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2015-2016 University Catalog 
2015-2016 University Catalog [ARCHIVED 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

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

Approved electives in Graphic Design: 8-13 units

Students are required to take courses/units in studies directly in/or related Graphic Design 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: 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.

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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