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Graphic Design BFA

Department of Art

Admission Procedures

Students interested in pursuing a degree in Art must first apply for admission to the Art Department. Enrollment in all ART classes, beyond ART 100, is limited to admitted majors and minors. To pursue a major, minor, or endorsement in Art Education, Graphic Design, Illustration, or Visual Art, students need to submit an exemplary portfolio and written statement for faculty review. Students interested in pursuing the BA or minor in the History of Art and Visual Culture (ARTHIST) do not need to apply for admission. For complete instructions and deadlines for admission to the program, please see “Admission To Art” on the Art Department website at http://art.boisestate.edu/.

Minimum Criteria for Upper-Division Admission into Graphic
Design

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
criteria:

  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
Foundational Studies Program requirements indicated in bold
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing3
ENGL 102 Intro to College Writing and Research3
UF 100 Intellectual Foundations3
UF 200 Civic and Ethical Foundations3
DLM Mathematics3-4
DLN Natural, Physical, & Applied Sciences course with lab4
DLN Natural, Physical, and Applied Sciences course in a second field3-4
DLV ARTHIST 101 Survey of Western Art I3
DLL a 100-level or higher course in a foreign language3-4
DLS Social Sciences course3
DLS 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
CID ART 298 Seminar3
ART 341 Creative Photography or
ART 344 Creative Photography, Digital
3
ART 377, 388, 477, 488 Graphic Design12
ARTHIST 102 Survey of Western Art II3
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
6
9 additional credits from:
ART 383 Graphic Design Hand Process
ART 385 Advanced Typography
ART 400 History Of Visual Rhetoric
ART 477 (repeat) Graphic Design V
ART 483 New Media Design
ART 488 (repeat) Graphic Design VI
ART 493 (up to 6 credits) Internship
MKTG 401 Advertising Agency Management I
MKTG 402 Advertising Agency Management II
9
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 DLL course taken3-4
Upper-division electives to total 40 credits0-4
Electives to total 120 credits9-17
Total120