USF 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog - USF St. Petersburg - Pages 274 - 275
The Graphic Design Concentration includes a series of courses in design, history and theory of art and graphic design, as well as the technical approaches to creative visualization. Courses cover typography, layout, digital media, graphics, video technology, print and digital reproduction processes and professional practices. The goal of creative and professional development focuses upon challenging students with projects that demand creative content, structure, management of complexity, and exploration into visual solutions involving information, design limitations, and budget restrictions.
The graphic design curriculum will expose students to graphic design foundation, principles, and techniques most often used in successful visual communication for both print and digital media.
The B.F.A. Studio Art Degree with a concentration in graphic design is a limited access, upper-level program. Each fall a cohort will follow a sequential course schedule. Specific equipment requirements for this program are delineated on the university’s website at www.usf.edu/gd.
Admission into the B.F.A. program is contingent upon the student having a 3.25 major GPA, which must be maintained for the degree to be awarded. Student competency will be evaluated individually and based upon criteria such as GPA, writing skill, and a portfolio of work indicative of: (1) concept, execution and presentation of studio artwork, (2) conceptual understanding of art and design standards, (3) application of art and design concepts, (4) examples of drawing methods and materials, and (5) historical knowledge of art and design as evidenced by previous assignments in visual problem solving.
Transfer credit from other institutions is accepted on the basis of portfolio and transcript evaluation. The School of Art and Art History accepts transfer credit from all Florida programs that are part of the “common course prerequisites”.
The following courses are necessary for completing a B. F. A. degree in Studio Art with a Concentration in Graphic Design:
I. Art Foundation (Requires a “C” or better in all courses taken to progress to courses numbered 3000 and up)
*History of Visual Arts I and II must be used to satisfy the General Education Historical Perspectives requirement if the student is to remain within 120 hours for the degree.
**Fabrications I or II must be used to satisfy the General Education Fine Arts requirement if the student is to remain within 120 hours for the degree.
Total 87 Art hours
Total Semester Hours for the B.F.A. degree in Art Studio with a Concentration in Graphic Design:
General Education* (24)
Exit Requirements** (3)
Art Requirements (87)
Special Requirement (6)
Total 120 hours
*Please note that 9 hours of General Education requirements are satisfied by the Art School curriculum and that the actual total hours in General Education remains 36 as state-mandated.
**Please note that 6 hours of Exit requirements must be completed in the Art School or in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and satisfy either B.F.A. program requirements or a portion of the special requirement. This ensures that the required total of 9 exit hours is satisfied within the 120 hours.
Please send questions or comments to:
Office of Undergraduate Studies
Effective Date: Semester I, 2004