2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Graphic Design, B.F.A.

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The Graphic Design program prepares students for the demanding, ever-changing field of visual communication design. The goal is to educate creative thinkers capable of generating thoughtful and memorable design solutions to visual communication challenges. The successful graphic designer is able to bring creative, intellectual and technical expertise to diverse business environments, including firms involved in publishing, promotion and advertising, packaging and retail, as well as interactive, environmental, exhibit, and corporate design. A student may earn either the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) or Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

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 foundations, graphic and interactive design, art/design history and interactive design workshops. The graphic 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).

General Education Requirements for Art & Design Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences:

(42 credits)


(3 courses)

  • Fine Arts - Music, Music History, Music Appreciation or Aesthetics (3)
  • Literature/Language - ENGL or Foreign Language (3)
  • Philosophy (3)

Social Science

(3 courses)

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

Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning

(2 courses)

  • 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)

Please Note:

Of the 132 credits required for the this program, one half of the required major courses and the last 30 credit hours must be taken at Maryville to satisfy requirements for graduation.

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