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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Fine Arts BFA - Graphic Design Concentration

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Art and design are all around us. As an artist or designer, you can impact every level of society-from culture, communication and commerce to sustainability, equity and basic problem solving. So if you want to make your mark on the world-and make anything you can imagine-then art might be the perfect program for you. You’ll get to use your creativity and explore how art helps you better understand yourself, your community, and the larger social, cultural and political contexts in which you exist.

Visit the Art academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Art department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Fine Arts BFA -Graphic Design concentration will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Graphic Design Core (62 credits)

Total Credits Required for Major: 74

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall. Students must also maintain a minimum GPA of 2.500 in art courses to remain in good standing in the Art BFA program. If students drop below this GPA, they will be placed on department probation and given a semester to improve their standing. Students who do not improve will be dismissed from the Art Program. To graduate, a minimum GPA of 2.500 is compulsory in all courses required for the BFA degree, including art history and studio art courses.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer art courses taken elsewhere; however, the department accepts no more than 18 credit hours of appropriate art courses toward the major requirements.

Program Distinction

A student in this major is eligible for Program Distinction upon degree conferral if the criteria are met. Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Program Distinction is noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 16 or 17

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 15

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 13

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year Spring

  • Credits: 3
  • Art Elective 300/400 level Credits: 3
  • Graphic Design Elective Credits: 3
  • Graphic Design Elective Credits: 3
  • Graphic Design Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • A broad, applied knowledge of fundamental strategies, and methods of contemporary art-making and graphic design
  • A facility with a specific set of tools and/or techniques of  design production
  • How to deepen their creative intellect and artistic problem-solving skills
  • How to work in the team-based environment of the contemporary design studio
  • How to acquire professional experience to equip them for professional practice and/or advanced study in their field
  • How to acquire critical discursive skills, for presenting their work, explaining their concepts and critically engaging the work of others
  • How to acquire analytical skills to enable them to access (latent and manifest) meanings in visual images. They will develop a visual literacy with emphasis on effective communication strategies
  • How to acquire a solid understanding of the roles of art, design and visual culture in a particular historical period and/or world culture


(HEGIS: 10.01 FINE ARTS-GENERAL, CIP50.0702 Fine/Studio Arts, General)


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