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Graphic Design BFA

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

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About the Program

The role of the graphic designer has quickly changed from producing static visuals to collaborating on dynamic, interactive projects. The strength of design is its ability to respond to the needs of today and to speculate on forms of the future.

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design program will require you to explore design methods, processes, materials and language; broaden your understanding of the diversity and scope of design practices; and customize your educational experience through an array of departmental electives aligned with active faculty research. There is a heavy emphasis on collaboration.Our students come to understand their role as shapers and interpreters within culture. You can also experiment with modes of making on-site, including letterpress facilities, an in-house publishing bureau and a well-stocked resource center.

Some classes you might take in this major:

  • Web Design
  • Design Activism
  • Typeface Design
  • Research as Practice
  • Book Arts

Our alumni are:

  • Creative directors
  • Interaction/interface designers
  • Broadcast/film designers
  • Exhibition designers
  • Environmental graphic designers
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art foundation

The Art Foundation program (AFO) is the required first year for all undergraduate programs in the visual art and design departments. It provides you with an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design. AFO is designed to help you foster an enthusiasm for your work and the means to reflect analytically and critically. Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all visual arts and design departments: Art Education, Communication Arts, Craft/Material Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, and Sculpture + Extended Media.

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