2015-2016 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2015-2016 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design, B.F.A.

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The Graphic Design program prepares students for the dynamic and ever-changing field of visual communication. The program endeavors 1) to mentor creative thinkers who recognize the power of design to promote ideas, create awareness and invigorate commerce through visual communication and 2) to educate designers who are capable of generating thoughtful and memorable visual solutions.

The curriculum brings experience in both print and digital design and introduces students to the designer’s role in a wide range of business environments - both for profit, (e.g., advertising, marketing, healthcare, financial services, public relations) and nonprofit, (e.g., education, the arts, social causes, public service).

The B.F.A. is an intensely focused professional degree structured to facilitate the development of a mature, diverse and competitive portfolio. It is an undergraduate course of study that consists of 132 credit hours, 90 of which are in art and design core, graphic and interactive design, and art/design history. The graphic design curriculum is sequential in nature. (See curriculum guide for recommended sequencing).

This program prepares students for full participation in the professional design community. 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:

Of the 132 credit hours required for this program, one half of the 90 credits (for the major and Art & Design core combined) and the last 30 credit hours must be taken at Maryville to satisfy requirements for graduation.

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