B.F.A. in Graphic Design

Areas of Emphasis:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Interactive Multimedia Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree is a professional program providing directed studies and is designed for students seeking in-depth preparation for specialized educational and career goals.
The curriculum explores the many aspects of graphic design including the physical, cognitive, social, and cultural human factors. It will also explore theories, principles, and practice in relation to typography, illustration, computer graphics, web design, motion graphics, history of graphic design, and creative, critical visual thinking skills that are applicable to professional practice and to meet entrance requirements to graduate school.

B.F.A. Application Forms 2014:

Application Cover Sheet
Instructions 1
Instructions 2

FAQ's

B.F.A. Advising Form:

Degree Requirements and Roadmap


Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree Requirements

Graphic Design Major      Units

Major requirements ……………(72)*
Art and Design Core…………  (18)
ARTH 10 and 11…………(6)
ART 13…………………..(3)
ART 20 or ID 43…………(3)
ART 24 or 30 or 40………(3)
ART 50 or 60 or 70………(3)

GD Lower-division requirements….(21)
     GD 35, 37, 39, 41, 42, 50, 60

GD Upper-division requirements….(15)
     GD 135, 179, 180, ART 116,
     ARTH 132 or 136

Area of Emphasis

(I, II or III)………………………….(18)
I.Graphic Design
    GD 170, 171, 174, 175, 176, 178
II.Illustration **
    GD 163,165,167,169
III.Interactive Multimedia Design
    GD 150,153, 155, 157, ART 107, 117

General Education requirements..(48)

Total units………………………….(120)*
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* This total indicates that a maximum of two courses (6 units) in G.E. Breadth C1 and G.E. Breadth E1 will be applied to the graphic design major. These courses include ARTH 10, 11; ART 20, 40, 50 (G.E. C1); and/or ART 13 (G.E. E1). Consult the department chair or faculty advisor for additional details.
** Consult Illustration Emphasis advisor for approved Illustration electives … (6)

Advising Notes

  • A portfolio is required after Lower Division to remain in the BFA in Graphic Design degree.
  • The portfolio needs to be submitted for review only after the student has completed the art and design core courses and all the lower division graphic design required courses.
  • The student must PASS the portfolio review to continue the BFA in Graphic Design degree.
  • For continuation in the BFA in Graphic Design degree, all courses required for the major must receive a letter grade of C or higher.
  • Student work may be retained for a limited period for display and accreditation visits.
  • The upper-division writing skills requirement can be met by passing the university examination or by completing a W course with a letter grade of C or higher, to be taken no sooner than the term in which 60 units are completed.
  • The General Education requirement of 48 units may be exceeded depending upon the selection of courses; such excess units may be counted under the Electives category toward the 120 -unit degree.