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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree in Graphic Design

Rooted in practical skills and professional knowledge, the BFA degree provides students with a disciplined approach to the study of Graphic Design. The general education program (Liberal Arts) supports major coursework by promoting the breadth of knowledge, critical thinking and communications skills necessary to analyze issues from multiple perspectives. Student portfolios will demonstrate the variety of skills and creativity developed. Graduates enter the field prepared for professional opportunities in Graphic Design.

Learning Outcomes: Degree Breakdowns: BFA Graduation Plan:

BFA Graphic Design Unit Requirements

Major Coursework
          Core 36 units
          Major 42 units
+Art Electives 9 units
+Liberal Arts 45 units
TOTAL 132 units

BFA Graphic Design Degree Requirements

3 Written Communication courses
4 Art Historical Awareness courses
1 Employment Communications and Practices course
1 Historical Awareness course
1 Quantitative Literacy course
1 Cultural Ideas & Influences course

And:

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 108 Composition for the Artist

 

Sample Graduation Plan
  1st Year 2nd Year 3rd Year 4th Year
FALL Major Core
Major Core
Major Core
Major Core
__________
12 units
Major Core
Major Core
Major Core
Major By Advisement
Liberal Art
__________
15 units
Major By Advisement
Major By Advisement
Major By Advisement
Liberal Art
Liberal Art
__________
15 units
Major By Advisement
Major By Advisement
Liberal Art
Art Elective
__________
12 units
WINTER Intersession
SPRING Major Core
Major Core
Major Core
Major Core
__________
12 units
Major By Advisement
Major By Advisement
Major By Advisement
Liberal Art
Liberal Art
__________
15 units
Major By Advisement
Major By Advisement
Liberal Art
Liberal Art
Art Elective
__________
15 units
Major Core
Major By Advisement
Liberal Art
Art Elective
__________
12 units
JUNE Intersession
SUMMER Liberal Art
Liberal Art
__________
6 units
Major By Advisement
Liberal Art
__________
6 units
Major By Advisement
Liberal Art
__________
6 units
Liberal Art
Liberal Art
__________
6 units
Totals 30 units 36 units 36 units 30 units
  Associate of Arts Degree Bachelor of Fine Art Degree
NOTES
  • Students are advised to meet with a Student Services Advisor to map an individualized graduation plan
  • Student Services Advisor approval is required for course loads exceeding 12 units for Fall or Spring semesters and exceeding 6 units in Summer semesters
  • Financial Aid is not available for intersessions
  • A maximum of 1 course may be taken in intersessions
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