May 09, 2021
The B. A. in Graphic Design is intended for the student wishing a broad exposure to the study of graphic design and the time to pursue a second strong academic interest. The B.A. is a liberal arts degree as such reduces the time concentrated on graphic design and is therefore an appropriate choice for a student considering a double major or minor in a complementary discipline such as writing or business. (The B.F.A. is a professional degree with a 90-credit major. The B.A. is a 48-credit hour 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 foundations, 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 Core Requirement:
Graphic Design B.A. Requirements:
General Education Requirements for Art & Design Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences:
Skills/Processes for Literacy
- Fine Arts - Music, Music History, Music Appreciation or Aesthetics (3)
- Literature/Language - ENGL or Foreign Language (3)
- Philosophy (3)
- Psychology (3)
- History or Government (3)
- One course selected from the following disciplines:
- ECON, GEOG, HIST, PSCI, PSYC, SOC
Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning
- Science Course - BIOL, CHEM, ENV, PHYS, SCI (3)
- Math or Science Course (3)
Electives from College of Arts and Sciences
(except ADXX listed courses) (2 courses total)
- Elective #1 (3)
- Elective #2 (3)
Several minors make strong combinations with the B.A. in Graphic Design, including communication (15 credits), English or writing (12 credits), psychology (21 credits) or studio art (24 credits).
Of the 128 credits required for this program, a minimum of 48 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level, and the last 30 credit hours must be taken at Maryville to satisfy requirements for graduation.