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2024-2025 General Catalog 
2024-2025 General Catalog

Art: Graphic Design - BFA

Caine College of the Arts

Department of Art and Design

About This Degree

Students majoring in art at USU have a world of options at their disposal. Each emphasis features in-depth coursework that encourages students to develop their own artistic ideas and style, in addition to solid foundation knowledge of artistic traditions throughout history. Professors are extremely talented artists as well as effective teachers, and they are dedicated to giving students individual attention and mentoring. The Department of Art has a competitive portfolio admission, which allows it to offer smaller classes where students receive individual time with professors. Students also have the opportunity to participate in faculty-supervised group and solo exhibitions.

The BFA is a professional degree requiring above-average accomplishment in art. Students must first apply and be accepted to a specific emphasis area. Students receiving a BS do not have an emphasis, and instead have a non-specific, general art degree. To receive a BA, students must also gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Graphic Design Emphasis:
Students in graphic design complete a variety of courses that involve working with symbols, trademarks, typography, layout, and all formats of print and publication design. Illustration, digital imaging, motion graphics, animation, and interactive media are also part of the graphic design curriculum.

  • For more information about Graphic Design, see our website.
  • Admitted and current students should also meet with an advisor.
  • Log on to Degree Works  to check student-specific program progress.
  • The highest math requirement for this degree is the fulfillment of the Quantitative Literacy (QL)  requirement.

Minimum University Requirements

Admission Requirements For This Program

  • New freshmen must be admitted to USU in Good Standing as Pre-Art or Pre-ID.
  • Transfer students from other institutions or other programs at USU are admitted with a 2.75 GPA. Students must also pass a competitive portfolio review. Space is limited.
  • See department website for more information.

Additional Information

The BFA is a professional art degree requiring above-average accomplishment in art. Only students demonstrating considerable promise will be accepted for this more demanding professional degree program. This degree requires 78 semester credits in Art courses, leaving 42 credits to fulfill all other General Education and University Studies requirements. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 is required for the BFA degree. A grade of B- or better is required in all art (ART) and art history (ARTH) classes. Courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis, except ART 2700  and ART 4915 . This degree fulfills the requirements for entrance into graduate schools of art.

Students must complete the General Education Requirements 

Students must also complete the University Studies Depth Requirements 

Art Major: Graphic Design Requirements (18 credits)

Art Major: Graphic Design Elective Courses (11 credits)

Choose 11 credits from the following:

Art Major: Graphic Design Courses (33 credits)

Open Electives

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. Please consult your Academic Advisor for details.

Total Credits: 120

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