Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

BFA Program teaches Graphic Design as the conscious joining images and words

In the Graphic Design program at SFUAD, design students discover the power and meaning of ideas. We believe our designers should graduate with a portfolio of work that showcases the depth and variety of their abilities as creators. Designers have opportunities to cover:

  • Fundamental principles of 2D, 3D, and 4D design
  • Typography and design history
  • Creative concepts for experimental and client-based work
  • Creative methodologies and processes
  • Print media and interactive/on-screen media
  • Personal visual style
  • Contemporary digital image-making tools
  • Web/interactive design
  • Motion graphics

The BFA in Graphic Design requires 122 credits, consisting of 36 credits in the liberal arts core, 70 credits in major requirements, 16 credits in free electives. The program of study is provided as follows:

Liberal Arts Core Requirements: 36 credits

Liberal Arts Core Requirements (16 credits)

  • FRYE 1025 Liberal Arts Seminar (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1050 Writing Roundtable I (4 credits)
  • ENGL 1051 Writing Roundtable II (4 credits)
  • SOYE 2050 Sophomore Roundtable Seminar (4 credits)

Liberal Arts Distributive Core Requirements (12 credits)

Cultural Diversity Course (4 credits)

Ethical Responsibility Course (4 credits)

Options for all courses change on a semester basis – check the Registrar for this semester’s core classes and academic catalog.

Major Requirements: 70 credits

ARTH 1002 History of World Art II (4credits)

CMDN 1001 Freshman Studio I (2 credits)

CMDN 1002 Freshman Studio II (2 credits)

CMDN 1010 Introduction to Communication Design & Ideational Drawing (4 credits)

CMDN 1050 Digital Image Making: Adobe Illustrator/ Photoshop (4 credits)

CMDN 1055 Digital Image Making II: Adobe InDesign (4 credits)

CMDN 2000 Typography I (4 credits)

CMDN 2100 Communication Design I (4 credits)

CMDN 2150 Communication Design II: Cause Based Design (4 credits)

CMDN 2200 Typography II: Advanced Typographic Systems (4 credits)

CMDN 2300 History of Communication Design (2 credits)

CMDN 3100 Communication Design III: Publication Design & Packaging (4 credits)

CMDN 3150 Communication Design IV: Branding & Systems (4 credits)

CMDN 3310 Web & Interactive Design I (4 credits)

CMDN 3410 Motion & Interactive Design (4 credits)

CMDN 4100 Communication Design V: Design & Art Direction (4 credits)

CMDN 4300 Business Practice for Communication Design (4 credits)

CMDN 4310 Senior Portfolio Preparation (4 credits)

CMDN 4500 Senior Design Studio/ BFA Thesis (4 credits)

CMDN 4915 Internship or Practicum (2 credits)

Unrestricted Electives: 16 credits

Formation of School of Visual and Communication Arts

In August 2014, in order to better serve the growing enrollments in four of its academic programs, SFUAD restructured the administrative management of these programs into a “School of Visual and Communication Arts” (“SVCA”). The SVCA includes degrees in graphic design, digital arts, studio art and photography and is managed by a Dean, Linda Swanson (formerly the Chair of the Studio Art Program). The benefits expected from this administrative reorganization include leadership depth, leveraging of curriculum across four programs, sharing of facilities, improved trans-disciplinary and industry student experiences amongst the four programs as well as a larger and more diverse community under a shared school structure.