2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
    Sep 24, 2023  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design, B.A.

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The B. A. in Graphic Design is a liberal arts degree and is intended for the student desiring a broad exposure to the study of graphic design with an opportunity to pursue a required minor or dual major in a complimentary discipline. Communication, business and writing are among the most common academic pairings. (The B.A. is a 48-credit hour major. The B.F.A. is a professional degree with a 90-credit major.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design is a liberal arts, undergraduate course of study and consists of 128 credit hours, 48 of which are in art and design core requirements, graphic design and art history. Requirements for a minor also must be completed for the B.A. (See a curriculum guide for recommended sequencing.)  Like all of the Art & Design  programs, it is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).


Art & Design Programs - Core Requirements

(27 credits)

Art & Design Programs - General Education Requirements

(42 credits)


(3 courses)

  • Literature/Language - ENGL or Foreign Language (3)
  • Philosophy (3)
  • Humanity Elective (except ADXX courses) (3)

Social Science

(3 courses)

  • Psychology (3)
  • History or Government (3)
  • One course selected from the following disciplines: (3) 

Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning

(2 courses)

  • Science Elective - BIOL, CHEM, ENV, PHYS, SCI  (3)
  • Math or Science Elective (3)

Electives from College of Arts and Sciences

(except courses within the major) (2 courses total)

  • Elective #1  (3)
  • Elective #2  (3)

Please Note:

Several minors make strong combinations with the B.A. in Graphic Design, including communication, English or writing, psychology, or studio art. 

Of the 128 credits required for this program, one half of the 48 credits (for the major and Art & Design core combined), one half of the minor (determined by the minor selected), and the last 30 credit hours must be taken at Maryville to satisfy requirements for graduation.

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