Graphic Design, B.F.A.

Sample Degree Map

The Graphic Design, B.F.A. degree provides students with comprehensive practical knowledge of a diverse area of study. While graphic designers are visual communicators, they are also researchers, problem solvers, and, sometimes, artists. Through the synthesis of traditional and contemporary theories and practices students learn the skills and processes needed to communicate visually through today’s diverse media channels.

The State University of New York at Fredonia is committed to doing our part to provide each student a clear path to graduation. This four-year degree plan is a sample map for fulfilling requirements in the major, the Fredonia Foundations (FF), and other supporting courses. The pathway that you take to your degree may differ somewhat from this illustration, depending on where you start and the detours and side trips you may take along the way. If you are committed to completing your degree in four years, we encourage you to consider signing up for the Fredonia in 4 program. For complete information about this degree program, please consult the university catalog at www.fredonia.edu/catalog

Sample Degree Plan

First Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
ART 100 Visual Concepts 3
ARTS 102 Foundations in 2D Form and Content 3
ARTS 105 Foundations in Drawing 3
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
ENGL 100 Craft of Writing 3
FF Course 3
TOTAL 16

Spring Semester

Course Credits
ARTS 221, 222 or 225 3
ARTS 240 or 270 3
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
ARTH 101 Art in Culture From Prehistory to 1400 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
TOTAL 16

Second Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
ARTS 214 Drawing and Painting I 3
ARTS 260 Graphic Design I 3
ARTH 102 Art in Culture From 1400 to the Present 3
FF Course 3
FF Course 3
TOTAL 16

Spring Semester

Course Credits
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
ARTS 261 Graphic Design II 3
ARTS 365 Typography I 3
ARTH 371 History of Graphic Design 3
ARTS xxx Studio Elective 3
FF Course 3
TOTAL 16

Third Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
ARTS 360 Graphic Design III 3
ARTS 366 Typography II 3
ARTS Studio Elective 3
ARTH xxx Art History Elective 3
FF Course 3
 
TOTAL 16

Spring Semester

Course Credits
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
ARTS 155 Introduction to Film Photography (or) 3
ARTS 156 Intro to Digital Photography
ARTS 361 Graphic Design IV 3
FF Course 3
General Elective 3
 
TOTAL 13

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Course Credits
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
ARTS 460 Graphic Design V 3
ARTS 465 Typography III 3
ARTS xxx Studio Elective 3
ARTS xxx Studio Elective 3
 
TOTAL 13

Spring Semester

Course Credits
ART 120 Visiting Artist Program 1
ARTS 469 Design Realities/Prof Practice 3
ARTS 400 Senior Seminar 1
ARTS xxx Studio Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
TOTAL 14

GRAND TOTAL: 120

This Sample Degree Map is based on the requirements published in the University Catalog.

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