Jul 18, 2024  
2023-24 Catalog 
2023-24 Catalog ARCHIVED CATALOG: Content may no longer be accurate.

Art (BFA), Graphic Design Emphasis

  • Program Prerequisite: Completion of Foundation courses with minimum grade requirements followed by mandatory advising (refer to the BFA Admission Requirements below).
  • Minor: Not required.
  • Grade Requirements: A grade of “C” or better in courses required for all majors and minors (a grade of “C-” is not acceptable). Also refer to the general grade requirements for graduation .
  • Credit Hour Requirements: A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation. Of this total, 75 credit hours are required for the BFA degree. A total of 40 upper division credit hours is required by the university for graduation (courses numbered 3000 and above).
  • Program Code: 3118BFA with 3116 (Graphic Design)
  • CIPC: 500702 with 500409 (Graphic Design)


All Art majors and minors should interview with the department chair/advisor early in their course of study. Call the Department of Visual Arts at 801-626-6455 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  (Also refer to the Department Advisor Referral List.)

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BFA Admission Requirements

All Art majors must first declare a Major in General Art (program of study - see Enrollment Services and Information ) with the department secretary. Once the five Foundation courses have been completed with a minimum grade of B- in each, students schedule a mandatory advising meeting with the department chair to declare their BFA major in one of the five studio areas of emphasis. After admittance, students plan their studio elective classes in consultation with the department chair and a faculty advisor from the chosen emphasis area.

Students who select the Art Education emphasis must satisfy the Teacher Education admission and licensure requirements (see Teacher Education department ).

General Education

Refer to Degree Requirements  for Bachelor of Fine Arts requirements. The following Foundation/elective courses will also fulfill general education requirements in the creative arts category: ARTH 1090  and ARTH 1100 .

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Technical Proficiency - Produce technically proficient visual work.
  • Conceptual, Ethical, Critical - Utilize conceptual frameworks, ethical reasoning, and critical thinking skills in the making of visual media.
  • Learn, Adapt, Apply - Demonstrate the ability to learn, adapt, and apply new techniques, tools, processes, and ideas.
  • Assess, Analyze, Synthesize - Assess, analyze, and synthesize historical and contemporary information regarding visual art and design.
  • Writing and Oral Communication - Communicate effectively and ethically about visual media through written or oral means.
  • Recognize and Identify - Recognize and identify historically influencial styles, movements, periods, theories, and practitioners of art and design in a global context.
  • Contemporary Professional Practices - Implement contemporary professional practices in the field.
  • Cooperation With Peers - Demonstrate the ability to work cooperatively, ethically, and effectively with peers.
  • Profession, Practice, Community - Explain visual art and design as a profession, practice, and global community.

Course Requirements for the BFA

Foundation Courses Required for All Art Majors (27 credit hours)

The following are required for all BS/BA/BFA majors and should be completed by the end of the sophomore year.

Studio Foundation courses are offered Fall and Spring semesters. Look for an “F” or a “Sp” at the end of Art History and advanced studio course titles to see when they are usually offered. An “e” or an “o” indicates that the course is offered only in even or odd years. Course offering schedules may change. Consult the current course schedule for the latest information. The 1000 level courses should be taken during the freshman year.


ARTH 3451  is required for all Graphic Design BFA students, and this requirement is listed below under “Required Courses.” Therefore, Graphic Design students must choose a different Upper Division Art History course to fulfill the above requirement. Please consult with your advisor as needed in making this choice.

Required for Graphic Design Emphasis (9 credit hours)


All undergraduate degrees include a requirement of a minimum 40 credits of Upper Division (3000- and 4000-level) coursework. When choosing Studio Focus electives, it is strongly recommended that students meet with an academic advisor to make sure they are on track to meet this requirement.

Studio Focus Courses (45 credit hours)