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Bachelor of Fine Arts - Option in Graphic Design (132 units)

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is offered for the student eventually seeking a Master of Fine Arts degree, the position of a professional artist or designer, and for teaching studio art within a selected specialization. The B.F.A. degree program is demanding, requiring high quality performance in order to develop the professional competence of talented students toward successful entrance into the professional art field.

To remain a B.F.A. candidate, a successful student must maintain a specified minimum GPA in their discipline. See Program Options for specific GPA requirements.

Option in Graphic Design (132 units)

Students who fall below a GPA of 3.2 in upper division courses in Graphic Design for two consecutive semesters will be removed from this B.F.A. program.

Requirements

Lower Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • AH 111A Foundation Art History I (3)
    Prerequisites: One GE Foundation course
  • AH 111B Foundation Art History II (3)
    Prerequisites: One GE Foundation course
  • ART 130 Foundation Two Dimensional (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 131 Foundation Three Dimensional (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 181 Foundation Drawing (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 184 Foundation Life Drawing (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 181
  • ART 223 Introduction to Typography (3)
    Prerequisite: For Art majors: ART 130, ART 181. For Design majors: DESN 120A and DESN 132A.

Take 3 units of the following:

  • 100-level AH

Take one of the following courses:

  • ART 132 Foundation Color Theory (3)
    Prerequisite/Corequisite: ART 130
  • ART 241 Introduction to Photography (3)
    Prerequisite: None
  • ART 270 Introduction to Printmaking (3)
    Prerequisite: ART 181
  • ART 287 Introduction to Painting (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 181

Upper Division:

Take all of the following courses:

  • ART 318 Type II: Intermediate Typography (3)
    Prerequisites: For Art Majors: ART 130, ART 131, ART 181, ART 184, ART 223; ART 132, ART 241, ART 270 or ART 287; AH 111A, AH 111B or consent of instructor. For Design Majors: DESN 120A, DESN 132A, and ART 223.
  • ART 321 Graphic Design I: Introduction to Graphic Design (3)
    Prerequisites: For Art Majors: ART 130, ART 131, ART 181, ART 184, ART 223; ART 132, ART 241, ART 270, or ART 287; AH 111A, AH 111B. For Design Majors: ART 223; DESN 120A, DESN 120B, DESN 132A, DESN 132B; AH 111A, AH 111B.
  • ART 327 Graphic Design II: Intermediate Graphic Design (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 223, ART 318, ART 321
  • ART 331 Advertising I: Introduction to Concept Development (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 130, ART 131, ART 181, ART 184, ART 223, ART 318, ART 321; ART 132, ART 241, ART 270, or ART 287; AH 111A, AH 111B
  • ART 334 Graphic Design III: Exploration and Experimentation (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 327, ART 331; or consent of instructor.
  • ART 335 Advertising II: Intermediate Concept Development and Art Direction (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 327, ART 331; or consent of instructor
  • ART 336 Graphic Design IV: Development and Analysis (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 334, ART 335 or consent of instructor
  • ART 337 Graphic Design V: Packaging Design (3)
    Prerequisites: BFA Graphic Design Major and ART 321, ART 334, ART 335, or consent of Instructor
  • ART 419 Media Design: 5D; Designing the Future (3)
    Prerequisite: BFA Graphic Design Major of consent of instructor
  • ART 423 Graphic Design VI: Advanced Topics (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 334, ART 335, ART 336, ART 337
  • ART 424 Advertising III: Advanced Topics (3)
    Prerequisites: ART 335, ART 423

Take 6 units from the following courses:

  • ART 365, ART 366, ART 420, ART 421, ART 442, ART 486, ART 499S

Take 3 units from the following courses:

  • ART 311 Writing about Art (3)
    Prerequisites: Art Major or consent of instructor. GE Foundation completed, upper division standing. You must have scored 11 or higher on the GWAR Placement Examination or completed the necessary portfolio course that is a prerequisite for a GWAR Writing Intensive Capstone.
  • ART 333 Global Art Scenes (3)
    Prerequisites: Completion of GE Foundation and Upper Division standing

Take AH 444 History of Graphic Design (3)

Take 3 units of Art History (AH)

Take 3 units ART outside the specialization


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