identity Systems
In this advanced identity design course emphasis will be placed on creating cohesive messaging systems that cover a wide range of media. Students will create identity systems that are based on research and appropriate to content, context and audience. Media may span environmental, motion, print, web and packaging. Prerequisites: ARTS 4323 Interactive Language, ARTS 4313 Professional Development & Seminar. 

ARTS 4353 Human Centered Design
This research based studio will introduce students to design methods that focus on an audience centric process. Students will be exposed to communication theory, modes of persuasion, sustainability, how to design for niche audiences, etc. Prerequisites: ARTS 4323 Interactive Language, ARTS 4313 Professional Development & Seminar. 

ARTS 4363 Co­op/ Design for Good
With the focus shifting between design for good initiatives, a collaboration with a business, or design firm, students will have the opportunity to address problems existing outside of the classroom. Collaboration, research, problem seeking and solving will be addressed. Prerequisites: ARTS 4333 Technology in Context, ARTS 4343 Identity Systems, ARTS 4353 Human Centered Design.

ARTS 4373 Advanced Typography
In the culminating typography course, students will explore typography at an advanced level through a variety of projects. Projects may range from type design to type in motion to complex publication design. Students will be expected to exhibit the utmost of professional ideation, process, execution and craft. Prerequisites: ARTS 4333 Technology in Context, ARTS 4343 Identity Systems, ARTS 4353 Human Centered Design.

ARTS 4383 Degree Project
In this capstone course, students will compete a self­directed project through in depth research , writing and making. The projects offer students an opportunity to specialize prior to entering the job market. Prerequisites: ARTS 4333 Technology in Context, ARTS 4343 Identity Systems, ARTS 4353 Human Centered Design.