2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Department of Graphic Design

The Department of Graphic Design administers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in graphic design, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in design studies and a minor in design studies.

A minimum of 84 semester hours is required for the BFA in graphic design; a minimum of 36 semester hours is required for the BA in design studies; a minimum of 21 semester hours is required for the design studies minor. The degree plans are outlined below.

  • BFA degree GRDE
  • BA degree DEST
  • Minor in DEST

Minimum Grade Requirement

The Department of Graphic Design administers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in graphic design, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in design studies and a minor in design studies

    Departmental Requirements

    A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA in design is a prerequisite to junior and senior-level graphic design courses. After entrance into upper-division courses, a minimum 2.5 GPA must be maintained to advance. An annual qualifying portfolio examination is required for all students wishing to continue in the Graphic Design Program, whether or not they are graphic design/design studies majors or minors; contingencies may include the student being required to repeat courses or removal from the Graphic Design/Design Studies Program.

    Field Trips

    Field trips may be required by instructors of any course. Every effort will be made to ensure that these trips do not conflict with other portions of the student's schedule.

    Honors College

    Graphic design majors who plan to pursue Departmental Honors must be members of the Honors College and should enroll in ARGD 30003 during their junior year and ARGD 40003 during the next-to-last semester of their senior year.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA in design and present a portfolio or photographs/slides of their work for evaluation by the Department of Graphic Design at least one week prior to registration or at the time of advisement.

    Graphic Design Pre-major

    Students intending to major in graphic design or design studies or minor in design studies must be designated “graphic design pre-majors” by the Registrar’s Office until passing the first required, qualifying portfolio examination, immediately following the completion of ARGD 20323 Typography I. Then they will be assigned to the BFA, BA or minor, based on qualification.

    Declaration of a Major

    The department requires students to declare a major through the Registrar’s Office following the first required, qualifying portfolio examination, immediately following the completion of ARGD 20323 Typography I.

    Student Exhibitions

    Undergraduate student exhibitions take place at various times during the year in the Art Galleries at TCU. No work may be removed from exhibitions without department approval. Students must claim their work at the end of each exhibition. The department cannot accept responsibility for the care, storage or distribution of student work.