2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog


Graphic Design, BFA

To earn the BFA with a major in graphic design, students must complete the requirements outlined below.

University Requirements

Undergraduate degree (124 hours minimum)

Upper-level coursework taken at TCU (42 hours minimum)

TCU Core Curriculum (39 hours minimum)

TCU Core Curriculum requirements can range from 39 to 63 hours depending on the courses. Some courses may count in more than one area.

Graphic Design Requirements (78 hours)

Studio Art (9 hours)

ARST 10103Drawing I

3

ARST 10123Design and Color

3

ARST 20743Photography

3

Art History (12 hours)

ARHI 10043Introduction to Art History

3

ARHI 20833History of Visual Communication

3

ARHI 30000 or aboveArt History Elective

3

ARHI 30000 or aboveArt History Elective

3

Graphic Design Concentration (57 hours)

ARGD 10143Introduction to Visual Communication

3

ARGD 20301Professional Development for Graphic Designers (2 hours required)

ARGD 20323Typography I

3

ARGD 20333Typography II

3

ARGD 20453Introduction to Computer Graphics

3

ARGD 30301Professional Recognition for Graphic Designers (4 hours required)

ARGD 30323Typography III

3

ARGD 30400Illustration

3.00-15.00

ARGD 30423Publication Design

3

ARGD 30433Package Design

3

ARGD 30443Corporate Identity

3

ARGD 30453Computer Applications to Graphic Design

3

ARGD 30473Advanced Computer Applications to Graphic Design

3

ARGD 30523Advertising Design

3

ARGD 40143Senior Thesis in Visual Communication

3

ARGD 40410Graphic Design Internship

3.00-6.00

ARGD 40413Portfolio and Marketing

3

ARGD 40503The Digital Portfolio

3

ARGD 30000+Upper-Division Graphic Design Elective

3

General Electives (if needed to reach 124 hours)

Suggested Courses for Freshman Year

Fall (12 hours)

TCU Core Curriculum (3 hours)

WCO Written Communication

3

Studio Art Courses (9 hours)

ARST 10103Drawing I

3

ARST 10123Design and Color

3

ARGD 20453Introduction to Computer Graphics

3

Art History Course (3 hours)

ARHI 10043Introduction to Art History

3

Spring (18 hours)

TCU Core Curriculum (6 hours)

RT Religious Traditions

3

NSC Natural Sciences

3

Studio Art Courses (3 hours)

ARGD 10143Introduction to Visual Communication

3

Art History Course (3 hours)

ARHI 20833History of Visual Communication

3

If available, may replace one of the core classes this semester.