Fine Arts and Design in Graphic Design


Undergraduate Program

Graphic Design is a growing industry with many exciting specializations for students to explore and develop skills at. Students in this concentration will take a wide range of courses related to visual communication, including basic training in drawing, painting, and color, as well as typography and information design, motion graphics, and web and interactive design.

The graphic design concentration provides the same foundation in classical drawing and painting techniques, as well as traditional aesthetics principles, as the oil painting concentration. At the same time, students will learn modern design technologies, tools, and software. With a solid training in classical fine arts techniques and perspectives to inform their creations in the digital format, graduates from this concentration can expect to stand out from their colleagues in the workplace.

Career Outlook

Overall job prospects for graduates majoring in Fine Arts and Design is steady. Students with a BFA in Fine Arts and Design have a wide variety of career options, including:

      • Graphic Designer
      • Product and Packaging Designer
      • Web Designer 
      • Creative Director
      • Illustrator
      • Conservator 
      • Curator 
      • Arts Consulting  
      • Arts Educator

How to Apply

In addition to the standard college admissions criteria, successful applicants to the BFA in Fine Arts and Design program are required to have an adequate background in drawing, painting, or related training. An applicant is required to submit a portfolio of his or her work during the application process.

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Curriculum Overview

The BFA in Fine Arts and Design is a 120-semester credits curriculum with three major components: major requirements (82 credits), core general education courses (32 credits), and free electives (6 credits).

Major Core Courses (38 Credits)
Code Course Title Cr Prerequisite(s)
ART101A Perspective A 2 None
ART102A Art Anatomy A 2 None
DRP101R Drawing I 4 None
DRP102A Painting A 2 None
DRP102B Painting B 2 DRP102A
ART107 Dynamic Composition 2 None
ARH101 Art History I 3 None
ARH102 Art History II 3 ARH101
ARH203 Art History III 3 ARH102
ART111 Visual Literacy I 2 None
BUS121 Fundamentals of Arts Management 3 None
BUS312 Digital Marketing for Artists 2 None
ART451 Senior Project 4 Dept. Approval
ART461 Senior Internship 4 Dept. Approval
Concentration for Graphic Design (44 Credits) 
Code Course Title Cr Prerequisite(s)
Fundamental Design Skills 21
DSG101 Design Studio I 3 None
DSG102 Design Studio II 3 DSG101
DSG201  Design Studio III
3 DSG102
DSG202 Design Studio IV 3 DSG201
DSG103 Typography Design I 3 None
DSG104 Typography Design II 3 DSG103
DSG203 Typography Design III 3 DSG104
Design History, Theory, Lectures 14
ARH131 History of Graphic Design 3 None
ART112 Visual Literacy II 3 ART111
DSG151 Image Making 3 None
DSG215 Design with Color 2 DSG101
DSG241 Brand Identity 3 DSG102
Design Elective (Select at least 13cr from) 13
ART101B Perspective B 2 ART101A
ART105 Photography 2 None
DSG321 Motion Graphics Studio I 3 DSG102
DSG322 Motion Graphics Studio II 3 DSG321
DSG331 Environmental Graphic Design 2 DSG102
DSG332 Advertising Design 3 DSG102
DSG334 Web Design 3 DSG102
Core General Education (32 credits) 

All undergraduate students, regardless of their major, are required to acquire certain essential knowledge and skill sets by taking courses from the General Education Core. 

Students in the BFA in Fine Arts and Design program will achieve the “Natural Science,” “Arts & Aesthetics,” and “Health & Wellness” requirements through their major courses. 

As a result, a remainder of 32 general education credits will be needed to meet the general education requirements.

Free Electives (6 credits)

Students are free to choose 6 credits from any college level courses offered by the College.

Graduation Requirement 

The academic requirements for graduation are the successful completion of the curriculum with a grade point average of no less than 2.0. In addition, a graduate must have taken at least 50 percent of all courses from Fei Tian College.