Visual Communications

Bachelor of Fine Arts

ENGL110 Critical Reading and Writing (minimum grade C-) 3
First Year Experience (FYE) 0-4
University Breadth Requirement 12
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) 3
Multi-cultural Courses (MCC) 3
Writing: (minimum grade C-)

A second writing course involving significant writing experience including two papers with a combined minimum of 3,000 words to be submitted for extended faculty critique of both composition and content. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours. Appropriate writing courses are normally designated in the semester's Registration Booklet. (See list of courses approved for second writing requirement.)
Mathematics (one of the following): 0-4
MATH 113 Contemporary Mathematics (designed for students who do not intend to continue the study of mathematics)
MATH 127 Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (designed for students who do not intend to continue the study of mathematics)
MATH 114 College Mathematics and Statistics (designed for students who do not intend to continue the study of mathematics)
MATH 115 Pre-Calculus (designed for students who do intend to continue the study of mathematics)
MATH 221 Calculus I (designed for students who do intend to continue the study of mathematics)
MATH 241 Analytic Geometry and Calculus A (designed for studentts who do intend to continue the study of mathematics) or Successful performance on the college proficiency exam. (0 credits awarded)


The College Breadth Requirements are in addition to the University Breadth Requirement. Up to 3 credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy these College of Arts and Sciences Breadth Requirements

Group A Creative Arts and Humanities. Nine credits representing at least two areas.

Group B History and Cultural Change. Nine credits representing at least two areas.

Group C Social and Behavioral Sciences. Nine credits representing at least two areas.

Group D Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology. A minimum of seven credits representing at least two areas including a minimum of one course with an associated laboratory.

If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.


NOTE: The BFA in Visual Communications degree requires a minimum of 75 credit hours minimum of art courses and 86 credit hours maximum. All grades in art courses must be a C or better.

Freshman Foundation Requirements Credits
ART 110 Drawing I 3
ART 111 Design I 3
ART 112 Drawing II 3
ART 113 Design II 3
ART 116 Introduction to Digital Media 3
ART 117 Research Studio: Practice and Product 3
Total Freshman Foundation 18
Sophomore Year Requirements Credits
ART 202 Typography I 3
ART 203 Typography II 3
ART 204 Media/Design/Culture 3
ART 206 Form and Communication I 3
ART 207 Form and Communication II 3
Total Sophomore Year Credits 15
Junior Year Requirements Credits
ART 300 Typography III 3
ART 301 Graphic Design Studio 3
ART 308 Form and Communication III 3
VC Studio Electives (see below) 3
Total Junior Year Credits 12
Senior Year Requirements Credits
ART 400 Visual Communications Practicum 3
ART 401 Visual Communications Portfolio Preparation 3
ART 417 BFA Exhibition 0
VC Studio Electives (see below) 6
Total Senior Year Credits 12
VC Studio Electives A total of 12 credit hours are required from the following list:
ART 246 Screenprinting
ART 307 Interactive Media
ART 309 Book Arts
ART 310 Photographic Design Methods
ART 312 Illustration Methods
ART 322 Advertising Design Methods
ART 326 Experimental Animation
ART 335 Mixed Media Drawing
ART 344 Digital Printmaking
ART 346 Letterpress Printing
ART 382 Alternative Photographic Processes
ART 385 Video Art
ART 386 Lighting Studio
ART 406 Artist's Machine
ART 407 Topics in Art Technology
ART 409 Design Contexts
ART 412 Illustration Topics
ART 422 Advertising Design Topics
Art Electives

After the required major requirements, an additional 15 credits must be from Art Department courses.
Discovery Learning (Internship)

For VC students, the University Discovery Learning Requirement is typically satisfied by ART 408: Visual Communications Internship, however, students may elect to fulfill this requirement through other means upon approval of the program coordinator.

Art History Requirement

Of the total credits required for the degree, 12 credits must be of Art History, or 9 credits of Art History and 3 of ART 315: Issues in Contemporary Art

Total BFA/VC Minimum Degree Credits 75