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Graphic Design BFA

Minimum Criteria for Upper-Division Admission into Graphic

The BFA in Graphic Design requires admission to upper-division standing by application to the art department. The application process occurs in spring semester only; students must have completed (or be in the process of completing) both ART 277 and ART 288 to apply. When applying to upper-division standing in graphic design, students are required to meet the following

  1. Admission to Boise State University and Art Department.
  2. Successful completion of these courses: ARTHIST 101-102 Survey of Western Art I and II, ART 107, 108 Art Foundations I and II, ART 109 Foundation Drawing, and ART 251 Introduction to Creative Photography (completed or in progress during the semester of application).
  3. Completion of 24 hours of coursework (includes courses in progress).
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.5; ART and ARTHIST GPA of 3.0 minimum.

You must earn a C- or better in all ART and ARTHIST courses in order for them to count toward your degree.
An application for upper-division standing will include the following:

  1. A current transcript.
  2. A portfolio of artwork to be reviewed by the graphic design faculty.
  3. An application statement (not to exceed 500 words) reflecting upon your interests, background and aspirations pertaining to the BFA in Graphic Design. Additional direction, assistance, and specific deadlines for each year’s application process will be relayed in ART 277 and ART 288.

Graphic Design BFA
Course Number and TitleCredits
UF 100 Foundations of Intellectual Life3
UF 200 Foundations of Ethics and Diversity3
FW ENGL 101 Writing and Rhetoric I3
FW ENGL 102 Writing and Rhetoric II3
FC Foundations of Oral Communication3
FM Foundations of Mathematics course3-4
FN Foundations of Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course with lab4
FN Foundations of Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
FA ARTHIST 101 Survey of Western Art I3
FH Foundations of Humanities course—a 100-level or higher course in a foreign language3-4
FS Foundations of Social Sciences course3
FS Foundations of Social Sciences course in a second field3
ART 107, 108 Art Foundations I and II6
ART 109 Foundation Drawing3
ART 212 Drawing I3
ART 251 Introduction to Creative Photography (must be taken by the end of the sophomore year)3
ART 277, 288 Graphic Design I, II6
ART 298 Seminar3
ART 341 Creative Photography or
ART 344 Creative Photography, Digital
ART 377, ART 388, ART 477, ART 488 Graphic Design12
ARTHIST 102 Survey of Western Art II3
Six (6) additional credits selected from:
ART 305 Studio in Visual Design
ART 309 Printmaking
ART 341 Creative Photography
ART 342 Digital Photography
ART 344 Creative Photography, Digital
ART 361 Illustration I
ART 362 Illustration II
ART 409 Studio in Printmaking
ART 461 Studio in Illustration
ART 462 Advanced Studio in Illustration
Nine (9) additional credits from:
ART 383 Graphic Design Hand Process
ART 385 Advanced Typography
ART 400 History of Visual Rhetoric
ART 420 Applied Projects in Graphic Design
ART 477 Graphic Design V (repeat)
ART 483 New Media Design
ART 488 Graphic Design VI (repeat)
ART 493 Internship (up to 6 credits)
MKTG 401 Advertising Agency Management I
MKTG 402 Advertising Agency Management II
FF ART 495 Capstone Review3
Upper-division art history (ARTHIST)3
Sculpture, ceramics, art metals3
100-level or higher course in foreign language in sequence with FH course taken3-4
Upper-division electives to total 40 credits1-4
Electives to total 120 credits9-10