Sep 27, 2022  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Art and Design, Graphic Design Concentration, B.F.A.


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Art and Design, Graphic Design Concentration, B.F.A. Degree Map  

The undergraduate major in Art and Design leads to the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Design. Its flexibly structured program prepares students for professional careers and graduate studies while supporting the liberal arts tradition. The degree leads to careers and teaching positions in graphic design, studio art, lens media (photography and video), visual communication and teaching certification at all levels (EC-12). Students often choose the Art and Design major to develop creativity and the capacity for critical thinking about visual culture.

The Art and Design major offers three distinct and interrelated concentrations: Graphic Design, Studio Art  and EC-12 Teacher Certification . The Graphic Design concentration prepares students for the intense visual requirements of today’s computer-based design industry. The Studio Art concentration prepares students to be competitive professional artists as they work in both traditional and contemporary media. The Art and Design B.F.A. with EC-12 certification prepares students to teach art at any level from early childhood through high school.

To earn the B.F.A. degree, students take a minimum of 120 credit hours, except for those who are pursuing the B.F.A. with EC-12 certification, who must take a minimum of 127 hours. Students will select the B.F.A. concentration that best satisfies their academic, professional and artistic goals. WRIT 3307  must be completed with a grade of “C” or better. Thirty hours of upper-level credit must also be completed with grades of “C” or better.

The Graphic Design concentration includes 45 upper-level hours to be taken from the ARTS rubric and approved COMM courses. Students majoring in Art and Design are strongly encouraged to complete WRIT 1302 in partial fulfillment of the communications component area of UHCL’s core curriculum.

University Core Requirements (42 hours)


Communication (6 hours)


Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hours)


Choose ONE of the following courses.

Creative Arts (3 hours)


Choose ONE of the following courses.

U.S. History (6 hours)


Government/Political Science (6 hours)


Social Behavioral Sciences (3 hours)


Choose ONE of the following courses.

Public Speaking (3 hours)


Component Area Options (3 hours)


Two 1-hour Life and Physical Science Labs are required co-requisites for the chosen science courses.

College Core Requirements (6 hours)


30 hours of upper-level credit must be “C” or better.

Core Requirement


Choose ONE of the following courses.

Humanities Requirements (3 hours)


Students may also choose an upper-level Art History elective to fulfill this requirement. (This Art History elective cannot satisfy the requirements for any other part of the degree.) Choose ONE of the following courses

Major Requirements (72 hours)


Upper-Level Art courses


Students may choose between ARTS 4358  and a 3300/4300-level course in Modern or Contemporary Art History. Students must also complete a 3300/4300-level Art History course.

Sculpture Requirements


Choose ONE of the following:

Studio Requirements


Graphic Concentration Requirements


Choose 7 ARTS courses: 4 should be from the approved list of Graphic Design Concentration electives, available from the program director or the HSH Office of Advising and 3 could be any ARTS courses at the 3300/4300 level with the advice of faculty adviser.

Electives


Choose FIVE courses (any 3300/4300 level)

Seminar Course


This course should be completed during the final semester. It is recommended that students pair Senior Seminar concurrently with a course from the approved list of Graphic Design Concentration electives, available from the program director or the HSH Office of Advising.

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