2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
    Oct 21, 2021  
2019-2020 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Interactive Design, B.F.A.

The Interactive Design B.F.A. prepares students for the expanding and exciting field of visual communication through emerging media.  Interactive Design is a specialized application of graphic design that places added emphasis in the areas of web design, motion graphics, IU (user interface) and UX (user experience) design , design for mobile applicatons, and digital storytelling.

With its solid foundation in formal design theory and history, a curriculum sensitive to both academic and industry expectations, and access to emerging media, Interactive Design is distinct and well suited for students interested in art, animation, design, creativity, film, music, or games.

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 128-132 credit hours, 90 of which are in art and design foundations, graphic and interactive design, and art/design history. The interactive design curriculum is sequential in nature. (See curriculum guide for recommended sequencing.)

This program prepares students for full participation in the professional interactive design community. Like all of the Art & Design programs, it is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD).

Programic Goals

The goals of this program are to:

  • Prepare students for professions that create or implement graphic/interactive media, and provide a balanced, well-rounded approach to the theoretical, practical, and technical aspects of interactive and graphic design
  • Prepare designers who are fluent in the design process/methodology, including the ability to define, reserach, and generate multiple solutions to design problems
  • Encourage creative problem solving, critical thinking, and self-evaluation
  • Encourage communication skills through presentation, critique, and creative ideation
  • Provide a strong foundation in the history of art/design
  • Encourage and promote ethical proactices
  • Promote collaboration and teamwork

Design & Visual Art Programs - Core Requirements

(Student must earn a minimum 24 credit hours)

Design & Visual Art Programs - General Education Requirements

(Student must earn a minimum of 42 credit hours)


  • ENGL or Foreign Language
  • Philosophy
  • Humanities Elective: COMM, ENGL, HUM, PHIL, REL, Fine Arts or Foreign Language

Social Science

  • Psychology
  • History or Government Elective
  • Social Science Elective: ECON, GEOG, HIST, PSCI, PSYC, SOC, or WGS

Natural Science & Quantitative Reasoning

  • Science - BIOL, CHEM, ENV, FRSC, PHYS, SCI or SUST
  • Science or Math

Liberal Arts Electives from College of Arts and Sciences

  • Liberal Arts Elective 
  • Liberal Arts Elective


Policies concerning all Design & Visual Art programs can be found here: Design & Visual Art