2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog


Department of Design

The Department of Design administers the Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in graphic design and interior design. The Bachelor of Science degree in design studies, a minor in architectural lighting design, and a certificate program in design studies.

A minimum of 81 semester hours is required for the BFA in graphic design; a minimum of 48 semester hours is required for the BS in design studies, a minimum of 81 semester hours is required for the BFA in interior design;  and a minimum of 18 semester hours is required for the certificate in design studies; a minimum of 18 semester hours is required for the architectural design minor. The degree plans are outlined below.

  • BFA degree GRDE
  • BS degree DEST
  • BFA degree in INDE
  • Minor in ARLD
  • Certificate in Design Studies

Minimum Grade Requirement

All courses taken in the major or minor sequences must be passed with a "C" or better to fulfill graduation requirements. The Department of Design requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at all times.

Departmental Requirements

A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in the major is a prerequisite to upper-division departmental courses. After entrance into upper-division courses, a minimum 2.5 GPA must be maintained to advance. 

All students planning to pursue a major in this department start as either graphic design pre-majors (GDPM) or interior design pre-majors (IDPM).  This status may only be changed to the major following qualification by portfolio examination, usually at the end of the first year.

Incoming students (including transfer students) must have declared the pre-major before orientation. It will not be available at orientation.

The optional admission portfolio is strongly recommended. Instructions can be found online at: https://finearts.tcu.edu/design/admission/.

The Qualifying Portfolio Examination is conducted following the recommended first-year sequence of classes for the BFA in graphic design, the BS in design studies and the BFA in interior design. Following qualification, the student will be invited to declare the major qualified for.

This portfolio examination is a holistic assessment of the individual student’s aptitude for success in the department’s rigorous academic programs and in preparation for very competitive career paths. While every effort is made to be fair, above-average course grades do not necessarily predict success in the portfolio examination.