Graphic Design BFA

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Graphic Design, BFA

Students earning the BFA in Graphic Design are introduced to graphic design as a means of visual communication, organization, and persuasion. As preparation for employment in a range of design disciplines, students gain an understanding of ideation, visual organization, typography, and production tools and technology, including their application in the creation, reproduction, and distribution of visual information. BFA students develop a portfolio of their work, participate in a Graphic Design Senior Exhibition, and take part in portfolio reviews with professional designers.

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Learn more at  the SHSU Graphic Design Website

BFA Graphic Design Curriculum

University Core Curriculum (General Studies)
Total 39 hours
* ARTS 1303 is also a University Core Course (see below)  


Art Foundation Courses
ARTS 1313 Workshop in Art History and Studio (WASH)
9 hour block must be taken the same semester.
3 hours
ARTS 1314 3 hours
ARTS 1315 W 3 hours
ARTS 1316 Drawing I 3 hours
ARTS 2313 Foundations in Digital Art 3 hours
Total   15 hours

BFA Portfolio Review

Art Core Courses
ARTS 1303 Art History Survey I 3 hours
ARTS 3385 Art History Survey II 3 hours
ARTS 1317 Life Drawing I 3 hours
ARTS 2318 or
ARTS 3320
Sculpture I or Ceramics I 3 hours
ARTS 2375 Photographic Concepts 3 hours
ARTS 3305 Painting I 3 hours
ARTS 3307 or
ARTS 3310
Performance and Video Art or Printmaking 3 hours
Total   21 hours


Graphic Design Courses
ARTS 2323 Principles of Graphic Design 3 hours
ARTS 3322 Typography 3 hours
Graphic Design Portfolio Review
ARTS 3326 Graphic Design Production 3 hours
ARTS 3323 Graphic Design In Context 3 hours
ARTS 3375 Website Development 3 hours
ARTS 4331 Illustration 3 hours
ARTS 3335 Package Design 3 hours
ARTS 3324 Corporate Identity Design 3 hours
ARTS 4325 Advanced Typography 3 hours
ARTS 4333 Interactive Design 3 hours
ARTS 4323 Senior Studio in Graphic Design 3 hours
ARTS 3353 Motion Graphics 3 hours
ARTS 3383 Design History 3 hours
ARTS 4385 Modern Art Since 1945 3 hours
Free Elective   3 hours
Total   45 hours


Total Hours 120 hours


Department of Art Catalog  Art Course Descriptions 

Department of Art PO Box 2089, Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX 77341-2089 Phone: 936.294.4311