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Art & Design Majors


The Department of Art & Design offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Graphic Design and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in Art.

The BFA in Art and Graphic Design are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Graphic Design Major

Students majoring in Graphic Design prepare for professional practice. The design curriculum teaches design thinking, design process and software training. Students graduate with a strong foundation of design, typography and web design.

The program encompasses information design, user experience, interaction design, motion graphics, branding, publication design, app and web design. The program focuses heavily on screen-based media. There is a senior year capstone during which students develop a broad-based design systems project and a portfolio for their entry into professional graphic design practice. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to pursue their specific area of interest within the wide range of design careers.

Art Major

The BFA in Art offers students one of two concentrations:

  • Studio Art
  • Animation and Interactive Media

In the BFA major students spend 80 + credit hours of their undergraduate degree on the task of making fine art or animation and interactive work. This is distinct from a BA or a BLA in Art because the BFA requires more than twice the coursework in practical study of art techniques. There is a senior year 2 semester 6 credit capstone during which students develop the portfolio for their continued professional careers.

The degree pathway for Studio Art leads students in an exploration of painting, sculpture, photography, and printmaking.

The degree pathway for Animation and Interactive Media explores techniques in 2D and 3D animation and modeling practices, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, and computer generated art.

View all the complete Degree Pathways.

For additional information, contact the Art & Design Department.