B.F.A. in Design and Animation with a Concentration in Graphic and Interactive Design (FA.GD.BFA)

B.F.A. in Design and Animation with a Concentration in Graphic and Interactive Design (FA.GD.BFA)

Art & Design Core Requirements (24 credits)
(Any Art course satisfies Aesthetics (AT) in General Education)
AR-113Basic Design and Composition3
AR-114Basic Design and Color3
AR-172Introduction to Digital Design3
(Satisfies Technological Literacy (TL) in General Education)
AR-181Digital Photography I3
or AR-183 Black and White Photography I
AR-191Drawing I3
AR-192Drawing II3
AR-241History of Western Art I3
AR-242History of Western Art II3
AR-REVArt and Design Student Portfolio Review 10
AR-SHOSenior Show0
Graphic Design Requirements (45 credits)
AR-346History of Graphic Design3
AR-269Graphic Design Studio I3
AR-270Graphic Design Studio II3
AR-273Digital Illustration3
AR-335BFA Internship/Seminar3
or AR-389 Art and Photography Internship
AR-371Graphic Design Studio III3
AR-374Digital Imaging3
AR-383Web Design/Interactive I3
AR-384Web Design/Interactive II3
AR-390Animation/Motion Graphics I3
(Satisfies Reasoned Oral Discourse (RD) in General Education)
AR-408Senior Year Experience: Client/Thesis3
AR-409Senior Year Experience: Thesis/Portfolio3
Select one AR-300+ Level Course with Course Type: ARHIS3
AR-381Print: Intaglio/Relief3
or AR-382 Print: Lithography and Silkscreening
Graphic Design Advanced Option (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Documentary Photography
Advanced Typography
Principles of Animation
3D Modeling, Lighting and Rendering
Animation/Motion Graphics II
Advanced Digital Imaging and Illustration
Creative Book Arts
Advanced Project I
Advanced Project II
Free Electives (9 credits) 2
Select up to 9 free elective credits. 29
General Education Requirements (36 credits) 3
Complete 36 credits as outlined on the General Education table. 336
Total Credits120

B.F.A. Majors must pass the Sophomore Review (AR-REV) given in the 4th semester of study.


Please consult with your advisor regarding the required number of free electives that must be completed.


The General Education curriculum requires the completion of 45 credits. However, students may be able to share credits from within their major or interdisciplinary requirements. Please consult with your advisor to determine which General Education courses must be completed.


  • 54 credits must be completed at the 200 level or higher.
  • The Department of Art and Design awards departmental honors to graduating seniors who successfully complete AR-410 Advanced Project I (1-3 cr.) and AR-411 Advanced Project 2 (1-3 cr.) with a "B" average, a 3.50 major GPA, and a 3.30 overall GPA.
  • B.F.A. majors must pass the Art & Design Student Portfolio Review (AR-REV Art and Design Student Portfolio Review (0 cr.) given in the 4th semester of study.

Sequence Chart

First Year
EN-101 College Composition I3EN-102 College Composition II3
AR-113 Basic Design and Composition (Gen*Ed Aesthetics (AT) AR,DA,MU,TH)3AR-114 Basic Design and Color3
AR-191 Drawing I3AR-172 Introduction to Digital Design (Gen*Ed Technological Literacy (TL)3
MA-xxx Gen*Ed Mathematics3AR-192 Drawing II3
FO-xxx Gen*Ed World Language3Gen*Ed Natural Science (NS) BY,CE,PH,SC,GL3
Semester Credits15Semester Credits15
Second Year
AR-181 Digital Photography I or 1833AR-287 Typography3
AR-241 History of Western Art I3AR-242 History of Western Art II3
AR-269 Graphic Design Studio I3AR-270 Graphic Design Studio II3
AR-273 Digital Illustration3Gen*Ed Natural Science (NS) BY,CE,PH,SC,GL3
EN-2xx Gen*Ed Literature (LIT)3Gen*Ed Social Science Survey (SS.SV)3
 AR-REV Art and Design Student Portfolio Review0
Semester Credits15Semester Credits15
Third Year
AR-371 Graphic Design Studio III3AR-346 History of Graphic Design3
AR-374 Digital Imaging3AR-381 Print: Intaglio/Relief or 3823
AR-300+ Art History Course (Gen*Ed Writing Intensive (WT)3AR-390 Animation/Motion Graphics I (Gen*Ed Reasoned Oral Discourse (RD)3
Gen*Ed Historical Perspectives (HS.SV)3AR-335 BFA Internship/Seminar or 389 (Gen*Ed Experiential Education (ExEd)3
Gen*Ed Cultural Diversity (CD) or Global Understanding (GU)3AR-xxx Graphic Design Advanced Option3
Semester Credits15Semester Credits15
Fourth Year
AR-383 Web Design/Interactive I3AR-384 Web Design/Interactive II3
AR-408 Senior Year Experience: Client/Thesis3AR-409 Senior Year Experience: Thesis/Portfolio3
AR-xxx Graphic Design Advanced Option3PR-4xx Gen*Ed Interdisciplinary Perspectives (ISP)3
Gen*Ed Historical Perspectives (HS.SV) or Social Science Survey (SS.SV)3Free Elective6
Free Electives3AR-SHO Senior Show0
Semester Credits15Semester Credits15
Total Credits 120