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  Nov 21, 2017
2017-2018 University Catalog

Graphic Design, B.F.A.: 180 units

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Offered by: College of Environmental Design, Art Department

The graphic design degree offers students the opportunity to study a range of visual communication problems. Students learn to work creatively in typography, print, identity, illustration, packaging, web design, motion graphics, and environmental graphic design. Support courses in communications, advertising, and marketing are recommended.

The department trains students to keep abreast of changing technology. Due to the department's unique location, a wide variety of internships in Southern California studios and industries are available for upper division students.


*If course(s) is taken to satisfy GE requirements, then student will need to complete additional approved units for Required Core.

Required Support Courses: 15 units

Elective Support Courses: 21 units

Students must complete a total of 21 units in two areas:
- Courses in Fine Art and/or Art History (between 8-13 units)
- Courses in Graphic Design (between 8-13 units)

Students must complete a minimum of 8 units per area.  Elective courses for each area are listed on the curriculum sheet.

Approved Elective Courses in Fine Art and Art History: 8-13 units

Approved Elective Courses in Graphic Design: 8-13 units

Students are required to take courses/units in studies directly in/or related to Graphic Design in order to meet the B.F.A requirements.

If you are interested in print-based design in 2D/3D: ART 180A , ART 450A , ART 453A , ART 454A .

If you are interested in digital media, and motion graphics: ART 347A , ART 356A , ART 456A .


All major courses (core and support) must be passed with a grade of "C-" or better.

The total curriculum for the bachelor's degree must include 60 units of upper division courses.

General Education Requirements: 68 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. Communication and Critical Thinking (12 units)
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Mathematics and Natural Sciences (16 units)
1. Physical Science      
2. Biological Science      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Humanities (16 units)
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Literature and Foreign Languages      
4. Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (20 units)
1. U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals
    a. United States History
    b. Introduction to American Government
2. History, Economics, and Political Science      
3. Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnic and Gender Studies      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Understanding and Self-development (4 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 32 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, D, and E available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Students must be exempt from or score at least 147 on the EPT to qualify for IGE.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 120 , IGE 121 , IGE 122   A2 as well as any 2 courses from C1-C3
Sophomore IGE 220 , IGE 221 , IGE 222   D1 (8 units) and D3
Junior IGE 223 , IGE 224   D2 and Area E

American Institutions: 8 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Area D1.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 4 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the quarter following completion of 120 units for undergraduates.

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