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Degree Pathway for the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design - Fall 2020

Sample Degree Pathway for Graphic Design

For students who entered fall 2020 to spring 2021.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total16
ENGL.1010/
HONR.1100
College Writing I / FYSH (CW)3
ARTS.1010Art Concepts I3
ARTS.1130Digital Foundations3
ARTS.1550Drawing I3
FAHS.1090First Year Experience Seminar1
xxxx.xxxxMath Persp. (MATH) - MATH.1110 (QL) recommended13

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total15
ENGL.1020College Writing II (CW)3
ARTS.1020Art Concepts II3
ARTS.2010Form and Content (SRE)3
ARTS.1560Drawing II3
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)3

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total15
ARHI.2030History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval Art (AH)3
ARTS.2100Graphic Design I3
ARTS.2300Typography I3
ARTS.2610Photography I3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total16
ARHI.2040History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern Art3
ARTS.2200Website Design I3
ARTS.3100Graphic Design II3
ARTS.3300Typography II3
xxxx.xxxxSciences with Lab Persp. (SCL)4

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total15
ARHI.2210Twentieth Century Art (WOC)3
ARTS.3200Web Design II3
ARTS.4100Graphic Design III3
ARTS.4300Typography III3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total16
ARTS.2210Practicum/Internship3
AEST.3600Aesthetics and Critical Studies of Graphic Design3
ARTS.4910Advanced Studio3
ARTS.xxxxArt & Design Elective23
xxxx.xxxxSciences with Lab Persp. (SCL)4

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total15
ARTS.4930Senior Studio I (AIL), (CTPS), (IL)3
ARTS.xxxxArt & Design Elective23
ARTS.xxxxArt & Design Elective23
AEST.xxxxAesthetics and Critical Studies Elective3
xxxx.xxxxSTEM Persp. (STEM)3

Spring Semester

Course #Course NameCr.
Total15
ARTS.4980Senior Studio II3
ARTS.xxxxArt & Design Elective23
ARTS.xxxxArt & Design Elective23
xxxx.xxxxArts and Hum. Persp. (AH)3
xxxx.xxxxSocial Sciences Persp. (SS)3

Total Minimum Credits = 123

1Quantitative Literacy (QL) is fulfilled outside the Art Department requirements. The department recommends that all majors take Math.1110 which fulfills both the Math Breadth of Knowledge requirement and the Quantitative Literacy ELO. See QL course listing for a full list of classes that fulfill this requirement. Art students may also satisfy QL by taking ARTS.3820 Art & Design of Data Visualization as a concentration elective. (This course is taught biannually).

2Art & Design Electives:

Additional Requirements

  • All students who are admitted to the BFA in Graphic Design must pass a degree milestone at the end of the second year to continue in the major. Students should create a body of work displayed in a portfolio with eight pieces of Graphic Design work from their Graphic Design II and Typography II classes to be reviewed by a faculty panel. The faculty panel will give feedback to students to help them determine the correct course path. Students at this time may be advised to move to a different degree program.
  • All designers are expected to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Students who are not able to consistently maintain this GPA could be required to change their major. Students should consult with the Graphic Design coordinator to discuss their ability to be successful in completing this degree or moving to an alternative program.
  • Transfer students who intend to apply directly to pass the requirements for BFA in Graphic Design must meet with the Graphic Design coordinator for review of their transcript and portfolio. All course requirements must be satisfied in order for a student to be eligible for admission to the BFA Graphic Design professional program.

Current UMass Lowell students should use their Advisement Report in SIS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum policy for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last updated: 4/12/2021