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Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

In addition to the liberal arts core required by the University, our program establishes a good foundation in basic visual and technical skills, design theory and the history of graphic design. Several more in-depth topics courses round out the curriculum, including: typography, advertising, packaging, corporate identity, editorial, web and interactive media. A creative internship is also required during the summer between the junior and senior-year sequences. Our capstone classes, Portfolio & Marketing and Senior Thesis, divides its focus among research based creative problem solving, finishing a competitive portfolio and job-hunting methodology.

TCU Core Curriculum Requirements (39 Semester Hours)*

School of Art Foundation (27 Semester Hours)*

 

Semester Hours

Drawing (10103, 10113)

6

Design (10123, 10133)

6

Photography (20743)

3

Survey of Art History (10043)*

3

History of Visual Communication (20833)

3

Upper Division Art History

6

*ART 10043 is included in both the TCU Core and the School of Art Foundation

Graphic Design Requirements (57 Semester Hours)

 

Semester Hours

Introduction to Visual Communication

3

Professional Development & Professional Recognition in Graphic Design

6

Typography I, II, and III

9

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Computer Applications (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Flash)

9

Illustration

3

Advertising Design

3

Packaging Design

3

Corporate Identity

3

Publication Design

3

Photo Illustration

3

Internship

3

Advanced Graphic Design Elective

3

Portfolio & Marketing

3

Senior Thesis

3