Undergraduate Degree - Graphic Design

Program:
Graphic Design
Program Code:
5772 Graphic Design
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Start Term:
SS16
Department:
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Art, Art History, and Design

Undergraduate Programs
Graphic Design

The Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, which is administered by the Department of Art, Art History, and Design, is a professional degree that prepares students through intensive, immersive, upper-level study in several areas within the discipline to be successful in the field of graphic design.

Admission

Students enrolled at Michigan State University are eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design if they:
  1. have completed STA 360 and STA 365 and;
  2. are in their second semester or later at Michigan State University or equivalent standing at another university, and have not yet earned their 30th credit in studio art.
To apply, students must submit an application consistent with the process outlined by the department. Applications will include a portfolio of graphic design produced in studio art course work taken to date at Michigan State University. Exceptions will be considered for transfer students. Applications are due by the end of the eighth week of the spring semester and decisions will be made in time for annual enrollment. Fall semester applications will be reviewed as warranted. Oral interviews may be requested. Students denied admission may reapply one additional time.
For further information, visit www.art.msu.edu.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design
  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Studio Art major is met by completing Studio Art 492.  That course is referenced in item 3. a. (1) below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
a. The following Studio Art courses (65 to 68 credits):
(1) All of the following courses:  Studio Art 110, 112, 113, 114, 160, 360, 365, 460, 492, and 492A (28 credits).
The completion of Studio Art 492 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the Graphic Design major.
(2) Four of the following courses including at least one course from each of the following three areas (12 credits):
Two-Dimensional Area
Painting: Studio Art 320
Printmaking: Studio Art 330, 335
Three-Dimensional Area
Ceramics: Studio Art 340, 345
Sculpture: Studio Art 350, 351, 354, 355
Electronic Art and Intermedia and Photography Area
Photography: Studio Art 370
Electronic Art and Intermedia: Studio Art 380
(3) Five of the following Graphic Design electives: Studio Art 303, 462, 465, 466, 467, 468, and 491E (18 to 20 credits).
(4) Completion of a service learning component through enrollment in Studio Art 493 or 494 (3 or 4 credits).
(5) Studio Art electives:  Additional credits in Studio Art courses at the 300–400 level as needed to meet the requirement of at least 65, but not more than 68, credits in courses in the major.
b. Art History and Visual Culture:  Four courses including the following (12 to 14 credits):
(1) History of Art 101 and 102 (6 credits):
(2) At least one course that includes the post World War II period. History of Art 240, 252, 261, 450, 452, 474 or other applicable History of Art courses approved by the advisor (3 or 4 credits).
(3) One additional course in History of Art at the 200 or 400-level (3 or 4 credits).

 
Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Graphic Design, BFA (5772)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Graphic Design - Drawing
Major - Graphic Design - Drawing: 1 course from STA110

Requirement 12: Major - Graphic Design - Art and Design
Major - Graphic Design - Art and Design: 1 course from STA112

Requirement 13: Major - Graphic Design - Color and Design
Major - Graphic Design - Color and Design: 1 course from STA113

Requirement 14: Major - Graphic Design - 3D Form
Major - Graphic Design - 3D Form: 1 course from STA114

Requirement 15: Major - Graphic Design - Digital Graphic Design
Major - Graphic Design - Digital Graphic Design: 1 course from STA160

Requirement 16: Major - Graphic Design - Graphic Form
Major - Graphic Design - Graphic Form: 1 course from STA360

Requirement 17: Major - Graphic Design - Typography I: Form & Meaning
Major - Graphic Design - Typography I: Form & Meaning: 1 course from STA365

Requirement 18: Major - Graphic Design - Graphic Design II: Visual Communication
Major - Graphic Design - Graphic Design II: Visual Communication: 1 course from STA460

Requirement 19: Major - Graphic Design - Senior Seminar and Professional Practice (W)
Major - Graphic Design - Senior Seminar and Professional Practice (W): 1 course from STA492

Requirement 20: Major - Graphic Design - Exhibition Practicum
Major - Graphic Design - Exhibition Practicum: 1 course from STA492A

Requirement 21: Major - Graphic Design - Areas
Major - Graphic Design - Areas: A total 4 courses
Three-dimensional Area: At least 1 course from STA340, STA345, STA350, STA351, STA354, STA355
Two-dimensional Area: At least 1 course from STA320, STA330, STA335
Electronic Art and Intermedia, and Design Area: At least 1 course from STA370, STA380

Requirement 22: Major - Graphic Design - Required Electives
Major - Graphic Design - Required Electives: 5 courses from STA303, STA462, STA465, STA466, STA467, STA468, STA491E

Requirement 23: Major - Graphic Design - Service Learning
Major - Graphic Design - Service Learning: 1 course from STA493, STA494

Requirement 24: Major - Graphic Design - Additional STA courses
Major - Graphic Design - Additional STA courses: 65 credits from Studio Art courses.

Requirement 25: College - Arts and Letters - Art History and Visual Culture Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Art History and Visual Culture Cognate: A total 4 courses
At least 2 courses from HA101, HA102
At least 1 course from HA240, HA261, HA450, HA452, HA474, HA252
At least 1 course from additional History of Art Courses

Requirement 26: Major - Graphic Design - Portfolio Review
Major - Graphic Design - Portfolio Review: 1 course from Passed Portfolio Review. Students with an intended BFA in Graphic Design must have completed or are currently enrolled in all distribution requirements & in their 2nd semester or later at MSU or equivalent, and not yet earned their 30th credit in STA.

Requirement 27: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 28: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 29: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.