The Graphic Design program emphasizes the integration of a student’s fine art skills with digital technical skills and design thinking. Students will explore a range of design processes and methodologies as well as complete projects requiring design for various mediums such as print, web, video, app design and more. The program emphasizes Graphic Design as part of the fine arts. Projects will include an exploration and synthesis of corporate, expressive and experimental aesthetics. Students receive hands-on instruction, personal and group critique, as well as opportunities to work with community and business clients.
The studio is fully equipped with a computer lab of iMacs loaded with such current industry standard software as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and more. The facilities also include a spacious critique and work space for students to work side-by-side and collaborate. There is even access to an oversized Epson color printer which can output digital prints up to 43 inches wide on a range of materials including fabric, canvas, and transparency.
Throughout the year national, regional, and local designers, as well as artists and illustrators working in a crossover of the arts and design, visit the program and work with students. Some of our past visitors include Arlton Lowry from Made by Few (Little Rock), Liz Seibert and Grace Robinson from ProjectProjects (New York), Kristian Anderson from Studio Science (Indianapolis), Erik Brandt from Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Allison Hale from IBM (Austin), Zhao Liu from China Central Academy of Fine Art (Beijing, China).
In addition, the Baum Gallery has featured works by such well known graphic designers as Stephen Farrell, April Greiman, Denise Gonzales Crisp and Seldon Hunt.
Students are also encouraged to submit work to a variety of competitions each year including Print Magazine’s Design Competitive, Communication Arts Design Competitive, AIGA student competitions, and the regional AAF awards competition and more.
BFA Major in Studio Art (80 hours of Art)
The program is 120 semester credit hours, including at least 40 upper-division credit hours. The program requires 80 hours of art and art history, 35 hours of UCA Core courses (fine arts requirement not required for art majors – completion of the major fulfills the requirement), and 3 hours of foreign language at the 2000 level. Art courses must follow a prerequisite structure. Students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 3.25 major GPA on a minimum of 24 hours of art may apply for entrance into the BFA program after successfully completing SMAI (Sophomore Major Advancement Interview). Students should submit application for acceptance into the BFA program in the spring of the sophomore year.
In order to complete the state-mandated minimum number of hours for core requirements in general education, art majors are required to complete a Humanities course in either the Diversity category or in the Responsible Living category.
Downloads and Links
To download BFA/Graphic Design Emphasis Checklist, click here: Graphic Design Checklist
To download pdf of the General Education Checklist, click here: UCA Core (General Education) Classes Checklist.
To download BFA Studio Academic Map, click here: BFA Studio Academic Map
To download BFA application, click here: BFA Application
To download BFA Studio Practicum Guidelines, click here: BFA Studio Practicum
To download Individual Study Guidelines, click here: Individual Study
To download Art Internship Guidelines (ART 4375, 4675), click here: Art Internships
For more information see the Undergraduate Bulletin.
For detailed course information and descriptions, see Courses in Art