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2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) 
2012-2013 University Catalog (Revised 2012-10-02) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graphic Design, B.F.A.

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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.

* Note(s):

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

Required Support Courses: 16 units

Elective Support Courses: 20 units

Approved courses in Fine Art and Art History (9)

Approved electives in Graphic Design. Students are required to take courses/units in studies directly in/or related Graphic Design to meet the B.F.A. requirements. See approved Electives List on-line and in the office (11)


All major courses (core and support) must be passed with a greade 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 catalog website for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are stated under Support Courses, see the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

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
  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)

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