B.F.A in Visual Arts -Graphic Design

B.F.A. in Art (081) with a Specialization in Graphic Design

The specialization in graphic design offers students an educational experience that focuses on preparation for professional practices in visual communication that include design for corporate identity, publication, and package and web design. Within this demanding professionalcurriculum, students not only gain exposure to various technical skills and design methods, but they are also exposed to complex theories and processes for problem solving within the field. Along with studio work in design, students take advanced classes that explore art and design history, critical writings, and professional practice. This integration of history, theory, and practice bolsters students' technical skills with tools of observation and analysis that will inform their own work. The goal of the specialization in graphic design is to develop practicing designers that possess the knowledge necessary to become innovative and responsible problem solvers. Students also may take advantage of special internship opportunities in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. During their senior year, students develop a body of advanced-level work that is exhibited in the campus gallery. This exhibition helps build a portfolio of projects for job placement and/or admission to graduate school. 

The specialization in graphic design is offered through the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media (ACM). ACM houses programs and/or majors in art, graphic design, art history, media studies (with majors in journalism and video production), music, and theater. Each major includes an ACM core sequence requirement. Taking advantage of the range of disciplines in ACM and the campus mission to engage with its community, the core combines an integrated sequence of classes, shaped in large part by projects drawn from the urban region surrounding the university. The sequence consists of three classes: Introduction to Arts, Culture, and Media, a class designated by each program that combines interdisciplinary pedagogy with a student's major; and either Colloquium in Arts, Culture, and Media or Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media.

Major Requirements for Major in Art (081): Specialization in Graphic Design (B.F.A.)

Required Foundation Courses (27 credits) 
21:085:102  Design Fundamentals (3) 
21:085:103  3-D Design Fundamentals (3) or 21:085:106 Intro to 3-D Modeling (3)
21:080:121  Introduction to Drawing (3) 
21:080:223  Figure Drawing (3) 
21:080:251  Introduction to Painting (3) 
21:080:261  Introduction to Photography (3) or 21:080:263 Intro to Digital Photography (3)
21:080:273  Introduction to Printmaking (3) 
21:082:101  Introduction to Art History I (3) 
21:082:102  Introduction to Art History II (3) 

Art History Requirements (9 credits in consultation with adviser) 
21:082:202  History of Design (3) 
21:082:350  Development of Modern Art (3) 
21:082:360  Art Since 1945 (3) 

Required Critical Studies Courses (6 credits)
21:080:285  Seminar in Contemporary Art (3)*
* ACM Critical Studies Core Requirement
21:085:399  Seminar in Contemporary Design (3)

Senior Program (6 credits in consultation with adviser) 
21:085:497  Senior Studio Seminar I (3) 
21:085:498  Senior Studio Seminar II (3) 

Courses of Specialization (33 credits from the following in consultation with adviser) 
21:085:231  Graphic Design I (3) 
21:085:232  Graphic Design II (3) 
21:085:331  Graphic Design III (3) 
21:085:332  Graphic Design IV (3)
21:085:333  Motion Design (3)
21:085:334  Interactive Design (3)
21:085:336  Interactive Design II (3)

21:085:370  Computers In Graphic Design (3) 
21:085:396 Visual Means (3)
21:085:397  Design Consortium I (3)or 21:085:398 Design Consortium II (3)

21:085:496  Cross Media Design Studio (3) 

Arts, Culture, and Media Departmental Core Requirements for Specialization in Graphic Design (B.F.A.) (Also see Critical Studies*)  (6 credits)
21:083:101  Introduction to Arts, Culture, and Media (3) 
21:083:301  Colloquium in Arts, Culture, and Media (3) or 21:083:401 Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media (3)