Graphic Design

The Graphic Design program encougraphic_design_image_2014rages students to be innovative while emphasizing strong technical skills. Students can explore a synthesis of corporate, expressive and experimental graphic design processes, among them drawing and scanning, Process Dissection Trees, Analog Photocopy Layering process, “drawing with images”, and drawing and illustration as design. The program is a combination of Handcraft and digital processes, where students receive personal, hands-on instruction. This program treats graphic design as a branch of the fine arts.

Aside from the Adobe CS suite of software and Apple Macintosh computer area, the Graphic Design facilities include a large scale Epson 9800 printer for printing on a variety of papers and fabric, a metal-coil book binder, and sewing machines.

UCA’s Student Chapter of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) gives students an insight into the developments in the industry and enables them to get feedback from various designers from the industry. Students are also encouraged to submit work to a variety of competitives each year including Print Magazine’s Design Competitive, Communication Arts Design Competitive, and the OUTput International student competitive.


Degree Requirements

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 the Diversity in Creative Works category and a Humanities course in either the Responsible Living category or the Diversity in World Cultures 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 Program Completion Plan, click here: BFA Studio

To download BFA application, click here:BFA Application

To download BFA Studo Practicum Guidlines, click here: BFA Studio Practicum

To download Individual Study Guidelines, click here:Individual Study

To download Directed Study Guidelines (ART 4102, 4202, 4302), click here: Directed 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