Graphic Design- Bachelor of Fine Arts

For information, contact the Department of Art, 124 Art Building (513-529-2900).

This program includes 36 semester hours of studio requirements plus art and design history requirements in the first and second years, including five courses specific to graphic design. Upper-class majors must earn 34 hours in specific graphic design course work with 20 during the third year and 14 during the fourth year. Students must choose a Design Focus Track of 12 hours in one of the following areas: art and architectural history, business, communication, cultural studies, environmental design, interactive design, perception and cognition, studio art and technical communication. Majors must also take three additional hours in the history of art with a non-western focus and complete at least one summer internship.

Portfolio Review

In addition to the entrance portfolio review required by the Department of Art, students desiring to pursue the graphic design major must undergo an additional portfolio review. It occurs near the end of the second semester of the first year. This portfolio and interview process determines advancement into the degree program in the second year. A limited number of students are admitted each year. The portfolio review conducted by the graphic design program counts as an art department review (see Department of Art: Transfer Admission Requirements). Transfer students not admitted to graphic design may be accepted as art majors in the B.F.A. Studio Art Program as a result of this review.

Transfer Admission

Students who wish to transfer from another institution and enter this program must satisfy admission requirements of the graphic design program in addition to those of the art department and university. For information, contact the art department office (513-529-2900).

Program Requirements

(128 semester hours minimum)

First year

ART 111 Visual Fundamentals 2-D (3) **

ART 121,122 Drawing I, II (3,3) **

ART 151 What is Graphic Design? (1) **

ART 171 Visual Fundamentals 3-D (3) **

ART 187 History of Western Art: Prehistoric-Gothic (3)

ART 188 History of Western Art: Renaissance-Modern (3)

ENG 111, 112 Composition and Rhetoric, Composition and Literature (3, 3) *

Global Miami Plan Foundation courses (4, 3)

Second year

ART 221 Drawing 3 (3)

ART 222 Drawing 4 (3) or

ART 259 Art and Digital Tools I (3) or

ART 323 Thematic Studio: Animation (3)

ART 251 Typography (3)

ART 252 Image (3)

ART 254 Kinetic Type (3)

ART 256 Design, Perception and Audience (3) (MPF IIA)*

ART 455 Design History and Cultural Contexts (3)

Global Miami Plan electives (5, 3)

Third year

ART 351 Print Design Systems (3)

ART 352 Identity Systems (3)

ART 353 The Business of Design (3)

ART 354 3-D Design/Interdisciplinary Studio (6)

ART 355 Interactive Design (3)

Summer internship (2)

Design Focus Track, electives (3, 3)

Global Miami Plan, electives (3, 2)

Fourth year

ART 451 The Professional Portfolio (3)

ART 452 Senior Degree Project (3) ***

ART 453 Highwire Brand Studio (4) ***

IMS 440 Interactive Media Studies Practicum (4) ***

Non-western art history course (3)

Design Focus Track, electives (3,3)

Global Miami Plan electives (5,5)

* Global Miami Plan Foundation course
** Course must be completed or in progress for student to be eligible to participate in graphic design portfolio
review in the second semester
*** Capstone

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